From this Friday, August 20 through October 1, Carnegie Hall will continue to offer free full historical concert streams each week via carnegiehall.org, featuring legendary classical musicians in inspiring performances from some of the world’s finest concert halls. The online series, Carnegie Hall Selects, launched earlier this summer, celebrates the great artists, composers and musical works who have played a pivotal role in the Hall’s history. A new Carnegie Hall Selects program will be offered for free every Friday until October 1.
This upcoming collection of Carnegie Hall Selects episodes focuses on artists, ensembles and works that were featured at one of Carnegie Hall’s citywide festivals. Since 2007, Carnegie Hall has presented 12 festivals, offering in-depth explorations of music, culture and more. Festivals frequently include partner events, such as conferences, film screenings, exhibitions, and performances at partner cultural and academic organizations across New York City. These artistic axes feature music closely associated with a cultural milestone or a historical period.
Celebrated at Carnegie Hall’s Vienna: City of Dreams Festival in 2014, the Austrian city, home to Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, was also the epicenter of a change that rocked the musical world, defying convention and exploring daring new sound worlds. At the forefront of this movement were revolutionary composers, including Alban Berg. Berg’s opera Wozzeck, one of the most significant works of the twentieth century, tells the story of a soldier’s descent into madness. Directed by William Kentridge at the Salzburg Festival in 2017, Matthias Goerne is presented in the title role with Asmik Grigorian in the role of Marie and Vladimir Jurowski at the head of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.
Like other classical composers, Gustav Mahler achieved many of his professional successes in Vienna, at the center of the Vienna: City of Dreams 2014 festival at Carnegie Hall. It was in the Austrian city that he conducted what is today known as the Vienna State Opera and regularly conducted his ensemble of instrumentalists, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Decades after Mahler’s death in 1911, Leonard Bernstein established himself as the ultimate champion of Mahler’s works, becoming the first conductor to record all of the composer’s symphonies. In this 1973 performance filmed at the Vienna Musikverein, Bernstein conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in Mahler’s Fourth Symphony with solo soprano Edith Mathis.
In 2007, Berlin in Lights at Carnegie Hall invited the public to explore the culture of this fascinating city that was reborn after the reunification of Germany. The anchor of the festival was Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker, of which he was musical director for 16 years. In this 2015 film recorded at London’s Barbican Hall, Rattle conducts the orchestra of masterpieces from Sibelius’ Sixth and Seventh Symphonies which received their New York premieres at Carnegie Hall in 1930 and 1927, respectively.
At the Berlin in Lights Festival in 2007, Carnegie Hall audiences were introduced to one of the great conductors of our time: Gustavo Dudamel. Shot at the Salzburg Festival the following year, this concert features Dudamel at the head of the Venezuelan Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra in Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorgsky and Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with pianist Martha Argerich, the violinist Renaud Capuçon and cellist Gautier Capuçon.
Inspired by the Berlin in Lights 2007 festival at Carnegie Hall, the celebration of the German city ends with Beethoven’s Farewell Symphony No.9, a choral and orchestral extravaganza that culminates in the finale “Ode to Joy” which is become the most frequently cited claim of mankind. solidarity in music. Recorded in 1968 at the Berlin Philharmonic, Herbert von Karajan conducts the Berliner Philharmoniker, with soprano Gundula Janowitz, mezzo-soprano Christa Ludwig, tenor Jess Thomas and bass baritone Walter Berry.
Each new Carnegie Hall Selects program will be available on Friday starting at 12:00 p.m. EST and will be available free on demand for one week on carnegiehall.org.