October for UI
October begins for UI with a rather special event. That Christian Gerhaher, the preeminent Lieder baritone of our time, sings Schumann with Gerold Huber would be enough for me, but tonight they do so in the newly restored Board of Officers Room at the Park Avenue Armory. It’s a tiny venue, seating a few hundred at most, but looks to have been beautifully refurbished by Herzog & de Meuron.
The rest of the month will be fairly busy as the season hits its stride. I’ll be hearing the New York Philharmonic twice. First up comes Alan Gilbert, prefacing Beethoven 9 with Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Frieze. Esa-Pekka Salonen comes to town at the end of the month, with a programme of Ravel, Sibelius, and his own Violin Concerto. (I heard the latter in Boston a while back, and was impressed.)
Carnegie Hall finally gets up and running in a couple of days’ time, and I’ll be there three or four times this month. Valery Gergiev, fresh from his heckling at the Metropolitan Opera, has several concerts with his Mariinsky Orchestra, of which I’ll catch the one that has The Firebird, Pétrouchka, and The Rite of Spring on the same programme, thanks. James Levine returns to the stage after his fleet Così with the MET Orchestra. In typical style, Beethoven 7 follows Carter’s Variations for Orchestra, a Verdi overture, and various Mozart arias with Joyce DiDonato. András Schiff has reached the final stages of his Bach tour, and although I’ll sadly have to miss his ludicrous pairing of the Goldberg Variations with Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations, at least I’ll catch his programme of all six Partitas. Hopefully I’ll get chance to see Yuja Wang playing Prokofiev, Chopin, and Stravinsky, too.
Three more concerts round out the month. Bernard Haitink is in town with the London Symphony Orchestra, although he’s pairing a Mozart concerto (Emanuel Ax) with Shostakovich’s last symphony. I’ll be at the opening night of the Met’s one Britten opera this season, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. And last, but most importantly of all, I’ll be in Boston for Andris Nelsons’ first concert since being named the new music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Wagner, Brahms, and Mozart with Paul Lewis should prove tasty fare.