Brahms’s A German Requiem

The New York Philharmonic

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Brahms's A German Requiem

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Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$31-130

Duration

1 hour
no intermission

No Late Seating
Date & Times

7

Feb, 2019

Thursday, 7:30 PM

8

Feb, 2019

Friday, 2:00 PM

9

Feb, 2019

Saturday, 8:00 PM

Event Info

Jaap van Zweden conducts A German Requiem, Brahms’s moving musical statement about the human condition. On first hearing this work composer-pianist Clara Schumann wrote to Brahms, “I am completely filled with your Requiem,” and rhapsodized over its “profound seriousness, … magic and poetry.”

Program

Brahms

Ein deutsches Requiem

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Artists

Jaap van Zweden

Conductor

Jaap van Zweden

Conductor

Jaap van Zweden

Conductor

Jaap van Zweden began his tenure as the 26th Music Director of the New York Philharmonic in September 2018. He also serves as Music Director of the Hong Kong Philharmonic, a post he has held since 2012, and has appeared as guest conductor with many other leading orchestras around the globe, including the Orchestre de Paris, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, and London Symphony Orchestra.

In the 2019–20 season, Jaap van Zweden conducts the New York Philharmonic in seven World Premieres and symphonic cornerstones. He presides over Project 19, marking the centennial of the 19th Amendment with commissions by 19 women composers; hotspots festival, spotlighting Berlin, Reykjavík, and New York as new-music centers; and Mahler’s New York, examining the composer / conductor who spent time in New York as the Philharmonic’s tenth Music Director. During the 2020 European tour, he and the Orchestra will open the Concertgebouw’s Mahler Festival as the first American orchestra in the festival’s history. Other highlights include a new production of Schoenberg’s Erwartung and Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle; his first Young People’s Concert; and the low-cost Phil the Hall. He also guest conducts the Chicago Symphony, The Cleveland Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, and Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

Jaap van Zweden’s most recent recording is of the World Premiere performance of Julia Wolfe’s Fire in my mouth, continuing the Philharmonic’s partnership with Decca Gold. He conducted the first-ever performances in Hong Kong of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, which have been recorded and released on Naxos, and his performance of Parsifal earned him the prestigious Edison Award for Best Opera Recording in 2012.

Born in Amsterdam, Jaap van Zweden was appointed at age 19 as the youngest-ever concertmaster of Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. He began his conducting career almost 20 years later, in 1996. He remains Honorary Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, where he was Chief Conductor (2005–13), served as Chief Conductor of the Royal Flanders Orchestra (2008–11), and was Music Director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra (2008–18), where he is now Conductor Laureate. Jaap van Zweden was named Musical America’s 2012 Conductor of the Year and was the subject of a 60 Minutes profile on CBS in 2018.

In 1997 Jaap van Zweden and his wife, Aaltje, established the Papageno Foundation to support families of children with autism. Today, the Foundation focuses on the development of children and young adults with autism by providing in-home music therapy; developing funding opportunities for autism programs; operating the Papageno House, where young adults with autism live, work, and participate in the community; and creating a research center in the Papageno House for early diagnosis and treatment of autism and analyzing the effects of music therapy on autism. Most recently, the Foundation launched the app TEAMPapageno, which allows children with autism to communicate with each other through music composition.

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Ying Fang

Soprano

Ying Fang

Soprano

Ying Fang

Soprano

During the 2018–19 season, soprano Ying Fang makes her Salzburg Festival debut in Mozart’s Idomeneo and returns to The Metropolitan Opera for her role debut as Servilia in Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito. She also appears with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Houston Symphony, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and Malaysian Philharmonic with conductors Jaap van Zweden, Susanna Mälkki, Andris Nelsons, and Franz Welser-Möst, among others. Previous engagements have included The Metropolitan Opera, Zurich Opera House, Washington National Opera, Vancouver Opera, Opéra de Lille, Opera Philadelphia, Wolf Trap Opera Company, and Aspen Opera Theater Center in varied operas, including Mozart’s The Magic Flute (Pamina), Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore (Adina), Handel’s Alcina (Morgana), Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro (Susanna), Verdi’s Falstaff (Nannetta), Mozart’s Don Giovanni (Zerlina), Handel’s The Triumph of Time and Truth (Bellezza) and Giulio Cesare (Cleopatra), Rossini’s Il viaggio a Reims (Contessa di Folleville), and Mozart’s Zaïde (title role). She has worked with distinguished conductors including William Christie, Andrew Davis, Gustavo Dudamel, Christoph Eschenbach, Alan Gilbert, Emmanuelle Haïm, Manfred Honeck, Bernard Labadie, Jesús López Cobos, Mark Minkowski, Carlo Rizzi, and Nathalie Stutzmann. Ms. Fang has worked with directors including Peter Sellars and Laurent Pelly. Her concert engagements have included The Philadelphia Orchestra, St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, Music of the Baroque, and the Pittsburgh, New World, and National symphony orchestras, and she has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and Alice Tully Hall, as well as at the Verbier, Aix-en-Provence, and Ravinia festivals. A native of Ningbo, China, Ms. Fang holds a master’s and artist diploma in Opera Study from The Juilliard School and a bachelor’s from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. She is a former member of The Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program.

