Grieg and Strauss's An Alpine Symphony

The New York Philharmonic

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Grieg and Strauss's An Alpine Symphony


David Geffen Hall

Price Range



2 hours with intermission

No Late Seating
Date & Times


Jan, 2020

Thursday, 7:30 PM


Jan, 2020

Friday, 2:00 PM


Jan, 2020

Saturday, 8:00 PM

Event Info

Paul Lewis performs Grieg’s unabashedly Romantic Piano Concerto, which dances and dazzles with hints of Norwegian melodies. Then join Strauss on a mountain hike and listen for a brilliant sunrise, mountain pasture, ferocious storm, and more in his Alpine Symphony, an orchestral extravaganza requiring 125 musicians and “instruments” such as wind and thunder machines, cow bells, and bird calls.

Program To Include


Piano Concerto


R. Strauss

An Alpine Symphony


Daniel Harding


Daniel Harding


Daniel Harding


Born in Oxford, conductor Daniel Harding began his career assisting Simon Rattle at the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, with which he made his professional debut in 1994. He went on to assist Claudio Abbado at the Berlin Philharmonic and made his debut with the orchestra at the 1996 Berlin Festival. Mr. Harding is music director of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Orchestre de Paris. He holds the lifetime title of conductor laureate of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. In 2018 he was named artistic director of the Anima Mundi Festival.

Mr. Harding is a regular visitor to the Vienna Philharmonic, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and Orchestra filarmonica della Scala. In 2005 he opened Milan’s Teatro alla Scala season with a new production of Mozart’s Idomeneo. He returned in 2007 for Richard Strauss’s Salome; in 2008 for Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle and Dallapiccola’s Il prigioniero; in 2011 for Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana and Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci (for which he was awarded the Premio della Critica Musicale “Franco Abbiati”); in 2013 for Verdi’s Falstaff; and, most recently, in 2018 for Schubert’s Fierrabras. He also conducted Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos, Mozart’s Don Giovanni and The Marriage of Figaro at the Salzburg Festival with the Vienna Philharmonic; Britten’s The Turn of the Screw and Berg’s Wozzeck at Royal Opera, Covent Garden; Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio at Bavarian Staatsoper; Mozart’s The Magic Flute at the Wiener Festwochen; and Wozzeck at Theater an der Wien. Closely associated with the Aix-en-Provence Festival, he has conducted new productions of Mozart’s Così fan tutte, The Marriage of Figaro, and Don Giovanni, as well as The Turn of the Screw, Verdi’s La Traviata, and Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin.

In the 2018–19 season he embarks on tours with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Europe, Orchestre de Paris in Japan, Mahler Chamber Orchestra in Australia, Japan, and China, and the Royal Concergebouw Orchestra in the US, culminating at Carnegie Hall. He conducts two projects with the Berlin Philharmonic, including the Europakonzert at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, and returns to the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, and Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.

In 2002 Daniel Harding was awarded the title Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government, and in 2017 nominated to the position Officier Arts et Lettres. In 2012 he was elected a member of The Royal Swedish Academy of Music. He is a qualified airline pilot.

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Paul Lewis


Paul Lewis


Paul Lewis


Paul Lewis is internationally regarded as one of the leading musicians of his generation. His recent cycles of core piano works by Beethoven and Schubert have received unanimous critical and public acclaim worldwide, and consolidated his reputation as one of the world’s foremost interpreters of the central European classical repertoire. His numerous awards have included the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Instrumentalist of the Year, two Edison awards, three Gramophone awards, the Diapason D'or de l'Annee, the Preis Der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, the Premio Internazionale Accademia Musicale Chigiana, and the South Bank Show Classical Music award. In 2009 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Southampton.

Mr. Lewis works regularly as concerto soloist with the world's great orchestras, and is a frequent guest at the most prestigious international festivals, including Lucerne, Tanglewood, Salzburg, Edinburgh, Rheingau, and London’s BBC Proms where in 2010 he became the first pianist to perform a complete Beethoven piano concerto cycle in one season. His recital career takes him to the main stages of the world's most celebrated venues, including London's Royal Festival Hall, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Theatre des Champs Élysées in Paris, and Symphony Hall Chicago.

His multi-award winning discography for Harmonia Mundi includes the complete Beethoven piano sonatas, concertos, and the Diabelli Variations, Liszt’s B minor Sonata and other late works, and all of Schubert’s major piano works from the last six years of his life, including the three song cycles with tenor Mark Padmore. Future recording plans include the Brahms D minor piano concerto with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Daniel Harding, and solo works by Mussorgsky and Schumann.

Paul Lewis studied with Joan Havill at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London before going on to study privately with Alfred Brendel. Along with his wife, Norwegian cellist Bjørg Lewis, he is artistic director of Midsummer Music, an annual chamber music festival held in Buckinghamshire, UK.

Special Thanks

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

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


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