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The New York Philharmonic's 2012 -12 Season Will Be Fresh And Stimulating

   Music critics often accuse our symphony orchestras of being stodgy ,hidebound institutions  which are hopelessly stuck in the past.
 But no one can accuse America's oldest orchestra of this .  The New York Philharmonic, under its music director Alan Gilbert, will offer a fresh and stimulating season , filled with old music, new music ,
familiar and unfamiliar works of  many different composers , not limiting itself to music by "Dead White European Males " by any means .

   Maestro Gilbert will begin his third season with the orchestra on September 21 , with a gala opening night concert which will be telecast by PBS .  The program will include works by Wagner, Richard Strauss and Samuel Barber , with  the renowned  soprano Deborah Voigt as guest soloist .  The first week of subscription
concerts will  feature Mahler's monumental  symphony no 2 , the so-called "Resurrection " symphony, to celebrate the centennial of the death of  this great composer ,who also served as the orchestra's music director a century ago , and the rest of the season will feature more of his symphonies, including the unfinished 10th symphony in the completion by  the late English musicologist  Deryck Cooke, conducted the rising young English conductor Daniel Harding . Mahler died in 1911 ,with only one movement of the symphony completed, and this is sometimes performed alone , but left extended sketches for the rest of the work.

   Maestro Gilbert will also conduct symphonies by Brahms, Dvorak , Prokofiev ,Tchaikovsky and Carl Nielsen.
   The distinguished Finnish conductor Magnus Linberg will continue as composer-in-residence , and there will be
 new works by composers such as Marc Neikrug , John Corigliano , Lindberg , and others .
     Guest conductors will include  the orchestra's previous music directors , Lorin Maazel , Kurt Masur, and Zubin Mehta, , and David Zinman will lead a cycle of the Beethoven symphonies which will attempt to come as close to  reproducing the composer's original intentions and the playing style of  the early 19th century , also using carefully edited and corrected  editions of the symphonies , coupling them with
contemporary works .

   The renowned German violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann will be artist-in-residence, and play a variety of  violin concertos with the orchestra .  The rneowned Russian pianist Yefim Bronfman will play the world premiere of the piano concerto no 2 by Magnus Lindberg , and mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe will sing the world premiere of a song cycle by the distinguished American composer John Corigliano , who father ,of the same name, had served as the orchestra's concertmaster  many years ago .

   The Philharmonic will play a special concert at the New York city armory ,featuring works by Mozart and Charles Ives , as well as the extravagant  avant-garde masterpiece "Gruppen "  by the late German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen , who was an eccentric genius .

   Even if you don't live in or near New York, you can hear the orchestra's concerts on the internet ;check
the orchestra's website  for more information . 

Posted: Aug 08 2011, 04:17 PM by the horn | with no comments
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