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Carnegie Hall’s 2013-2014 season…

31 January 2013

Feel like Carnegie Hall isn’t golden enough for you? Insufficiently weighed down by history? Well, I’ve got great news for you: next season Carnegie is turning into Vienna.

Seven concerts – seven – are to be given by either the Vienna Philharmonic or the Vienna State Opera (which aren’t the same thing, but near enough on tour one would guess). And with the exception of a lollipops concert with Zubin Mehta, they are all interesting to a point. Franz Welser-Möst gets the möst VPO time, with a Beethoven 9 prefaced by Schoenberg’s Friede auf Erden, and a Bruckner 6 the day after. Andris Nelsons does Salome with the opera – earlier experiences with him and this opera haven’t been bad – and a Haydn-Brahms concert with the VPO. But Daniele Gatti – praise be! – gets the best gigs: a Wozzeck with Matthias Goerne in the title role, which will have to go some way to beat Esa-Pekka Salonen’s recent essay, and a Schubert Unfinished/Mahler 4 pairing. Lord knows whether any of this will receive enough rehearsal time to come off, but failures are guaranteed to be characteristically Viennese. Anyway, this continuation of Carnegie’s ad hoc Vienna: City of Dreams series will also feature chamber concerts, and so on.

Other big events are noticeably thin on the ground, but there is still a pleasingly weighty feel to the season plan. Osmo Vänskä and the troubled Minnesota Orchestra survey the complete symphonies and many of the orchestral works of Sibelius, in dates dotted throughout the calendar. The Takács Quartet replay the complete Bartók cycle heard in London recently. The MET Orchestra are crossing their fingers by hoping their three concerts will be led by James Levine in all-Dvořák and all-Mahler programmes (both symphonies numbered seven), as well as an evening of Elliott Carter’s Variations for Orchestra, Beethoven 7, and Mozart for Joyce DiDonato. There’s a Mahler 3 from the San Francisco Symphony and MTT, both Brahms sonatas from Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax (with a new Andreas Hillborg work), and three concerts from the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Mariss Jansons to round out the season.

A few other things stick out. The English Concert present a starry line-up for Handel’s Theodora, including Sarah Connolly and Dorothea Röschmann. Piano recitals come from Mitsuko Uchida (the Schubert D840 and the Diabellis), Paul Lewis (Beethoven, Liszt, Bach-Busoni, and Mussorgsky), and Daniil Trifonov, among many, many others. Notably, András Schiff presents a Goldbergs-Diabellis double whammy (in one concert!), as well as the complete Bach Partitas. The Boston Symphony Orchestra gets its scheduling in order and brings Bernard Haitink for its annual dates: they play an all-Ravel concert including Daphnis, and Schumann with Murray Perahia pre-Brahms 4.

Finally, there is going to be some very serious singing indeed. Florian Boesch does the Winterreise, while Goerne does Die schöne Müllerin. And above all? Jonas Kaufmann stops making New Yorkers schlep to Princeton, and makes his Carnegie debut.

For more, obviously see the Carnegie site.

UPDATED: This post was republished by Seen and Heard International (here).

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  1. 31 January 2013 7:55 pm

    The Carnegie Salome and this week more generally was announced in Wien some time ago, but the finalized details are interesting, if only for being very different from the planning… You will be getting an unadulterated Philharmoniker but whether it’s all well-rehearsed or not is another question. This drives me spare but if one is inclined to view the most contemptuous Schlamperei as charmingly Viennese – as so many here and abroad incomprehensibly are – then it perhaps doesn’t register so gratingly. Hauptsache bei den Philharmonikern is however unpredictable inevitability, to use a phrase.

    • 1 February 2013 11:16 am

      I can’t see how they’ll rehearse properly, especially if (as you’ll know better) they are doing other things in the three-week span of their trip. I’m guessing – hoping, after the Rattle-in-London debacle – that FWM is bringing the Philharmoniker proper to NYC next month?

      • 2 February 2013 10:50 am

        Well the Staatsoper won’t scale back much during this period, maybe just assault Mozart with musical atrocities as they did this autumn while half the house was in Japan. So the brunt of it will be borne in Wien, I would say (which is not to say that everything will go wonderfully in New York). With the Viennese there is almost a 1984 conditioning that suits our musical institutions very well: when artistic standards drop through the floor they maintain in the strongest of terms that we still have something world-class. An audience held captive… by its own imagination.

        Franzi is bringing the real thing, though with three programmes rehearsed in the time usually given to one, plus whatever they can manage while on tour. Then there’s the variability of Franzi to consider. But in Vienna we’re hearing them at the beginning of this process and hopefully by the time they reach NY you will get something more polished. Franzi’s Bruckner should be a safe bet and I’m actually curious to hear what he’ll make of the Berg concerto.

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