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Salonen Conducts Also sprach Zarathustra

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Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$46-140

Duration

1 hour & 30 minutes with intermission

Date & Times

27

Apr, 2017

Thursday, 7:30 PM

29

Apr, 2017

Saturday, 8:00 PM

Event Info

The New York Philharmonic performs Strauss’s iconic Also sprach Zarathustra, immortalized in popular culture in the majestic fanfare that hails a primeval sunrise in Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. For lovers of the music of today, Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts a new work by British composer Tansy Davies, who describes herself as “one who walks between worlds.”

Program To Include

Stravinsky

Funeral Song

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Tansy Davies

Forest: a concerto for four horns (U.S. Premiere–New York Philharmonic Co-Commission with Philharmonia Orchestra and Warsaw Autumn Festival )

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R. Strauss

Also sprach Zarathustra

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Artists

Esa-Pekka Salonen

Conductor

Esa-Pekka Salonen

Conductor

Esa-Pekka Salonen

Conductor

Esa-Pekka Salonen is principal conductor and artistic advisor of London’s Philharmonia Orchestra and conductor laureate of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, where he was music director from 1992 until 2009. The 2016–17 season is his first of five as artist-in-association of the Finnish National Opera and Ballet. Mr. Salonen is also artistic director and co-founder of the annual Baltic Sea Festival, now in its 14th year, which invites celebrated artists to promote unity and ecological awareness among the countries around the Baltic Sea.

In the 2016–17 season Mr. Salonen conducts the premieres of a piano concerto by Haukur Tómasson, a concerto for four horns by Tansy Davies (and reprises the work in its New York Premiere with the New York Philharmonic), and Stravinsky’s newly rediscovered Funeral Song, thought to have been lost in the Russian Revolution. With the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Mr. Salonen co-curates the Reykjavík Festival, bringing Iceland’s contemporary music scene together with the orchestra for four days. At Carnegie Hall he conducts three concerts with The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, which he led in Richard Strauss’s Elektra, one of the most critically praised productions of The Met’s 2015–16 season.

Esa-Pekka Salonen’s compositions combine intricacy and technical virtuosity with playful rhythmic and melodic innovations. In the 2016–17 season the New York Philharmonic will give the New York Premiere of his new Cello Concerto, with Yo-Yo Ma as soloist; rejoin Mr. Ma in the European Premiere of the Cello Concerto on the EUROPE / SPRING 2017 tour; and give the New York Premiere of Mr. Salonen’s Wing on Wing, which was written for the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s inaugural season at the Frank Gehry–designed Walt Disney Concert Hall and includes recordings of Southern California’s plainfin midshipman fish and distorted samples of Mr. Gehry’s voice. The Cello Concerto will also be performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Mr. Salonen.

Mr. Salonen and the Philharmonia continue their groundbreaking experimentation with how to present music with a digital takeover of the Southbank Centre, featuring the first major virtual-reality production from a U.K. symphony orchestra, as well as the Philharmonia’s award-winning RE-RITE and Universe of Sound installations, which have allowed people all over the world to conduct, play, and step inside the orchestra through audio and video projections. Mr. Salonen also drove the development of a much-hailed app for iPad, The Orchestra, which allows the user unprecedented access to the internal workings of eight symphonic works. He also serves as an advisor to the Sync Project, a global initiative to harness the power of music for human health.

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Richard Watkins

Horn

Richard Watkins

Horn

Horn

Richard Watkins was the Philharmonia Orchestra’s principal horn for 12 years, and is currently a member of the Nash Ensemble and a founding member of London Winds. He has appeared at many of the world’s most prestigious venues in the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., and has worked with conductors including Carlo Maria Giulini, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Leonard Slatkin, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Vasily Petrenko, Andrew Davis, and Mark Elder.

Mr. Watkins has a long association with Aldeburgh Music, first performing Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings with Peter Pears in 1983. Since then he appears regularly as soloist and recitalist, performing concertos by Colin Matthews and Oliver Knussen, and Britten’s works for solo horn, the Serenade, and Canticles. Mr. Watkins coaches and gives master classes at the Britten-Pears School, recorded Britten’s Serenade with Allan Clayton and Aldeburgh Strings, and directed the inaugural Britten–Pears Brass Week.

In recital, he performs with singers including John Mark Ainsley, Ian Bostridge, and Mark Padmore, and with pianists Barry Douglas, Julius Drake, Paul Lewis, Roger Vignoles, and Ian Brown.

Mr. Watkins has premiered concertos by Maxwell-Davies, Nigel Osborne, Magnus Lindberg, Dominic Muldowney, Nicola LeFanu, and Colin and David Matthews. Recent premieres include Colin Matthews’s Horn Concerto and trio; horn quintets by James MacMillan, David Matthews, and Mark-Anthony Turnage; and horn trios by Huw Watkins, Alexander Goehr, and Gerald Barry.

