Monk, Rattle and Mutter to roll at Carnegie Hall in 2014-15 season
Carnegie Hall announced their 2014-15 season Thursday, with programs of classical music that include “Perspectives” series built around mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato and violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, the placement of Meredith Monk in the Richard and Barbara Deb’s Composer’s Chair, the premieres of more than two-dozen compositions, and visits from almost twenty American and international orchestras.
The 2014-15 season opens October 1 with the Berlin Philharmonic and music director Sir Simon Rattle. The gala concert features Mutter as soloist in Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1, and includes Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances and the closing scenes from The Firebird by Stravinsky. Further concerts from the orchestra on October 2, 5 and 6 cover Schumann’s four symphonies, the U.S. premiere of Georg Friedrich Haas’ dark dreams (co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall and the orchestra), more music of Rachmaninoff and Stravinsky, and two performances of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, to be held at the Park Avenue Armory, co-presented with the Armory and Lincoln Center.
On November 16, the Czech Philharmonic returns for the first time in ten year, under Jiří Bělohlávek, playing Janáček’s Taras Bulba, Dvořák’s Ninth Symphony and Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 2, with Jean-Yves Thibaudet. Also returning after an extended absence—fifteen years—is the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, led by Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, with Nielsen’s Fourth Symphony, “The Inextinguishable,” and Mutter playing the Sibelius Violin Concerto (February 11, 2015). Mutter will also play André Previn’s Violin Concerto No. 2 with the Mutter Virtuosi (November 18, 2014), Berg’s Violin Concerto and the NY premiere of Norbert Moret’s En rêve, with the New World Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas (April 28, 2015).
Other orchestral highlights include The Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin performing Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, October 31, 2014; Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony with Mahler’s Symphony No. 7 and the NY premiere of Samuel Carl Adams’ Drift and Providence, November 19 and 20, 2014; the Chicago Symphony, Riccardo Muti and Yefim Bronfman, piano, with Debussy, Schumann, Scriabin and Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2, January 30 and February 1, 2015; Leif Ove Andsnes leading the Mahler Chamber Orchestra from the keyboard in the complete Beethoven Piano Concertos, February 23 and 25, 2015; and David Robertson and the St. Louis Symphony with the NY premiere of Monk’s Weave, March 20, 2015. The American Composers Orchestra plays several NY and world premieres in Zankel Hall November 21 and February 27, 2015, and appearing during the season are the Teatro Regio Torino, the Vienna Philharmonic, the London Philharmonic, the Mariinksy Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and the Boston Symphony.
Mutter will also play a recital November 11, the annual Isaac Stern Memorial concert, accompanied by Lambert Orkis. The program includes music by Franck, Previn, Grieg, Kreisler and Sebastian Currier.
DiDonato will star in a concert performance of Handel’s Alcina, led by Harry Bicket with the English Concert, and featuring Alice Coote, Anna Christy, Christine Rice, Ben Johnson, Wojtek Gierlach and Anna Devin (October 26). She gives a recital, accompanied by David Zobel, November 4, a program titled “A Journey Through Venice,” then appears with the Brentano String Quartet February 5, 2015, with the world premiere of the Carnegie Hall commission “Lullaby Project,” and the NY premiere of Jake Heggie’s Camille Claudel: Into the Fire. Her series concludes March 18, 2015, in a concert with the Philadelphia Orchestra, conductor Maurizio Benini, soprano Nicole Cabell and tenor Lawrence Brownlee, of bel canto music.
Monk’s residency is further celebrated with a Carnegie-commissioned world premiere with Ensemble ACJW on February 16; a March 22, 2015 concert from Meredith Monk and Friends, including Don Byron, DJ Spooky, Theo Bleckmann, John Hollenbeck, Lukas Ligeti, Jessye Norman, Todd Reynolds and John Zorn; and finishes with a “50th Anniversary Concert” May 2, 2015, from Monk and her Vocal Ensemble. Music on that date will include selections from her works On Behalf of Nature, impermanence and mercy.
Chamber music programs include the Boromeo String Quartet playing Shostakovich, Bartók and Britten October 10; an all-Steve Reich program October 29; the Academy of Ancient Music playing Bach November 7; conductor Robert Spano, pianist Jeremy Denk and The Knights chamber orchestra presenting the NY premiere of a Carnegie Hall commission, The Classical Style, from Denk and composer Steven Stucky (December 4); The Kronos Quartet playing NY premieres of music from Derek Charke and Aleksandra Vrebalov (with a film from Bill Morrison), March 7; and concerts from pianist Richard Goode and instrumentalists February 22 and March 26, 2015.
Goode is one of a number of pianists soloing with orchestras or appearing in recitals—he plays Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 27 April 15, 2015 with the Boston Symphony and Andris Nelsons, and gives a solo concert April 24, 2015. Maurizio Pollini has a recital October 19, pianists Rafal Blechacz plays October 23; Pierre-Laurent Aimard will play Book I of Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier November 13 and pair with pianist Tamara Stefanovich March 16, 2015, for an all-Boulez program; Yuja Wang returns in a solo concert December 11 and joins violinist Leonidas Kavakos for a recital November 22; András Schiff will play a pair of concerts March 10 and 12, 2015. Pianist Piotr Anderszewski plays a recital March 19, 2015. Murray Perahia appears April 1, 2015.
There is new vocal music scheduled: on February 9, Thomas Hampson, with Wolfram Rieger, will sing a new work from composer Jennifer Higdon; mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton will sing another new commission from Heggie on February 17. On February 21, the Theatre of Voices and Paul Hillier sing Stockhausen’s Stimmung, No. 24, at Zankel.
Early Music has a major presence during the season. Alexandre Tharaud will play Couperin on the piano, January 27, 2015, and Richard Egarr, Bach and Handel on the harpsichord, February 9, among other concerts. Carnegie has also organized a large-scale “Before Bach” series, running from April 7 to May 1. There will be appearances from musicians and ensembles like Jordi Savall, Kristian Bezuidenhout, the Tallis Scholars, Pomerium, L’Arpeggiata, Le Concert des Nations (with Savall conducting) and the English Baroque Soloists with the Monteverdi Choir and conductor Sir John Eliot Gardiner. Music will include Purcell songs and excerpts from King Arthur, The Fairy Queen and Dido and Aeneas; Savall playing viol works from Sainte-Colombe, Marais and others; music for the Tudor Queens and from the Court of Louis XII and XIV; and complete concert performances of Monteverdi’s Vespri della Beata Vergine and L’Orfeo.
James Levine makes several appearances in the coming season, leading both the MET Orchestra and Chamber Ensembles in three orchestral and two chamber music concerts. On October 12, 2014, he and the orchestra are joined by Pollini for Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21, and play Mahler’s Symphony No. 9, and on February 8, 2015, they give a concert of Beethoven, Schumann, Berg and Elliott Carter. In chamber concerts November 16, 2014 and March 8, 2015, the music will be that of Berg, Webern, Strauss and Schoenberg, and Ives, Stravinsky, Wuorinen, Cage’s Atlas Ecpliticalis and the world premiere of Elliott Carter’s The American Sublime, respectively. They conclude Carnegie’s 2014-15 season May 17 with Bronfman; Brahm’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and Berlioz’ Symphonie fantastique.