Press Room presents great European orchestras this month

April offers a grand tour of great European orchestras as presents concerts by top ensembles from Amsterdam, St. Petersburg, Vienna, Barcelona, and Lyon. Available now is a concert with the Vienna Symphony from the famed Musikverein, in a colorful springtime program of music by Bizet, Saint-Saëns, Gershwin and more, led by Bertrand de Billy. April 14 showcases the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya led by prize-winning young conductor Vasily Petrenko, in a program of Montsalvatge, