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Brahms's A German Requiem

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Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$29-99

Duration

1 hour no intermission

No Late Seating
Date & Times

3

Mar, 2016

Thursday, 7:30 PM

4

Mar, 2016

Friday, 8:00 PM

5

Mar, 2016

Saturday, 8:00 PM

8

Mar, 2016

Tuesday, 7:30 PM

Event Info

Brahms created his profoundly moving, deeply spiritual A German Requiem in the wake of the deaths of his mother and Robert Schumann, a close father-figure. Soaring strings, transcendent voices, and powerful winds and brass create an “intimate expression of comfort” (The New York Times). Christoph von Dohnányi says it best: “The Requiem is one of the very greatest pieces Brahms ever wrote.”

Program

Brahms

A German Requiem

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Artists

Christoph von Dohnányi

Conductor

Christoph von Dohnányi

Conductor

Christoph von Dohnanyi

Conductor

Christoph von Dohnányi is recognized as one of the world’s most distinguished conductors. He started his career as assistant to George Solti in Frankfurt, and later held chief posts in Frankfurt, Cologne, Hamburg, and Paris. He was principal conductor and artistic adviser of the Philharmonia Orchestra in London, where he is honorary conductor for life. He was the sixth music director of The Cleveland Orchestra (1984–2002), and during his tenure led the Orchestra on tours to Asia and Europe, founded the Cleveland Youth Orchestra, oversaw the extension and renovation of Severance Hall, and initiated a new commissioning project. In 2002 he was named the first music director laureate of The Cleveland Orchestra. Since then Dohnányi has been a regular guest conductor with the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Los Angeles Philharmonic. In Europe he continues to appear regularly with the orchestras in Berlin, Vienna, Paris, London, Milan, and Israel.

Mr. Dohnányi has conducted at the world’s great opera houses, including in Berlin and Paris, and the Teatro alla Scala, Vienna Staatsoper, Opernhaus Zurich, and Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. In the United States he has conducted at The Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, and Lyric Opera of Chicago. His London / Decca opera recordings with Vienna include Beethoven’s Fidelio, Berg’s Wozzeck and Lulu, Richard Strauss’s Salome, and Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman, as well as orchestral works by Schubert, Strauss, Dvořák, and Tchaikovsky, and the complete Mendelssohn symphonies. His Decca recordings with Cleveland include works ranging from Bruckner, Mahler, and Strauss to Ives, Varèse, and John Adams. A compilation of the complete Beethoven symphonies was recorded in Cleveland by Telarc, and a collection of the complete Brahms symphonies was released by Teldec.

Christoph von Dohnányi was born in Berlin in 1929 and studied at Munich’s Hochschule für Musik and at Florida State University with his grandfather, pianist and composer Ernst von Dohnányi. He completed his studies in the U.S. by attending a conducting class at Tanglewood in 1952. He has received honorary doctorates from the Eastman School of Music, Oberlin College of Music, and Cleveland Institute of Music; an honorary doctorate in humane letters from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion; and the Anti-Defamation League’s Torch of Freedom Award. He is the recipient of Frankfurt’s Goethe Plaque, Hungary’s Bartók medal, and is a member of France’s Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

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Camilla Tilling

Soprano

Camilla Tilling

Soprano

Camilla Tilling by Anna Hult

Soprano

Soprano Camilla Tilling’s early debut at New York City Opera launched her two-decades-long career that has since seen performances on the world’s major opera, concert, and recital stages while simultaneously building an impressive discography.

A highly regarded concert performer, Camilla Tilling is a regular guest with many of the world’s leading orchestras. Recent concert highlights include J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with the Berlin Philharmonic and Simon Rattle, Schumann’s Faustszenen with NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra and Thomas Hengelbrock, Brahms’s A German Requiem with both the New York Philharmonic under Christoph von Dohnányi and with the Zurich’s Tonhalle Orchestra under Bernard Haitink, Dutilleux’s Correspondances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Esa-Pekka Salonen, J.S. Bach’s Mass in B minor with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra and Philippe Jordan, and Berg’s Seven Early Songs with Sydney Symphony Orchestra under Christoph von Dohnányi, Orchestre National de France under Daniele Gatti, and the London Symphony Orchestra under François-Xavier Roth.

Current season opera highlights include a house debut at Royal Swedish Opera as Countess Almaviva in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, while in concert she performs Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with the Berlin Philharmonic and Rattle, Beethoven’s Missa solemnis at Milan’s Teatro alla Scala with Haitink and also with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra under Michael Tilson Thomas, A German Requiem with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the New York Philharmonic and Alan Gilbert.

Ms. Tilling’s many recordings include three recital discs with Paul Rivinius on the BIS label: the most recent, I Skogen (July 2015), is a celebration of Nordic composers. She appears on Haydn’s The Creation with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Haitink, and Handel’s The Resurrection with Le Concert d’Astree and Emmanuelle Haim, and she performs the role of Ilia in Mozart’s Idomeneo on DVD from Teatro alla Scala conducted by Daniel Harding.

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Matthias Goerne

Baritone

Matthias Goerne

Baritone

Matthias Borggreve
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New York Choral Artists, Joseph Flummerfelt, director

Chorus

New York Choral Artists, Joseph Flummerfelt, director

Chorus

Chorus

Founded in 1979 by Joseph Flummerfelt, the New York Choral Artists has since then been a regular part of the New York Philharmonic season. Its many collaborations with the Orchestra include a memorial performance of Brahms’s A German Requiem, conducted by Kurt Masur, immediately following the events of 9/11. In more recent years, appearances have included Britten’s War Requiem and Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 led by Lorin Maazel. Highlights of Philharmonic collaborations under the direction of Alan Gilbert include Bach’s B-minor Mass, Beethoven’s Missa solemnis, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Ligeti’s Le Grande Macabre, and in January 2015, the Verdi Requiem. Noteworthy among its Philharmonic recordings are the Grammy-nominated release of Mahler Symphony No. 3 conducted by Bernstein, Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 13 with Masur, and John Adams’s Grammy Award–winning On the Transmigration of Souls with Maazel. In 2014 the New York Choral Artists also appeared with the Vienna Philharmonic and the San Francisco Symphony in Carnegie Hall. Jacqueline Pierce is the group’s manager.

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Special Thanks

Christoph von Dohnányi's appearance is made possible through the Florence Blau Trust.

This concert is made possible through the Helen Huntington Hull Fund and The Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation.

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