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Matthias Goerne

Baritone

Matthias Goerne

Baritone

Matthias Goerne

Baritone

Matthias Goerne was The Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence at the New York Philharmonic for the 2018–19 season. In this role, he appeared with the Philharmonic and Music Director Jaap van Zweden in Schubert and Strauss songs, Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem, and John Adams’s The Wound-Dresser, and performed chamber music with Philharmonic musicians and pianist Daniil Trifonov. One of the world’s most versatile and internationally sought-after vocalists, he is a frequent guest at renowned festivals and concert halls and has collaborated with the world’s leading orchestras, conductors, and pianists. Born in Weimar, he studied with Hans-Joachim Beyer in Leipzig and, later, with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.

Mr. Goerne has appeared on the world’s major opera stages, including The Metropolitan Opera, Madrid’s Teatro Real, Opéra national de Paris, Vienna Staatsoper, and Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. His Wagner roles have included Wolfram (Tannhäuser), Amfortas (Parsifal), Kurwenal (Tristan and Isolde), and Wotan (The Ring). Other notable roles include Orest (Richard Strauss’s Elektra) and Jochanaan (Strauss’s Salome) and the title roles in Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle and Berg’s Wozzeck.

His artistry has been documented on numerous recordings, many of which have received prestigious awards, including four Grammy nominations, an ICMA Award, a Gramophone Award, the BBC Music Magazine Vocal Award 2017, and a Diapason d’or arte. After his legendary recordings with Vladimir Ashkenazy and Alfred Brendel for Universal Music, he recorded The Goerne / Schubert Edition, a series of select Schubert songs with eminent pianists, released on 12 CDs for Harmonia Mundi. He has received rave reviews for his latest recordings of Brahms songs with Christoph Eschenbach, Schumann songs with Markus Hinterhäuser, Mahler songs with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and Wagner arias with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to his New York Philharmonic residency, Matthias Goerne’s 2018–19 season highlights included concerts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Pittsburgh and Houston Symphony Orchestras, and with orchestras in Europe and Japan. He appeared as Kurwenal in Tristan and Isolde at Opéra national de Paris, and as Amfortas in Parsifal at the Vienna Staatsoper. Song recitals with Daniil Trifonov and Leif Ove Andsnes took him to Berlin’s Philharmonie, Philharmonie de Paris, London’s Wigmore Hall, Barcelona’s Palau de la Música, and other major European venues.

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Concert Chorale of New York
James Bagwell, Director

Chorus

Concert Chorale of New York
James Bagwell, Director

Chorus

Chorus

The Concert Chorale of New York is a group of professional singers that has appeared at the Caramoor Festival in concert versions of Handel’s L’Allegro and Theodora, Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Rossini’s La Cenerentola. Other credits include the Brooklyn Academy of Music productions of Philip Glass’s Civil Wars, John Adams’s Nixon in China and The Death of Klinghoffer, and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and Handel’s L’Allegro with the Mark Morris Dance Company. The chorale performed Gilbert & Sullivan at the Performing Arts Center at Purchase; a Haydn, Bach, and Beethoven series; and Live From Lincoln Center’s Emmy-nominated A Salute to the American Musical. The chorale has appeared with American Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Opera Orchestra of New York, and Judy Collins, and participated in the New York Premiere of Paul McCartney’s Ecce Cor Meum and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel in concert led by Leonard Slatkin at Carnegie Hall. The ensemble appears regularly at the Mostly Mozart Festival, including in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy and Ninth Symphony (the latter with Gianandrea Noseda and with Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra), Mozart’s Requiem and Mass in C minor, and Haydn’s Creation with Louis Langrée. For the Lincoln Center Festival it appeared in Julie Taymor’s production of Eliot Goldenthal’s Grendl, Richard Strauss’s Daphne, and Danny Elfman’s Music from the Movies of Tim Burton (the last also televised on Live From Lincoln Center). Last season, CCNY performed all of Bernstein’s choral works, including Chichester Psalms, paired with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, with Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Bernstein’s MASS, in addition to Mozart’s Requiem, at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival. The ensemble’s discography includes Lederer & Davis’s Kismet and Wasserman’s Man of La Mancha with Paul Gemignani (CBS Records), Stephen Sondheim’s The Frogs (Nonesuch), and recordings with the American Symphony Orchestra and Opera Orchestra of New York. The men of the chorale were featured on a Pet Shop Boys recording (EMI).

James Bagwell maintains an active international schedule as a conductor of choral, operatic, and orchestral music. In 2015 he was named associate conductor of The Orchestra Now while continuing his role as principal guest conductor of the American Symphony Orchestra. From 2009 to 2015 he was music director of The Collegiate Chorale; highlights of his tenure with the ensemble include conducting rarely performed operas in concert, including Bellini’s Beatrice di Tenda, Rossini’s Moise et Pharaon, and Boito’s Mefistofele. He also conducted the New York Premieres of Philip Glass’s Toltec Symphony and Osvaldo Golijov’s Oceana, both at Carnegie Hall. He has trained choruses for the Boston Symphony, Mostly Mozart, Israel Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, NHK Symphony, St. Petersburg Symphony, Budapest Festival, American Symphony, and Cincinnati Symphony orchestras, as well as the Verbier and Salzburg Festivals. He has prepared choruses with conductors including Andris Nelsons, Gianandrea Noseda, Valery Gergiev, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Lorin Maazel, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Michael Tilson Thomas, Louis Langrée, Robert Shaw, and Leonard Slatkin. He is professor of music and director of performance studies at Bard College and Bard College Conservatory of Music.

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James Bagwell, Director

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