Bychkov, Batiashvili, Capucon

The New York Philharmonic

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Bychkov, Batiashvili, Capuçon

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Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$30-134

Duration

2 hours with intermission

Date & Times

21

Oct, 2015

Wednesday, 7:30 PM

22

Oct, 2015

Thursday, 7:30 PM

23

Oct, 2015

Friday, 11:00 AM

24

Oct, 2015

Saturday, 8:00 PM

Event Info

Calling all Brahms lovers. The Philharmonic performs the monumental First Symphony — with its churning opening, lyrical violin solos, and noble brass finale transcribed from Swiss alphorns — and Double Concerto, written to repair a friendship. Starring violinist Lisa Batiashvili (“rhapsodic and exciting” — The New York Times) and cellist Gautier Capuçon (“in every way, ravishing” — Los Angeles Times).

Program

Detlev Glanert

Brahms-Fantasie (New York Premiere)

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Brahms

Concerto for Violin and Cello

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Brahms

Symphony No. 1

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Artists

Semyon Bychkov

Conductor

Semyon Bychkov

Conductor

Semyon Bychkov by Chris Christodoulou

Conductor

Newly appointed music director and chief conductor of the Czech Philharmonic, Semyon Bychkov was born in St. Petersburg and studied at the Glinka Choir School and at the Leningrad Conservatory as a pupil of Ilya Musin. He won the Rachmaninoff Conducting Competition at age 20, but was denied the prize of conducting the Leningrad Philharmonic and immigrated to the United States.

Returning as principal guest conductor of the Leningrad Philharmonic in 1989, Mr. Bychkov enjoyed success in the United States and Europe following a series of high-profile cancellations that resulted in invitations to conduct the New York and Berlin Philharmonic orchestras and Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. He was named music director of the Orchestre de Paris in 1989, chief conductor of Cologne’s WDR Symphony Orchestra in 1997, and chief conductor of the Dresden Semperoper in 1998.

In the U.S. he can be heard annually with the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and The Cleveland Orchestra. In Europe he is an annual guest of the Berlin Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, and the London Symphony Orchestra, and tours frequently with Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Vienna and Munich Philharmonic orchestras. He conducts in all the major opera houses including Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, Opéra national de Paris, Dresden Semperoper, Vienna Staatsoper, and Teatro Real Madrid, and is an annual guest at The Royal Opera, Covent Garden. He holds honorary titles at the Royal Academy of Music and the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to the core repertoire, Mr. Bychkov has worked closely with contemporary composers including Berio, Dutilleux, and Kagel. In recent seasons he has worked closely with Julian Anderson, Richard Dubignon, Detlev Glanert, Thomas Larcher, and Renée Staar.

Following early concerts with the Czech Philharmonic in 2013, Mr. Bychkov devised The Tchaikovsky Project, a series of concerts, residencies, and studio recordings exploring Tchaikovsky, recording the results for Decca. The project, which included a festival at the New York Philharmonic in 2017, culminates in 2019 with residencies in Prague, Vienna, and Paris and the release of the complete recordings. In 2015 Semyon Bychkov was named Conductor of the Year by the International Opera Awards.

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Lisa Batiashvili

Violin

Lisa Batiashvili

Violin

Lisa Batiashvili by Sammy Hart

Violin

Violinist Lisa Batiashvili, Musical America’s 2015 Instrumentalist of the Year, is this season’s artist-in-residence with Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. The Germany-based Georgian violinist has developed longstanding relationships with some of the world’s leading orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic (with whom she was the 2014–15 Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence), Berlin Philharmonic, Zurich’s Tonhalle Orchestra, and Chamber Orchestra of Europe.

Ms. Batiashvili’s 2016–17 season highlights include performances with the Dresden Staatskapelle (with Christian Thielemann and cellist Gautier Capuçon), Los Angeles Philharmonic (Gustavo Dudamel), London Symphony Orchestra (Michael Tilson Thomas), and Chamber Orchestra of Paris (oboist François Leleux). She also performs the World Premiere of Anders Hillborg’s Violin Concerto No. 2 with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra (Sakari Oramo), and later performs it with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra (Alan Gilbert).

As part of her Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra residency, she plays Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto (Antonio Pappano), Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2 (Daniele Gatti), and Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1 (Vladimir Jurowski). She also spends two weeks as a Bamberg Symphony portrait artist, performing Dvořák’s Violin Concerto (Ingo Metzmacher) as well as J.S. Bach’s and Thierry Escaich’s Concertos for Violin and Oboe with Mr. Leleux (Jakub Hrůša). Chamber music projects include the opening celebration of the Boulez Saal in Berlin and a tribute concert to Alfred Brendel.

Ms. Batiashvili records exclusively for Deutsche Grammophon; her last album was released in November 2016, featuring Tchaikovsky’s and Sibelius’s Violin Concertos with the Berlin Staatskapelle, led by Daniel Barenboim. Earlier recordings include Brahms’s Violin Concerto with the Dresden Staatskapelle and Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, as well as an album of works by J.S. and C.P.E. Bach featuring, among others, François Leleux and Emmanuel Pahud.

Lisa Batiashvili plays a Joseph Guarneri “del Gesu” from 1739.

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Gautier Capuçon

Cello

Gautier Capuçon

Cello

Gautier Capucon by Gregory Batardon

Cello

Gautier Capuçon is a 21st-century ambassador for the cello. Each season he performs with many of the world’s foremost conductors and instrumentalists, and he is the founder and leader of the Classe d’Excellence de Violoncelle at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris.

In the 2018–19 season Mr. Capuçon is artist-in-residence with Orquesta de Valencia. He and pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet premiere Richard Dubugnon’s Eros Athanatos, a concerto for cello and piano, with the West Australia, Antwerp, and WDR symphony orchestras and Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France. He performs as soloist with the New York, Los Angeles, Munich, and Czech Republic philharmonic orchestras; Chicago, NHK, and Sydney symphony orchestras; and Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Orchestre de Paris. As a chamber musician, he performs with violinist Lisa Batiashvili and Mr. Thibaudet on a European tour, and appears with recital partners Frank Braley, Gabriela Montero, and Yuja Wang, as well as Mr. Thibaudet at Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Aix en Provence, and Vienna’s Musikverein.

Recording exclusively for Erato (Warner Classics), Mr. Capuçon’s award-winning discography includes his latest album, Intuition, released in 2018 and recorded with the Paris Chamber Orchestra, Douglas Boyd, and Jérôme Ducros. Earlier recordings include concertos by Shostakovich and Saint-Saëns, the complete Beethoven sonatas with Mr. Braley, and Schubert’s String Quintet with the Ébène Quartet. An album of music by Schumann, will be released in January 2019. He appears on screen and online in programs including The Artist Academy, Prodiges and Now Hear This, and in 2013 Deutsche Grammophon released a DVD featuring Mr. Capuçon as soloist with the Berlin Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel in a live performance of Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 1.

Born in Chambéry, Gautier Capuçon began playing the cello at age five. He studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur in Paris with Philippe Muller and Annie Cochet-Zakine, and later with Heinrich Schiff in Vienna.

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