Blomstedt Conducts Schumann
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Blomstedt Conducts Schumann

Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$33-136

Date & Times

21

Jan, 2021

Thursday, 7:30 PM

22

Jan, 2021

Friday, 2:00 PM

23

Jan, 2021

Saturday, 8:00 PM

Event Info

Celebrated maestro Herbert Blomstedt conducts Schumann’s beloved Piano Concerto, a sublime amalgam of rapture and fire, with pianist Igor Levit (“plays with commanding precision,” The New York Times) soloing in his Philharmonic debut. Plus the Fifth Symphony of Nielsen, considered by many to be the Nordic Brahms, who brought a distinctive Danish flavor to the Romantic tradition.

Program To Include

Schumann

Piano Concerto

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Nielsen

Symphony No. 5

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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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Igor Levit

Piano

Igor Levit

Piano

Igor Levit

Piano

Born in Nizhny Novgorod in 1987, Igor Levit moved to Germany with his family at age eight. He completed his piano studies at Hannover Academy of Music, Theatre, and Media in 2009 with the highest academic and performance scores in the history of the institute. In 2018 he was named the Gilmore Artist and Royal Philharmonic Society’s Instrumentalist of the Year. He was appointed a professorship at his alma mater in the spring of 2019.

In September 2019 Sony Classical released Mr. Levit’s first recording of the complete Beethoven sonatas. This season marks the start of three Beethoven sonata cycles at the Lucerne Festival, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, and Stockholm’s Konserthuset. At the end of the season he tours the United States with an all-Beethoven sonata program with stops at Carnegie Hall and in Princeton, Washington, DC, San Francisco, and Chicago.

Mr. Levit is the Barbican Centre’s 2019–20 featured artist; his residency comprises a solo recital and two duo recitals with pianists Markus Becker and Markus Hinterhäuser. Orchestral engagements include a European tour with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra conducted by Manfred Honeck, and returns to The Cleveland and Leipzig Gewandhaus, and London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Highlights of past seasons include debuts with the Berlin Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, as well as international tours with the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra and the Vienna Philharmonic.

In Berlin, where he makes his home, Igor Levit plays a Steinway D Grand Piano kindly given to him by the Trustees of Independent Opera at Sadler’s Wells.

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