Britten and Elgar

The New York Philharmonic

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Britten and Elgar

Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$32-121

Duration

1 hour & 45 minutes with intermission

Date & Times

30

Jan, 2020

Thursday, 7:30 PM

31

Jan, 2020

Friday, 11:00 AM

Event Info

The Philharmonic performs Elgar’s beloved Enigma Variations, dedicated “to my friends pictured within” — from his wife to his friend’s dog — and featuring the stirring Nimrod movement, often performed to commemorate departed friends. Britten’s Four Sea Interludes reveal haunting ocean moods, and the Philharmonic presents the New York Premiere of Brett Dean’s long-awaited Cello Concerto. “The individual battles against the masses” in many of his concertos, but “the Cello Concerto is at the opposite extreme in that it is more concerned with collaboration than conflict,” says the composer.

Program To Include

Britten

Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes

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Brett Dean

Cello Concerto (New York Premiere)

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Elgar

Enigma Variations

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Artists

Simone Young

Conductor

Simone Young

Conductor

Simone Young

Conductor

Simone Young’s international career has taken her to almost all of the world’s most important opera houses and symphony orchestras. In addition to serving as principal guest conductor of the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, her busy conducting schedule in the 2019–20 season included her return to the Vienna Staatsoper with a new production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Elsewhere, she leads Aribert Reimann’s Lear at Teatro Real Madrid, Beethoven’s Fidelio at the Berlin Staatsoper, and Richard Strauss’s Salome at Oper Zurich. Equally in demand on the concert podium, this season she conducts orchestras in Paris, Madrid, San Francisco, Minnesota, Cincinnati, Tokyo, Monte Carlo, Leipzig, Helsinki, Barcelona, Manchester, Lausanne, and Australia, as well as New York.

Ms. Young’s previous posts include principal conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic (1998–2002), artistic director of Opera Australia (2001–03), principal guest conductor of Lisbon’s Gulbenkian Orchestra, and artistic director of Hamburg Staatsoper and chief music director of the Hamburg Philharmonic (2005–15).

Ms. Young’s reputation as a Wagner and Strauss specialist was developed early in her career. Her strong relationship with the Vienna Staatsoper began with her debut in 1993. Outside of Vienna, Ms. Young has appeared as a guest conductor at such world-class opera houses as Opéra national de Paris, The Metropolitan Opera, and Royal Opera, Covent Garden, and she is a regular guest at the major opera houses in Munich, Berlin, Vienna, and Zurich.

Alongside her extensive operatic performances, Ms. Young has also made a name for herself as a symphonic conductor. She has worked with many of the world’s leading orchestras, including the philharmonic orchestras of Berlin, London, Munich, New York, and Vienna. Following completion of her tenure in Hamburg, Ms. Young is appearing once again as a regular guest conductor with the Orchestre de Paris, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Vienna, BBC, NHK, San Francisco, and Chicago symphony orchestras, in addition to several orchestras in North America and in her native Australia.

Ms. Young’s work is preserved on numerous recordings.

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Alban Gerhardt

Cello

Alban Gerhardt

Cello

Alban Garhardt

Cello

Cellist Alban Gerhardt has, for 25 years, made a unique impact on audiences worldwide with his intense musicality, compelling stage presence, and insatiable artistic curiosity. His gift for shedding fresh light on familiar scores, along with his appetite for investigating new repertoire from centuries past and present, sets him apart from his peers. Passionate about sharing his discoveries with audiences beyond the concert hall, his outreach projects in Europe and the US have involved performances and workshops, not only in schools and hospitals, but also through pioneering sessions in public spaces and young offender institutions.

His collaboration with Deutsche Bahn, featuring live performances on Germany’s main commuter routes, demonstrates his commitment to challenging traditional expectations of classical music. In early 2017, he founded #Musicians4UnitedEurope, a group of international musicians working together to voice their support for a united and democratic Europe. 

Following early competition success, Mr. Gerhardt’s international career was launched by his Berlin Philharmonic debut with Semyon Bychkov in 1991. Notable orchestral collaborations since then include Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, all of the British and German radio orchestras, Zurich’s Tonhalle Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Orchestre national de France, The Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, and the Boston and Chicago Symphony Orchestras, under conductors such as Kurt Masur, Christoph von Dohnányi, Christian Thielemann, Christoph Eschenbach, Michael Tilson Thomas, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Vladimir Jurowski, Kirill Petrenko, and Andris Nelsons. 

A highly-acclaimed recording artist, Mr. Gerhardt has won several awards including BBC Music Magazine Award Unsuk Chin’s Cello Concerto (Deutsche Grammophon), which was also shortlisted for a 2015 Gramophone Award. His extensive recordings for Hyperion include his latest CD, Rostropovich’s Encores, released in January 2017. His complete recording of J.S. Bach’s suites will be released in 2019.

Alban Gerhardt plays a Matteo Gofriller cello dating from 1710.

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Special Thanks

Simone Young’s appearance is made possible with generous support from the Sorel Organization.

Performances in the Thursday C Subscription Series are supported by Edna Mae and Leroy Fadem, loyal subscribers since 1977.

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