11 July 2013
Visit with Dvořák in New York
Principal Cello Carter Brey plays Dvořák’s Cello Concerto for our Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks programs throughout the five boroughs this week. The work has a direct connection to our fair city, as Dvořák composed the piece here during his tenure as director of the National Conservatory of Music (1892–95). He and his family lived in a townhouse at 327 E. 17th Street, near the conservatory, and a statue in his honor stands in Stuyvesant Square, with the street alongside named Dvořák Place.
25 April 2013
Here, There, and Everywhere
As our musicians prepare to go on tour together, many individual performers have received accolades for their performances near and far.
Concertmaster Glenn Dicterow: Performed as soloist on Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, led by Long Yu.
Organist Ken Tritle: Led an acclaimed performance of Britten’s War Requiem at Carnegie Hall with the Oratorio Society of New York, of which he is the music director — this, right after overseeing the chorus for our own performances of Ives’s Fourth Symphony.
Principal Cello Carter Brey and Associate Principal Cello Eileen Moon: Performed with their Plaza colleagues in “The Cellists of Lincoln Center,” a performance presented by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center at Alice Tully Hall.
Congrats to all for how wonderfully they’ve been representing the Phil!
(Portraits by Chris Lee)
10 April 2013
"Brey’s measured approach, with steady pacing and lighter tone, reminded us of the origin of these pieces as intimate works for private study: the expressivity of the music seemed to emerge solely from the magisterial logic of its craft," writes The New Yorker of Carter Brey's recent marathon of the Complete Bach Cello Suites. “The most compelling moments came when the essential qualities of the instruments were brought to the fore: the melancholy Fifth Suite, in which the top string is tuned downward to give the instrument a darker sound, and the Sixth, in which the pealing brightness of the high string elicited a murmur of delight from the audience.”
If you missed this performance, you can still catch Carter in the 2013–14 season: He joins Alisa Weilerstein and Daniel Müller-Schott October 24–26 for Krzysztof Penderecki's Concerto grosso for three cellos. This comes hot on the heels an opening gala featuring another noted cellist, Yo-Yo Ma.
(Photo: Chris Lee)
29 March 2013
"I think Bach is actually the most important composer for our time, because he gives us something we don’t have," cellist Jan Vogler recently told ABC’s Sandy Kenyon. “We have this fast communication and then Bach can really bring us back to ourselves, to our souls, to our real center.”
Jan, who recently performed Bloch’s Schelomo with us at Avery Fisher Hall in New York and at the University Musical Society in Michigan (and will reprise the work in Dresden this May on our EUROPE / SPRING 2013 tour), can be seen and heard above in ABC’s special report performing Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1 in G major off of his new album on Sony.
For comparison’s sake, own Principal Cello Carter Brey plays the same work (along with Bach’s other five cello suites) on Monday at the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. Tickets are currently sold out, but you can click here for more information on our waiting list.
28 March 2013
While Principal Cello Carter Brey has been holding down the musical fort in New York, the rest of the Orchestra has joined an army of college students and others having good times during their Spring Break. Here is one member and her husband enjoying sunnier climes; can you guess who it is and where they are? Their attire provides a hint…
26 March 2013
Better Know a Bach Soloist: Carter Brey
Our very own Principal Cello Carter Brey takes on Bach’s Complete Suites for Unaccompanied Cello this Wednesday and next Monday. As we previously mentioned, Carter originally said that his first reaction to this program was: “Would I really buy a ticket to hear myself play these pieces in one sitting?” He changed his tune when he had the idea to play the Sixth Suite as originally intended, using a custom-built five-string cello.
A frequent solo voice here at the Phil, Carter is also no stranger to chamber music in New York and beyond. Hear him above in a live performance from Music@Menlo of Debussy’s Cello Sonata with pianist Gilbert Kalish.
19 March 2013
Tonight at 7:00 p.m., you can see and hear violinist (and New York Philharmonic debutant) Isabelle Faust and Philharmonic Principal Cello Carter Brey (who has his own sold-out pair of concerts as part of The Bach Variations) in our latest installment of New York Philharmonic Offstage. Hosted by WQXR’s Jeff Spurgeon, the event is free and open to all at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center. Come join the Bach-chanale!
(Photos: Felix Broede [Faust], Chris Lee [Brey], Marco Antonio [Spurgeon])
1 March 2013
If it Ain’t Baroque
'I have to confide that, when the Philharmonic asked me if I’d like to do this Bach marathon, my first reaction was, 'Would I really buy a ticket to hear myself play these pieces in one sitting?'” Philharmonic Principal Cello Carter Brey said of his upcoming marathon performances of the complete Bach Cello Suites. “As I thought about it more, I decided that I could justify it if I brought something to it that would challenge me.”
That challenge, he decided, would be to play the Suites on cellos with a Baroque setup: one cello for the first five suites, and a five-string cello, as originally intended, for the Sixth Suite.
Photos: Luthier James McKean makes the five-string cello with a Baroque setup for Carter Brey.
6 February 2013
Stairway to Bach
Lately, we’ve had to be careful running up and down the backstage stairwell at Avery Fisher Hall, so as not to collide with Principal Cello Carter Brey as he practices Bach.
Carter is preparing for his marathon performance of Bach’s Cello Suites as part of The Bach Variations festival. The originally scheduled performance is already sold out, so today we announced that a second date has been added: April 1 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. Run (carefully) and get your tickets before they sell out, too!