Berlin Philharmonic Programs Major Concert events in New York

December 9th, 2013

The Berlin Philharmonic and its chief conductor, Simon Rattle, will give not one particular but two main opening-night concerts in New York up coming tumble.

Initial, on Oct. one, they will open up Carnegie Hall’s 2014-fifteen year at a gala that includes the violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, followed by 3 far more live shows at Carnegie that will contain a full Schumann symphony cycle, tunes of Stravinsky and new function.

The next 7 days they will give a pair of performances of 1 of their most acclaimed musical functions of recent a long time — a staging of Bach’s “St. Matthew Enthusiasm,” directed by Peter Sellars — to open up Lincoln Center’s White Light-weight Competition. Individuals performances will be in the cavernous Park Avenue Armory, which will be configured along the strains of the Philharmonie in Berlin, with the viewers surrounding the gamers, choristers and soloists.

The “Passion” — which Mr. Sellars calls a “ritualization” — will function Mark Padmore as the Evangelist, as nicely as Eric Owens, Magdalena Kozena, Christian Gerhaher, Camilla Tilling and Topi Lehtipuu. Most of these artists sang roles on a critically acclaimed DVD of the production that Zachary Woolfe explained in The New York Instances as “haunting.”

The Berlin Philharmonic’s 8-working day, 6-live performance New York go to was manufactured possible by a collaboration among Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and the Park Avenue Armory: cooperation that is no lengthier as exceptional as it would have when been for, say, Macy’s to assist Gimbels, or, for a far more modern day corollary, Apple to support Microsoft.

Mr. Rattle — who was after quoted as describing the “St. Matthew Passion” performances as “the one most critical thing we at any time did here” — said the extended New York journey would reveal a variety of proportions of the Berlin Philharmonic.

“We really feel our residency is a great case in point of what gets to be artistically feasible with collective will and assets,” he mentioned in a statement.

It arrived about when Carnegie Corridor — the place the Berlin Philharmonic has performed much more than sixty occasions because its 1955 debut there, led by Herbert von Karajan — selected the orchestra to open up its period with a collection of concerts that will include the Schumann symphonies, performs by Stravinsky and Rachmaninoff, and the United States premiere of a operate by Georg Friedrich Haas that was commissioned by the hall and the orchestra.

Clive Gillinson, the government and inventive director of Carnegie Corridor, stated that Mr. Rattle introduced up the “St. Matthew Passion,” which had its premiere at the 2010 Salzburg Easter Festival and was subsequently executed several occasions in Berlin.

“It is a theatrical manufacturing — it is not a creation that can be done in a traditional concert hall,” Mr. Gillinson said in an job interview. So he said that he gave his blessing for it to be executed in other places, expressing that it “added yet another dimension — a truly essential one” to the Berlin Philharmonic’s New York tour.

The “Passion” had already captured the desire of Jane Moss, the inventive director of Lincoln Middle, who referred to as the staging “profound” and was fascinated in presenting it as component of the center’s White Light Festival, which she established and directs. So she made the opening evening of next year’s pageant earlier to accommodate the orchestra.

“A staged ‘St. Matthew Passion’ is a extremely White Gentle undertaking,” she mentioned in an job interview. “We ended up thrilled and delighted that Carnegie would concur to this.”

The “Passion” will be presented in the fifty five,000-square-foot Wade Thompson Drill Corridor at the armory, whose size and flexibility are making it a favored with administrators. The Royal Shakespeare Firm built a copy of one particular of its Stratford theaters in the space. The New York Philharmonic utilized it for “Philharmonic 360,” which highlighted Stockhausen’s “Gruppen” (“Groups”), a seldom done piece intended to be performed by a few individually positioned orchestras with an audience in the middle.

Rebecca Robertson, the president and executive producer of the armory, mentioned that she was hunting to place in between one,600 and 1,800 seats — creating it 1 of the space’s largest audiences however — in a way that will conform to the type of surroundings that Mr. Sellars has labored to produce.

“It will have the viewers, refrain users, musicians and soloists all in one particular area,” she stated, “seeing this celebration unfold.”

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