Mendelssohn's Elijah

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Mendelssohn's Elijah

Recorded November 10, 2011



Alan Gilbert

Alan Gilbert, former Music Director of the New York Philharmonic, launches his tenure as chief conductor of Hamburg’s NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra in September 2019. The Grammy Award–winning conductor previously served as principal guest conductor of the orchestra (then known as NDR Symphony Orchestra Hamburg) for more than a decade, and began serving as chief conductor designate in 2017, shortly after the opening of the orchestra’s already iconic new home. This position follows his truly transformative eight-year tenure as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic, during which, through such key initiatives as the NY PHIL BIENNIAL, he succeeded in making the Orchestra a leader on the cultural landscape. Alan Gilbert is also conductor laureate of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and the founder and president of Musicians for Unity. With the endorsement and guidance of the United Nations, this new organization will bring together musicians from around the world to perform in support of peace, development, and human rights.

Alan Gilbert makes regular guest appearances with orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Dresden Staatskapelle, and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. He has led operatic productions for Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, The Metropolitan Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Zurich Opera, Royal Swedish Opera, and Santa Fe Opera, where he was the inaugural music director.

His discography includes The Nielsen Project, a box set recorded with the New York Philharmonic, and John Adams’s Doctor Atomic, captured on DVD at The Metropolitan Opera, for which he won a Grammy Award. He received Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Music Direction in PBS’s Live From Lincoln Center broadcasts of two star-studded New York Philharmonic productions: of Sweeney Todd and Sinatra: Voice for a Century.

Alan Gilbert has received Honorary Doctor of Music degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music and Westminster Choir College, as well as Columbia University’s Ditson Conductor’s Award. He is a member of The American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and was named an Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government. At The Juilliard School, he is the first holder of the William Schuman Chair in Musical Studies and serves as Director of Conducting and Orchestral Studies. After giving the annual Royal Philharmonic Society Lecture on Orchestras in the 21st Century: A New Paradigm during the New York Philharmonic’s EUROPE / SPRING 2015 tour, he received a 2015 Foreign Policy Association Medal for his commitment to cultural diplomacy.

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Jennifer Johnson Cano

Jennifer Johnson Cano is noted for her commanding stage presence and profound artistry with a warm, velvety timbre. Winner of a 2012 Richard Tucker Career Grant and 2014 George London Award, she joined the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at The Metropolitan Opera in 2008 and was the First Prize winner of the 2009 Young Concert Artist International Auditions.

Ms. Cano has given more than 100 performances at The Metropolitan Opera, with recent roles including Bersi in Giordano’s Andrea Chenier, Emilia in Verdi’s Otello, Hansel in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, Meg Page in Verdi’s Falstaff, Mercedes in Bizet’s Carmen, Nicklausse in Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann, and Wellgunde and Waltraute in Wagner’s Ring Cycle. Other appearances include Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni with the Boston Lyric and Arizona Operas, the title role in Bizet’s Carmen with Boston Lyric Opera, Orfeo in Gluck’s Orfeo et Eurydice with Des Moines Metro Opera, Diana in Cavalli’s La Calisto with Cincinnati Opera, and Marguerite in Berlioz’s The Damnation of Faust with the Tucson Symphony. She has worked with conductors including Marin Alsop, Andrew Davis, Manfred Honeck, James Levine, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Robert Spano, Osmo Vänskä, and Franz Welser-Möst. Last season, she made her European debut performing John Adams’s El Niño on tour with Mr. Adams and the London Symphony Orchestra in London and Paris, and with Markus Stenz and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic at Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw.

In 2017–18 Ms. Cano portrays Orfeo with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, and The Sharp Eared Fox in Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen in concert with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and The Cleveland Orchestra in Cleveland, Vienna, and Luxembourg. Orchestral engagements include Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony on tour with the Los Angeles Philharmonic; Handel’s Messiah with the New York Philharmonic and Colorado Symphony Orchestra; Bernstein’s Jeremiah Symphony with the Atlanta, Phoenix, and Charlotte symphony orchestras; Mozart’s Requiem with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra; and Brahms’s Alto Rhapsody and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra.

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Boy Soprano


Boy Soprano



Allan Clayton

Tenor Allan Clayton appeared in the World Premiere of George Benjamin’s Written on Skin at the 2012 Aix-en-Provence Festival, and in the 2012–13 season reprised the work at Netherlands Opera, Theatre du Capitole Toulouse, Wiener Festwochen, Bavarian Staatsoper, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. His roles have included Male Chorus in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia for Glyndebourne on Tour; Ferrando in Mozart’s Così fan tutte at New York City Opera, Covent Garden, Opera North, and Glyndebourne Festival; Bénédict in Berlioz’s Béatrice et Bénédict for Paris’s Opéra Comique; Castor in Rameau’s Castor et Pollux and Lysander in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream for English National Opera; Belmonte in The Abduction from the Seraglio, Lampwick in the World Premiere of Jonathan Dove’s The Adventures of Pinocchio, and Camille in Lehár’s The Merry Widow for Opera North; and Britten’s Albert Herring for Glyndebourne and Opéra Comique. He will reprise Castor and Tamino at the Komische Oper Berlin.

