15 February 2012
All of Mahler’s symphonies … attempt to really encapsulate the human experience, but the Ninth probably goes the farthest.
— Music Director Alan Gilbert on Mahler’s Symphony No. 9, a work that he and the Orchestra rehearsed in Düsseldorf’s Tonhalle in anticipation of their performance of it in London on February 16.
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14 February 2012
Accolades from Abroad
Here’s what the European press has to say about the Orchestra’s recent performances in Frankfurt and Düsseldorf on the EUROPE / WINTER 2012 tour:
“It was clear, transparent, and enhanced by the flawless balance of sound that once again underscored the orchestra’s world-class quality.” — the Offenbach Post on the Orchestra’s performance of Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5
“The New York Philharmonic impressively and precisely captured the various moods of the movements with its never cocky, controlled orchestral sound, meticulously illuminated the characteristics of this fabric of sound. Thunderous applause.” — the Frankfurter Neue Presse on Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony
“New York native Alan Gilbert, Music Director of this orchestra since 2009, brought out the texture of this composition with great precision and uncanny sureness.” — the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, on Composer-in-Residence Magnus Lindberg’s Feria
“The level of this orchestra was heavenly. Whether in the broad, multicolor expanses of the first movement, the harsh developments of the Scherzo, or the damp, almost mossy tundra of the Adagio, the Philharmonic played with a passionate delicacy that was reminiscent of the days under Mitropoulos or Bernstein.” — the Rheinische Post on Lindberg’s Feria
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23 January 2012
Did You Know …
… that Alan Gilbert will make his debut as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic in Amsterdam and Düsseldorf next month on the EUROPE / WINTER 2012 tour? It’s part of a whirlwind few weeks, with fourteen concerts in seven cities, February 2–18. The Orchestra last performed in Amsterdam and Düsseldorf in 2005.