He has recorded the Mozart, Arnold, Glière, Smyth, and Matthews horn concertos; Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante; and chamber works by Schumann, Schubert, and Poulenc. Recent releases include the Britten Canticles with Mark Padmore (Wigmore Live), Alexander Goehr’s Horn Trio (NMC), Edward Gregson’s Horn Concerto with the BBC Philharmonic (Chandos), and Sea-Eagle, featuring works by British composers composed for Mr. Watkins (NMC).

Richard Watkins holds the Dennis Brain Chair of Horn Playing at the Royal Academy of Music, where he is also a Fellow.

 

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Katy Woolley

Horn

Katy Woolley

Horn

Horn

Katy Woolley was appointed principal horn of the Philharmonia Orchestra at age 22, having previously been awarded the third horn position while she was still a student. Having first appeared as a soloist with the Philharmonia while still studying at the Royal College of Music, she now enjoys a blossoming solo career, performing works by the likes of Richard Strauss, Mozart, and Britten. Most recently with the Philharmonia in London, she has performed Richard Strauss’s Horn Concerto No. 2 led by Tugan Sokhiev and the Britten Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings with tenor Mark Padmore, led by Vasily Petrenko.

Born in Exeter, Katy Woolley began playing horn at age ten and studied with Sue Dent and, later, Simon Rayner of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Ms. Woolley graduated from the Royal College of Music with a first class degree and was awarded the Tagore Gold Medal by HRH The Prince of Wales. She served as principal horn in the European Union Youth Orchestra for two years and undertook further study at Universität der Künste in Berlin with Christian-Friedrich Dallmann. Katy Woolley is a professor of horn at both the Royal Academy of Music and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.

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Nigel Black

Horn

Nigel Black

Horn

Horn

Nigel Black is principal horn of the Philharmonia Orchestra and head of the brass faculty at London’s Royal College of Music.

In 1979, at the age of 19 and after just two years of study at the Royal College of Music, Mr. Black was appointed principal horn of Milan’s Teatro alla Scala. He was subsequently a member the Chamber Orchestra of Europe (of which he was a founding member and first principal horn), Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and London Philharmonic Orchestra before joining the Philharmonia in 1991.

In addition to hundreds of recordings with the Philharmonia, his solo recording credits include a recital disc with Vladimir Ashkenazy, Corno Cantabile (Octavia Exton Records); Schumann’s Konzertstück for Four Horns with the Philharmonia Orchestra (Deutsche Grammophon); and The London Horn Sound (Cala Records).

Nigel Black has also been in demand as a studio player for more than 30 years and can be heard on numerous albums and hundreds of film scores, including every James Bond film since GoldenEye, The Lord of the Rings, and the entire Harry Potter series.

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Michael Thompson

Horn

Michael Thompson

Horn

Horn

Michael Thompson is internationally acknowledged as one of the world’s leading horn players and as a charismatic and inspirational teacher. As a conductor, he is known as an orchestral trainer and has received acclaim for his work with young musicians.

After studies at the Royal Academy of Music, at age 18 he was appointed principal horn with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Within three years he was offered the principal horn positions of both the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Philharmonia Orchestra; he remained in his Philharmonia post for ten years before leaving to concentrate on his solo and chamber music career. As director, soloist, or conductor, he has performed in Japan, Australia, the U.S., and Europe, including his debut with the Danish Radio Sinfonietta in Copenhagen, Ostgota Winds Symphony in Sweden, and Alabama Symphony Orchestra. He has directed the London Sinfonietta, Bournemouth Sinfonietta, Britten Pears Orchestra, Ulster Youth Orchestra, and the Royal Academy’s Sinfonia and Concert orchestras. He has conducted a number of community orchestras and was principal conductor of the City of Rochester Symphony Orchestra, 2003–08.

His discography includes the major solo horn repertoire, period instrument recordings, and CDs with his wind quintet and horn quartet. As a member of the London Sinfonietta he is at the forefront of new music and has given many first performances, including the U.K. Premieres of Ligeti’s Hamburg Concerto and Richard Ayres’s Noncerto.

An active studio musician, he has played on sound tracks including The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and the James Bond films. His work for Paul McCartney resulted in the composition of Stately Horn, which the Michael Thompson Horn Quartet premiered at Royal Albert Hall and Carnegie Hall. Michael Thompson is a Fellow and Aubrey Brain professor of horn at the Royal Academy of Music and gives regular master classes and lectures worldwide. He plays on an instrument made by Paxman of London.

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