Music in NYC: New York Philharmonic with Leif Ove Andsnes in a program of Rachmaninoff, Sibelius, Salonen

Music in NYC: New York Philharmonic with Leif Ove Andsnes in a program of Rachmaninoff, Sibelius, Salonen

Music in NYC New York Philharmonic with Leif Ove Andsnes Rachmaninoff Sibelius Salonen
Leif Ove Andsnes. Photo credit: Oezguer Albayrak / Image courtesy of New York Philharmonic

New York Premiere of Esa-Pekka Salonen Gambit followed by Rachmaninoff and Sibelius in October, 2017

The upcoming 2017-2018 New York Philharmonic season presents a carefully selected list of the masters ready to deliver the best in classical music experience. One of them is a Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes . Audiences around the world are very familiar with the measured and exact style of Andsnes. This season he is named The Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence by the New York Philharmonic with three concerto appearances and a recital in his only New York performances.

Andsnes début on the New York Philharmonic stage took place in 1997 followed by 28 appearances. His concert tours over the 2016-2017 season had won him much recognition and acclaim. He had successfully collaborated with another world renowned pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin giving Two Pianos recitals featuring Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring”, as well as the music of Mozart and DebussyAnthony Tommasini of the New York Times had noted “a fearless, incisive and surprisingly alluring account of this “original” version of the “Rite” at the Two Pianos recital at Carnegie Hall last April.

Music in NYC New York Philharmonic with Leif Ove Andsnes Rachmaninoff Sibelius Salonen
Paavo Jarvi, Photo credit: Jean Christophe Uhl / Image courtesy of New York Philharmonic

Andsnes is also well-known for his recordings particularly for his exploration of Beethoven’s works which he calls the Beethoven Journey. He dedicated four years to complete the recordings of Beethoven five concertos with Mahler Chamber Orchestra. The recordings were released in installments by Sony Classical and the series was named one of The New York Times’s Best of 2014, iTunes’s Best Instrumental Album of 2012, and BBC Music Magazine’s 2015 Recording of the Year.

The program for Andsnes first appearance with the New York Philharmonic this season under Paavo Jarvi conducting will include New York premiere of Esa-Pekka Salonen Gambit, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 4 and Sibelius’s Symphony No. 5.

The program of majestic music by Rachmaninoff and Sibelius combined with the highly anticipated premiere of Salonen’s piece will surely be a delight the concert-goers.

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Venue: David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center, NY

Dates and Times: 

Thursday, October 12, 2017, 7:30 pm

Friday, October 13, 2017, 11:00 am

Saturday, October 14, 2017, 8:00 pm

Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 7:30 pm

Beyond NYC: Jason Vieaux, Guitar with Julien Labro, Bandoneon and Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Caramoor at Katonah, NY

Beyond NYC: Jason Vieaux, Guitar with Julien Labro, Bandoneon and Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Caramoor at Katonah, NY

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and Piazzolla on July 16, 2017

Jason Vieaux, Guitar with Julien Labro, Bandoneon and Orchestra of St. Luke's at Caramoor at Katonah, NY
Jason Vieaux, photo by Tyler Boye; image source jasonvieaux.com

With a program of chamber music heavily influenced by the genius of Vivaldi, this concert on July Sunday afternoon is promising to be a meditation on the past with classical guitar, bandoneon, violin and a chamber orchestra serenading the summer.

Jason Vieaux, a winner of 2015 Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Solo, is returning to Caramoor with Julien Labro on bandoneon and Krista Benin Fenney on violin. Vieaux’s impeccable technique and musicality “makes the guitar sing” in the words of Tom Huizenga, NPR host. From the beginning of Vieaux’s engagement with the NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series when he was young-artist-in-residence, his mastery have flourished adding on a diverse sound palette of West-African rhythms, Argentinian tangos and classical preludes. On his return to the Tiny Desk Concert studio as a renown international musician seven years later, his music had transformed the studio into “a quiet, jasmine-scented garden in Andalusia” as described by Huizenga.

Jason Vieaux, Guitar with Julien Labro, Bandoneon and Orchestra of St. Luke's at Caramoor at Katonah, NY
Julien Labro photo by Anna Webber / image source julienlabro.com

Julien Labro is a well-known accordionist whose music blends folk and classical melodies into an eclectic and rich mix. In the course of his career Labro’s main influence was the music of an Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla. According to Labro’s autobiography, Piazzolla was the reason for Labro to pick up a bandoneon. Sharing this affection, Vieaux and Labro had already recorded 7 albums on the music by Piazzolla with the most recent one Infusion by Azica produced in 2016.

The combination of top quality music performance and spectacular Caramoor gardens and grounds makes it an ideal place for a summer night out. At Caramoor the visitors can enjoy architecture, history, art, horticulture and music all in one place. Arrive early to have a chance to explore them all.

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Venue: Caramoor Center for Music and Arts, Katonah, NY                                       Date: July 16, 4pm

Beyond NYC: Daniil Trifonov, Piano at Caramoor in Katonah, NY

Beyond NYC: Daniil Trifonov, Piano at Caramoor in Katonah, NY

Powerful program for Summer Chamber music lineup

Beyond NYC: Daniil Trifonov, Piano at Caramoor in Katonah, NY
Daniil Trifonov / image source caramoor.org

Daniil Trifonov, 26-year-old Russian pianist, is already well known to the audiences around the world for his amazing technique and poetic sensitivity in delivering the most challenging programs. The selection of works for this year Summer concert at Caramoor is exactly in that category.

Trifonov became an international sensation in 2011 when he won the first prize in the Tchaikovsky competition.  From that time on he is a regular at major concert halls with dedicated fans eagerly anticipating his every performance. And he never disappoints. The New Yorker magazine in its review of this year performance at Carnegie Hall notes that Trifonov “creates furor”.

In the program at Caramoor, Trifonov starts with Schumann including Kreisleriana; followed by a selection of Preludes and Fugues by Shostakovich and ending with  the movements from Stravinsky’s Petrushka. Expect a lot of energy and clarity in tone as these serious pieces require from a performer. Trifonov’s virtuosity and depth will delight you and make that night an affair to remember!

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Venue: Caramoor Center for Music and Arts, Katonah, NY                                       Date: July 9, 5pm