Gergiev Conducts Rachmaninoff and Stravinsky

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Gergiev Conducts Rachmaninoff and Stravinsky

Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$80-183

Duration

2 hours with intermission

Date & Times

12

Mar, 2020

Thursday, 7:30 PM

13

Mar, 2020

Friday, 8:00 PM

14

Mar, 2020

Saturday, 8:00 PM

Event Info

Valery Gergiev conducts Russian masterpieces, including Rachmaninoff’s blockbuster Third Piano Concerto, a work of massive power and drive, featuring Denis Matsuev. In Petrushka Stravinsky created an exciting new world of sound — shifting rhythms and keys, and echoes of a barrel organ — to tell the story of a puppets’ love-triangle set at a Shrovetide fair.

Program To Include

Rodion Shchedrin

Concerto for Orchestra No. 1, Naughty Limericks

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Rachmaninoff

Piano Concerto No. 3

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Stravinsky

Petrushka (1911 version)

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Artists

Valery Gergiev

Conductor

Valery Gergiev

Conductor

Valery Gergiev

Conductor

Valery Gergiev is a vivid representative of the St. Petersburg Conservatory conducting school, where he studied with Ilya Musin. His Mariinsky Theatre debut in 1978, in which he led Prokofiev’s War and Peace, was at the invitation of music director Yuri Temirkanov. In 1988 Mr. Gergiev was appointed Temirkanov’s successor, and in 1996 he became the Mariinsky Theatre’s artistic and general director, a position he still holds today.

In 1993 Ms. Gergiev organized the first Stars of White Nights International Festival, one of the most prestigious festivals in the world today; in 2002 he founded the Moscow Easter Festival, a three-week festival that takes the Mariinsky throughout and across Russia. Through Mr. Gergiev’s efforts, the Mariinsky Theatre has revived the Ring and other Wagner operas, as well as numerous previously unheralded Russian operas.

Under Mr. Gergiev’s direction, the Mariinsky Theatre has become one of the great global theater and concert centers. In addition to its iconic 1860 opera and ballet theater, the Concert Hall was opened in 2006, followed in 2013 by the theater’s second stage, Mariinsky II, and, beginning in January 2016, the Mariinsky Theatre’s branch in Vladivostok, the Primorsky Stage. The Mariinsky label was launched in 2009, and to date has released more than 30 discs in both CD and DVD formats.

Valery Gergiev’s international activities are no less intensive. He successfully collaborates with the world’s great opera houses and has led world-renowned orchestras such as World Orchestra for Peace (succeeding Georg Solti in 1997); the philharmonic orchestras of Berlin, Paris, Vienna, New York, and Los Angeles; the  Chicago, Cleveland, Boston, and San Francisco symphony orchestras; Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra; and many other ensembles. He previously served as principal conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra (1995–2008) and the London Symphony Orchestra (2007–15). Currently, Mr. Gergiev heads the Munich Philharmonic.

Valery Gergiev’s musical and public activities have brought him the prestigious state awards of Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Poland, France, Armenia, and Bulgaria. His other awards include Hero of Labor (2013), the Order of Alexander Nevsky (2016), and the Russian Federation Ministry of Defense Arts and Culture Award (2017). Since 2011 he has directed the organizational committee of the International Tchaikovsky Competition.

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Denis Matsuev

Piano

Denis Matsuev

Piano

Denis Matsuev

Piano

Since his triumph at the 11th International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1998, Denis Matsuev has become a virtuoso in the Russian pianistic tradition. He regularly performs with the Berlin, Vienna, New York, Munich, and Israel philharmonic orchestras; Chicago, London, Bavarian Radio, and Pittsburgh symphony orchestras; and Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Milan’s Filarmonica della Scala, and Lucerne Festival Orchestra. As Capell-Virtuos of the Staatskapelle Dresden during the 2017–18 season, he performed in numerous concerts in Dresden and on tour with music director Christian Thielemann. He is continually reengaged with Russian orchestras, including the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Mariinsky, and Russian National orchestras. In the 2019–20 season he is artist-in-residence at the Montreal Symphony Orchestra.

In recital, Mr. Matsuev can be heard in the world’s great halls, including an annual appearance at Carnegie Hall. His extensive discography includes acclaimed recital discs and concerto recordings with the New York Philharmonic, London Symphony, and Bavarian Radio Symphony orchestras and cyclical recordings of Russian concertos with the Mariinsky Orchestra led by Valery Gergiev.

Denis Matsuev is a member of Russia’s Presidential Council for Culture and Arts and was the official ambassador for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which he opened with a globally broadcast performance on Moscow’s Red Square. He is artistic director of Switzerland’s Rachmaninoff Foundation, and he curates and directs his own concert series, Denis Matsuev Invites, at Moscow Conservatory’s Great Hall. He chaired the piano jury at the 2019 Tchaikovsky Competition. Since 2008 he has presided over the foundation New Names, which selects and supports talented young Russian musicians, artists, and poets in the achievement of their professional goals. For his work with the organization, he has been named a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador.

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Special Thanks

The Donna and Marvin Schwartz Virtuoso Piano Performance Series has provided major support for Denis Matsuev’s appearances during the New York Philharmonic’s 2019–20 season.

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

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