Brahms, Berg, and Wagner
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Brahms, Berg, and Wagner

Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$36-136

Date & Times

29

Apr, 2021

Thursday, 7:30 PM

1

May, 2021

Saturday, 8:00 PM

Event Info

Jaap van Zweden conducts Brahms’s genial Second Symphony (sometimes dubbed his “Pastoral”); splendid horn calls open the work, and cascades of melodies and dance-like passages enchant the ear. Renaud Capuçon solos in Berg’s Violin Concerto, dedicated “To the memory of an angel,” whose musical portrait appears in the first movement. The heart-rending Adagio incorporates Bach’s chorale “It is enough.”

Program To Include

Wagner

Liebestod, from Tristan und Isolde

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Berg

Violin Concerto

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Brahms

Symphony No. 2

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Artists

Jaap van Zweden

Conductor

Jaap van Zweden

Conductor

Jaap van Zweden

Conductor

Jaap van Zweden began his tenure as the 26th Music Director of the New York Philharmonic in September 2018. He also serves as Music Director of the Hong Kong Philharmonic, a post he has held since 2012, and has appeared as guest conductor with many other leading orchestras around the globe, including the Orchestre de Paris, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, and London Symphony Orchestra.

In the 2019–20 season, Jaap van Zweden conducts the New York Philharmonic in seven World Premieres and symphonic cornerstones. He presides over Project 19, marking the centennial of the 19th Amendment with commissions by 19 women composers; hotspots festival, spotlighting Berlin, Reykjavík, and New York as new-music centers; and Mahler’s New York, examining the composer / conductor who spent time in New York as the Philharmonic’s tenth Music Director. During the 2020 European tour, he and the Orchestra will open the Concertgebouw’s Mahler Festival as the first American orchestra in the festival’s history. Other highlights include a new production of Schoenberg’s Erwartung and Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle; his first Young People’s Concert; and the low-cost Phil the Hall. He also guest conducts the Chicago Symphony, The Cleveland Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, and Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

Jaap van Zweden’s most recent recording is of the World Premiere performance of Julia Wolfe’s Fire in my mouth, continuing the Philharmonic’s partnership with Decca Gold. He conducted the first-ever performances in Hong Kong of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, which have been recorded and released on Naxos, and his performance of Parsifal earned him the prestigious Edison Award for Best Opera Recording in 2012.

Born in Amsterdam, Jaap van Zweden was appointed at age 19 as the youngest-ever concertmaster of Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. He began his conducting career almost 20 years later, in 1996. He remains Honorary Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, where he was Chief Conductor (2005–13), served as Chief Conductor of the Royal Flanders Orchestra (2008–11), and was Music Director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra (2008–18), where he is now Conductor Laureate. Jaap van Zweden was named Musical America’s 2012 Conductor of the Year and was the subject of a 60 Minutes profile on CBS in 2018.

In 1997 Jaap van Zweden and his wife, Aaltje, established the Papageno Foundation to support families of children with autism. Today, the Foundation focuses on the development of children and young adults with autism by providing in-home music therapy; developing funding opportunities for autism programs; operating the Papageno House, where young adults with autism live, work, and participate in the community; and creating a research center in the Papageno House for early diagnosis and treatment of autism and analyzing the effects of music therapy on autism. Most recently, the Foundation launched the app TEAMPapageno, which allows children with autism to communicate with each other through music composition.

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Renaud Capuçon

Violin

Renaud Capuçon

Violin

Renaud Capuçon

Violin

French violinist Renaud Capuçon is firmly established internationally as a major soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician, known and loved for his poise, depth of tone, and virtuosity. Born in Chambéry in 1976, he began studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris at age fourteen, winning numerous awards during his five years there. He moved to Berlin to study with Thomas Brandis and Isaac Stern, and was awarded the Prize of the Berlin Academy of Arts. In 1997 he was invited by Claudio Abbado to become concertmaster of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, which he led for three summers, working with conductors including Pierre Boulez, Seiji Ozawa, Franz Welser-Möst, and Abbado.

Mr. Capuçon performs with leading orchestras including the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Milan’s Filarmonica della Scala, London Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre national de France, and Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France, as well as the New York Philharmonic. He has collaborated with conductors including Daniel Barenboim, Semyon Bychkov, Stephane Dénève, Christoph von Dohnányi, Gustavo Dudamel, Christoph Eschenbach, Valery Gergiev, Bernard Haitink, Daniel Harding, Long Yu, Paavo Järvi, Andris Nelsons, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, François-Xavier Roth, Lahav Shani, Robin Ticciati, and Jaap van Zweden. Mr. Capuçon records exclusively for Erato / Warner Classics. His discography includes recordings of Bach sonatas, Bartók’s two violin concertos with the London Symphony Orchestra, and Brahms and Berg with the Vienna Philharmonic.

Renaud Capuçon plays the Guarneri del Gesù “Panette”(1737), which belonged to Isaac Stern. He was appointed Chevalier dans l’Ordre National du Mérite (2011) and Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur (2016) by the French Government.

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