Grieg’s Piano Concerto Featuring Thibaudet
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Grieg's Piano Concerto Featuring Thibaudet

Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$34-144

Duration

2 hours with intermission

Date & Times

28

Feb, 2019

Thursday, 7:30 PM

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Mar, 2019

Friday, 8:00 PM

2

Mar, 2019

Saturday, 8:00 PM

Event Info

Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet shines in Grieg’s youthful concerto, inspired by Norwegian dances and folk songs. Herbert Blomstedt leads Dvořák’s Eighth Symphony — “melodies simply pour out of me,” the composer said, from the lyrical echoes of his Bohemian homeland to trumpet fanfares and exuberant brass calls — and Grieg’s evocative, deservedly popular Peer Gynt Suite No. 1.

Program

Grieg

Peer Gynt Suite No. 1

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Grieg

Piano Concerto

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Dvořák

Symphony No. 8

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Artists

Herbert Blomstedt

Conductor

Herbert Blomstedt

Conductor

Herbert Blomstedt

Conductor

Noble, charming, sober, modest. Such qualities may play a major role in human coexistence and are certainly appreciated. However, they are rather atypical for extraordinary personalities such as conductors. Whatever the general public’s notion of a conductor may be, Herbert Blomstedt is an exception, precisely because he possesses those very qualities which seemingly have so little to do with a conductor’s claim to power. The fact that he disproves the usual clichés in many respects should certainly not lead to the assumption that he does not have the power to assert his clearly defined musical goals. Anyone who has attended Herbert Blomstedt’s rehearsals and experienced his concentration on the essence of the music, the precision in the phrasing of musical facts and circumstances as they appear in the score, the tenacity regarding the implementation of an aesthetic view, is likely to have been amazed at how few despotic measures were required to achieve this end. Basically, Herbert Blomstedt has always represented that type of artist whose professional competence and natural authority make all external emphasis superfluous. His work as a conductor is inseparably linked to his religious and human ethos; accordingly, his interpretations combine great faithfulness to the score and analytical precision with a soulfulness that awakens the music to pulsating life. In the more than 60 years of his career, he has acquired the unrestricted respect of the musical world.

Born in the US to Swedish parents and educated in Uppsala, New York, Darmstadt, and Basel, Herbert Blomstedt made his conducting debut in 1954 with the Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and subsequently served as chief conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic, the Swedish and Danish Radio Orchestras, and the Staatskapelle Dresden. Later, he became music director of the San Francisco Symphony, chief conductor of the NDR Symphony Orchestra, and music director of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. His former orchestras in San Francisco, Leipzig, Copenhagen, Stockholm, and Dresden, as well as the Bamberg Symphony and the NHK Symphony Orchestra, all honored him with the title of conductor laureate.

Herbert Blomstedt holds several honorary doctorates, is an elected member of the Royal Swedish Music Academy, and was awarded the German Federal Cross of Merit. Over the years, all leading orchestras around the globe have been fortunate to secure the services of the highly renowned Swedish conductor. Now past 90, with enormous mental and physical presence, verve, and artistic drive, he continues to be at the helm of all leading international orchestras.

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Jean-Yves Thibaudet

Piano

Jean-Yves Thibaudet

Piano

Jean-Yves Thibaudet

Piano

For more than three decades, Jean-Yves Thibaudet has performed worldwide, recorded more than 50 albums, and built a reputation as one of today’s finest pianists. Beyond the standard repertoire, he performs jazz and opera, and he has engaged film, fashion, and visual art collaborations.

The first-ever artist-in-residence at Los Angeles’s Colburn School, they have announced the Jean-Yves Thibaudet Scholarships to provide aid for Music Academy students, whom Mr. Thibaudet will select for the merit-based awards, regardless of their instrument.

In 2019–20, as the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra’s artist-in-residence, he plays season-opening concerts conducted by Stéphane Denève. He tours a program of Schumann, Fauré, Debussy, and Enescu with Midori, and the complete Beethoven sonatas for piano and violin. He premieres Aaron Zigman’s Tango Manos with the China Philharmonic, and reprises it with the Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France and San Francisco Symphony. Other highlights include Messiaen’s Turangalîla-Symphonie in his hometown as artist-in-residence of the Orchestre national de Lyon, and Gershwin’s Concerto in F in Lyon, Houston, Los Angeles, Boston, New York, Naples, Tokyo, and the Bad Kissinger Sommer Festival, where he is also artist-in-residence.

Mr. Thibaudet was the soloist on the Oscar-winning film Atonement, as well as Pride and Prejudice, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, and Wakefield. He has received two Grammy nominations, Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, Diapason d’Or, Choc du Monde de la Musique, Edison Prize, and Gramophone awards. Other honors include induction into the Hollywood Bowl’s Hall of Fame (2010) and, previously a Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, being awarded the title Officier by the French Ministry of Culture (2012). His concert wardrobe is designed by Vivienne Westwood.

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Special Thanks

The Donna and Marvin Schwartz Virtuoso Piano Performance Series has provided major support for Jean-Yves Thibaudet’s appearances during the New York Philharmonic’s 2018–19 season.

Herbert Blomstedt’s appearance is made possible through the Charles A. Dana Distinguished Conductors Endowment Fund.

These concerts are made possible, in part, by support from the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation.

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