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Virtual Tour: Europe 2020 Continues with Home Video of 1930 Tour with Toscanini

 

Today in Virtual Tour: Europe 2020, we rewind to the 1930 European tour — which established the Philharmonic as a major international orchestra — conducted by then Music Director Arturo Toscanini. Thanks to the New York Philharmonic Leon Levy Digital Archives, you can watch a home video of the tour, shot by then Principal Trumpet Harry Glantz. Click here, then press the play button in the upper-right corner of the page.

The 16mm black-and-white films show Toscanini, his family, the musicians, and their families aboard ships and trains. The historic tour brought America’s first orchestra to Paris, Zurich, Milan, Turin, Rome, Florence, Munich, Vienna, Budapest, Prague, Leipzig, Dresden, Berlin, Brussels, and London.

Virtual Tour: Europe 2020 Continues with Yo-Yo Ma Broadcast

 

Tonight in Virtual Tour: Europe 2020, we present the first of three video broadcasts featuring tour soloists.

At 7:30 PM EDT (and on-demand after), tune in on Facebook or YouTube to watch Yo-Yo Ma (who joined us on tour in 2017) as soloist in Dvořák’s Cello Concerto, led by then Music Director Kurt Masur, from a 1995 Live From Lincoln Center episode. Co-presented with Lincoln Center at Home, the concert will be preceded by a recently recorded interview between Ma and Alec Baldwin. Follow along with the program notes here.

Mark your calendar for the next two Virtual Tour: Europe 2020 video broadcasts: 

  • Monday, May 18, 1:00 PM EDT: Artist-in-Residence Daniil Trifonov (who would have appeared with us in Europe this month) with the New York Philharmonic String Quartet in the New York Premiere of his Quintetto concertante, co-presented with 92nd Street Y
  • Thursday, May 21, 7:30 PM EDT: Joshua Bell as soloist in short works for violin by Saint-Saëns, Kreisler, Ravel, Tchaikovsky, and Ponce from a 2007 Live From Lincoln Center broadcast conducted by then Music Director Lorin Maazel. The concert will be preceded by a recently recorded interview between Bell and Alec Baldwin.

Mahler’s New York: A Digital Festival Lives On

Over two weeks in April 2020, we presented Mahler’s New York: A Digital Festival, a celebration of the composer / conductor and erstwhile New Yorker / Philharmonic Music Director (1909–11). We dropped new content every day: video broadcasts of past performances, audio of the complete symphonies, an archival exhibit and virtual walking tour on Google Arts & Culture narrated by the musicians, activity guides for kids and families, recipes courtesy of Neue Galerie New York’s Café Sabarsky and Mahler’s sister, interviews with those who played under Mahler, Zoom backgrounds, the musicians performing Mahler together while quarantined, and more.

Although the festival has ended, we invite you to continue exploring Mahler’s life and music through the Mahler’s New York page and beyond.

In this period of global isolation and crisis, we hope you will take comfort and inspiration in Mahler’s music and musings.

“And now, in this solemn and deeply stirring moment, when the confusion and distractions of everyday life are lifted like a hood from our eyes, a voice of awe-inspiring solemnity chills our heart, a voice that, blinded by the mirage of everyday life, we usually ignore: ‘What next?’ it says. ‘What is life and what is death? Will we live on eternally? Is it all an empty dream or do our life and death have a meaning?’ And we must answer this question, if we are to go on living.” — Mahler, on his Symphony No. 2, Resurrection

Virtual Tour: Europe 2020 Continues with the Battle of the Brass


Today on Virtual Tour: Europe 2020 (May 11–21), we revisit a classic Philharmonic rivalry that played out on tours past.

It all started innocently enough in 2011 in Berlin, where Principal Trombone Joseph Alessi and then Principal Trumpet Philip Smith were looking for a place to practice. But things escalated quickly.

Before too long, a battle of the brass had ensued — one that would span years and cross borders.

Watch the Battle of the Brass.

(Videos by Chris Lee)

Virtual Tour: Europe 2020 Continues with Video Playlist


Today on Virtual Tour: Europe 2020 (May 11–21), we relive past visits to London, Cologne, Luxembourg, Amsterdam, Berlin, and Dresden — where the Orchestra would have performed this month if not for the pandemic — through the first of two video playlists shot by longtime Philharmonic photographer Chris Lee.

Today’s playlist, Onstage Playfeatures Lang Lang rehearsing, Principal Timpani Markus Rhoten’s mallet selection, a World Premiere in Cologne, Principal Cello Carter Brey’s words of wisdom, Petrushka at the Barbican, and more.

Come back tomorrow for #battleofthebrass.

Virtual Tour: Europe 2020 Launches with Slideshow

Welcome, willkommen, wëllkomm, welkom to Virtual Tour: Europe 2020 (May 11–21), a ten-day digital visit to London, Cologne, Luxembourg, Amsterdam, Berlin, and Dresden — where the Orchestra would have performed this month if not for the pandemic.

We’ll release new content almost every day at nyphil.org/virtualtourToday’s drop: the first of two slideshows (above), highlights of visits to these six cities from the past decade, captured by Philharmonic photographer Chris Lee. Next week (Monday, May 18), we’ll share pictures taken by the musicians themselves.

Also to come:

  • Three video broadcasts as Facebook and YouTube Premieres, featuring two past tour soloists — cellist Yo-Yo Ma (Thursday, May 14) and violinist Joshua Bell (Thursday, May 21) — and the soloist who would have appeared with the Orchestra on the 2020 European tour, Artist-in-Residence Daniil Trifonov (Monday, May 18)
  • Two radio broadcasts from past tour performances, the first of which is available here
  • A Love Letter to Amsterdam — where the Orchestra would have made history at the 100-year-old Mahler Festival — illuminating the Philharmonic’s century-old friendship with Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
  • A New York Philharmonic Archives online exhibit, in partnership with Google Arts & Culture, telling the little-known stories of the Orchestra’s historic tours to these cities
  • A Learning @ Home guide to new music in Amsterdam
  • A baking how-to video, in which Philharmonic violinist Anna Rabinova prepares the strudel she served to her colleagues on a past visit to Berlin

Remembering Lorne Munroe

Former Principal Cello Lorne Munroe 

The New York Philharmonic deeply mourns the passing of Lorne Munroe, Principal Cello (1964–96). His 32-year tenure included more than 150 concerto collaborations, including with Music Directors Bernstein (who hired him), Boulez, Mehta, and Masur. An unfailingly kind and unflappable gentleman, he passed along his legacy, learned from teachers including Piatigorsky, to his students at the Philadelphia University for the Arts and The Juilliard School. The Philharmonic extends condolences to his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

(Photo by Chris Lee: former Principal Cello Lorne Munroe bows after performing Fauré’s Elegy with the New York Philharmonic, led by then Music Director Zubin Mehta, in January 1990)

Remembering Lynn Harrell

Cellist Lynn Harrell with the New York Philharmonic in 2006 

The New York Philharmonic deeply mourns the passing of our good friend Lynn Harrell. The magnificent cellist made 40 concerto appearances with the Orchestra, beginning with his 1961 debut at age 16 on a nationally telecast Young People’s Concert hosted by then Music Director Leonard Bernstein (clip below). We remember Lynn’s warmth, kindness, and extraordinary musicianship, and extend condolences to his family and friends.

(Photo by Chris Lee: Lynn Harrell bowing after performing Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1, led by then Music Director Lorin Maazel, in 2006)

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