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WATCH LIVE October 7: New York Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall

How do you (virtually) get to Carnegie Hall? Webcast, webcast, webcast.

Come back here Wednesday, October 7, at 7:00 PM to watch medici.tv's live webcast of the New York Philharmonic performing at Carnegie Hall's Opening Night! The program includes the World Premiere of Magnus Lindberg's Vivo, Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 featuring Evgeny Kissin, and Ravel's Daphnis et Chloé Suite No. 2.

Watch a trailer here

If you need a link to the livestream, here it is: Alan Gilbert, Evgeny Kissin: Tchaikovsky, Lindberg, Ravel

Photos: Tour Concludes in Taiwan

The ASIA / WINTER 2014 tour came to a triumphant conclusion this week with a concert in Yokohama and two in Taipei. Joining Alan Gilbert and the Philharmonic for brilliant concerto performances were new and longtime friends: jazz sensation Makoto Ozone; pianist Yefim Bronfman, the Philharmonic’s current Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence; and violinist Lisa Batiashvili, who will succeed him next season. After two weeks, ten concerts, six cities, and three countries, the Orchestra headed back to New York to resume performing for their hometown audience.

PHOTOS: Tokyo

The Philharmonic's week in Tokyo was packed with performances: a concert for families featuring Alan Gilbert narrating Britten's The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra in Japanese and the Orchestra playing music by 10- to 15-year-old composers from New York and Fukushima; concertos with jazz pianist Makoto Ozone, Artist-in-Residence Yefim Bronfman, and violinist Lisa Batiashvili; and the Principal Woodwind Quintet in chamber music at the Residence of the U.S. Ambassador to Japan, Caroline Kennedy.

Alan Gilbert Back in Berlin

Alan Gilbert  

Tonight Music Director Alan Gilbert conducts the Berlin Philharmonic in the first of three evenings of concerts featuring Dvořák's Cello Concerto in B minor and Magnus Lindberg's Kraft.

This is his third trip to Germany this season. He led the Berlin Philharmonic September 12–14, and October 31–November 3 and November 7–9 he conducted the Munich Philharmonic and Hamburg's NDR Symphony, respectively.

Die Welt, in a review of one of the Hamburg concerts, wrote of Gilbert's conducting of his arrangement of excerpts of Wagner's The Ring of the Nibelung:

"Each breakneck run in the violin parts and each delicate woodwind comment was audible, and even the collective brass that usually dominates the Wagnerian sound was instead well-balanced and articulated. Gilbert obviously knew what he wanted.... In the introductory "Ride of the Valkyries," he chiseled the inner structures instead of unleashing an overwhelming barrage of sound. This made it so much more effective when Gilbert gave the musicians free rein….The tonal and technical mastery was deeply impressive."

Alan Gilbert’s Tchaikovsky 5 ‘Bespoke and Modeled with Style’: N.Y. Times

Alan Gilbert 

Alan Gilbert made Tchaikovsky’s Fifth feel “bespoke and modeled with style,” The New York Times said of Thursday’s concert.

Critic Steve Smith added that Lindberg’s Piano Concerto No. 2 “constantly seduces with its arresting instrumental textures and barreling energy. Mr. Bronfman’s electric presence ... cause[d] a hearty roar”; and Rouse’s Rapture “elicited positively glorious sounds from the orchestra.”

Smith noted how rare second or third hearings of major new works are, adding: "credit, then, goes to Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic, who have provided a chance to hear" the Lindberg concerto again.

The Financial Times' Martin Bernheimer echoed this: "Alan Gilbert, a maestro who plays by his own rules, apparently doesn’t care [that second performances are rare]."

Michael Cameron, in New York Classical Review, praised Gilbert's direction in the Tchaikovsky, "from the vigorous sweep and structural integrity of the opening movement to the hushed urgency and propulsive drive of the Scherzo. ... Gilbert received sustained warm and richly deserved applause from both audience and orchestra."​

Hear Grammy-Nominated Lindberg Concerto at Tilles Center Jan. 4

Alan Gilbert, Yefim Bronfman, Magnus Lindberg

Great news for new-music fans on Long Island: the program for the concert January 4 at Long Island University’s Tilles Center for the Performing Arts has been changed to allow the audience to hear Magnus Lindberg’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with Yefim Bronfman as soloist. Tchaikovsky’s emotion-packed Fifth Symphony and Christopher Rouse’s Rapture round out the program.

“Brilliant and triumphant … I look forward to hearing it again,” said The New York Times after Bronfman’s premiere performance of the concerto in 2012 (see photo, with, from left, Alan Gilbert, Bronfman, and Lindberg). Now you can, at the Tilles Center and at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center January 2, 3, and 7.

The Philharmonic’s recording of the World Premiere of Lindberg’s Piano Concerto No. 2, featuring Yefim Bronfman and conducted by Music Director Alan Gilbert, is nominated for two Grammy Awards: Best Classical Instrumental Solo and Best Contemporary Classical Composition.

The Philharmonic’s former Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence, Magnus Lindberg composed the concerto, co-commissioned by the Philharmonic, for Mr. Bronfman, the Philharmonic’s Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence.

Post-Hercules Update: As of now, this concert will go on as scheduled.

Lindberg, Bronfman Nominated for Two Grammys for Philharmonic CD

Lindberg CD cover

The New York Philharmonic's recording (distributed by Dacapo) of the World Premiere of Magnus Lindberg's Piano Concerto No. 2, featuring Yefim Bronfman and conducted by Music Director Alan Gilbert, has been nominated for two Grammy Awards: Best Classical Instrumental Solo and Best Contemporary Classical Composition. The Philharmonic's former Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence, Magnus Lindberg composed his Piano Concerto No. 2, co-commissioned by the Philharmonic, for Mr. Bronfman.

The album is available for purchase from the New York Philharmonic’s e-store, Amazon, iTunes, and other music retailers.

Yefim Bronfman, the Philharmonic's current Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence, will reprise the concerto with the Philharmonic and Alan Gilbert January 2–3 and 7, 2014.

Congratulations to all!

A Bubbly Birthday

Magnus Lindberg Kraft

A very happy 55th birthday to our former Composer-in-Residence, Magnus Lindberg! He remains a friend of the Phil, as evidenced by his participation as a soloist in his own work, Kraft, during our EUROPE / SPRING 2013 tour. The performance, at Volkswagen’s Transparent Factory in Germany, is available for streaming at medici.tv. Or celebrate with Alan Gilbert and the Philharmonic’s recent release on Dacapo, featuring three works composed during Magnus’s tenure as Composer-in-Residence: Expo, Piano Concerto No. 2, and Al Largo.

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