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PHOTOS: Copenhagen

Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic were triumphant in back-to-back performances in Copenhagen, the last city on the EUROPE / SPRING 2017 tour. There they reunited with two of the soloists who had appeared throughout the tour: the soprano Christina Landshamer, for Mahler’s Fourth Symphony, and Frank Peter Zimmermann, for Prokofiev’s First Violin Concerto, in two sold-out, critically acclaimed concerts that were broadcast and shared online internationally.

PHOTOS: Hamburg

The New York Philharmonic made its debut at the newly opened Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, where Alan Gilbert led acclaimed performances of music by Composer-in-Residence Esa-Pekka Salonen with Yo-Yo Ma, Mahler with Christina Landshamer, and John Adams with the New York Philharmonic String Quartet, which also performed a late-night chamber concert.

New York Philharmonic Percussion on the Road

New York Philharmonic Principal Percussion Christopher S. Lamb had to combine logistics with virtuosity during the Orchestra’s residency at the Barbican Centre in London, which featured works with large percussion complements, including Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Cello Concerto and music by John Adams. On April 2, 2017, he spoke onstage and off about the challenges of setting up all their instruments, and then joined Alan Gilbert and Yo-Yo Ma in the European Premiere of the Salonen work.

(Video: Chris Lee)

PHOTOS: London

The EUROPE / SPRING 2017 tour continued in London for the Philharmonic’s third residency at the Barbican Centre under the auspices of its International Associates initiative. Alan Gilbert led the Orchestra in music by Composer-in-Residence Esa-Pekka Salonen with Yo-Yo Ma as soloist, John Adams with the New York Philharmonic String Quartet, and more, and the Philharmonic presented its first-ever Very Young People’s Concert abroad.

Mahler Comes Home to Vienna

Music Director Alan Gilbert, soprano Christina Landshamer, and the New York Philharmonic rehearsed Mahler’s ethereal Symphony No. 4 on March 30 in the Wiener Konzerthaus, in the city that the composer and former New York Philharmonic Music Director called home. This appearance on the EUROPE / SPRING 2017 tour marks Gilbert’s final Philharmonic performance in the Austrian capital as Music Director.

(Video: Chris Lee)

PHOTOS: Budapest and Vienna

The EUROPE / SPRING 2017 tour took Alan Gilbert and the Orchestra to Budapest and Vienna, where they were praised for sensitive performances of Bartók and Mahler in the composers’ homelands.

Beethoven in Springtime

In Essen, Germany — the fourth of nine cities on our EUROPE / SPRING 2017 tour — the New York Philharmonic String Quartet uses the Orchestra’s downtime on March 26 to rehearse the Scherzo from Beethoven’s String Quartet Op. 18, No. 4 for a performance the next day for Philharmonic Patrons in at the Hungarian Parliament.

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