Recent concert appearances include Britten’s War Requiem(at the Royal Albert Hall) and Tippett’s Midsummer Marriage, (2013 BBC Proms) both with the BBC Symphony Orchestra; Bruckner’s Te Deum with the Gürzenich Orchestra; Handel’s Theodora with Les Violons du Roy; and Britten’s Nocturne with the London Sinfonietta. He has given Lieder recitals at the Cheltenham Festival, Perth International Arts Festival, Aldeburgh Festival, and London’s Wigmore Hall. He has collaborated with pianists including Paul Lewis, Graham Johnson, Malcolm Martineau, Roger Vignoles, Julius Drake, James Baillieu, Simon Lepper, and Joseph Middleton, performing works by Schubert, Vaughan Williams, Richard Strauss, Wolf, Britten, Duparc, and Tippett.

Allan Clayton studied at St. John’s College, Cambridge, and Royal Academy of Music in London. An Associate of the Royal Academy of Music and former BBC New Generation Artist from 2007 to 2009, his other honors include an inaugural Sir Elton John Scholarship at the RAM, John Christie Award, and a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship.

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Gerald Finley by Sim Canetty Clarke

Canadian baritone Gerald Finley began singing in Ottawa, Ontario, before completing his musical studies in the U.K. at the Royal Conservatory of Music; King’s College, Cambridge; and the National Opera Studio. He has created the lead role in major premieres, including John Adams’s Doctor Atomic, Mark-Anthony Turnage’s The Silver Tassie, Tobias Picker’s Fantastic Mr. Fox, and Kaija Saariaho L’Amour de loin. Recent highlights include his debut as Hans Sachs in Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at the 2011 Glyndebourne Festival; Iago in Verdi’s Otello with Sir Colin Davis and the London Symphony Orchestra; and Rossini’s Guillaume Tell with Antonio Pappano.

Highlights of Mr. Finley’s 2012–13 season include John Adams’s Nixon in China with the BBC Symphony at the BBC Proms; Brahms’s A German Requiem with the Concertgebouw, which he later performs with the Toronto and London Symphony Orchestras; Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro at The Metropolitan Opera; Haydn’s Nelson Mass and Schoenberg’s A Survivor from Warsaw with Andris Nelsons and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra; Handel’s Alexander’s Feast with Nikolaus Harnoncourt at Vienna’s Musikverein; Lutosławski’s Les espaces du sommeil with the Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen; Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the Bavarian Staatsoper; and Mozart’s Così fan tutte at the Salzburg Festival.

In concert, Mr. Finley works regularly with leading conductors such as Alan Gilbert, Sir Simon Rattle, and Esa Pekka Salonen and with orchestras throughout Europe and the U.S. His appearances include premieres of works by composers such as Mark-Anthony Turnage, Peter Lieberson, and Einojuhani Rautavaara. His extensive recordings with pianist Julius Drake on Hyperion have received numerous awards. Their latest CD, an album of Schumann’s Liederkreis cycles, Op. 24 and 39, was released in October 2012. In 2011 a CD they recorded of music by Benjamin Britten won a Gramophone Award. Mr. Finley first performed with the New York Philharmonic in December 2003, in a performance of Handel’s Messiah conducted by Nicholas McGegan. His most recent appearance was in November 2010, in a performance of Mendelssohn’s Elijah led by Alan Gilbert, two years after he starred in The Met’s production of John Adams's Doctor Atomic, conducted by Alan Gilbert.

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Founded in 1979 by Joseph Flummerfelt, the New York Choral Artists has since then been a regular part of the New York Philharmonic season. Its many collaborations with the Orchestra include a memorial performance of Brahms’s A German Requiem, conducted by Kurt Masur, immediately following the events of 9/11. In more recent years, appearances have included Britten’s War Requiem and Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 led by Lorin Maazel. Highlights of Philharmonic collaborations under the direction of Alan Gilbert include Bach’s B-minor Mass, Beethoven’s Missa solemnis, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Ligeti’s Le Grande Macabre, and in January 2015, the Verdi Requiem. Noteworthy among its Philharmonic recordings are the Grammy-nominated release of Mahler Symphony No. 3 conducted by Bernstein, Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 13 with Masur, and John Adams’s Grammy Award–winning On the Transmigration of Souls with Maazel. In 2014 the New York Choral Artists also appeared with the Vienna Philharmonic and the San Francisco Symphony in Carnegie Hall. Jacqueline Pierce is the group’s manager.

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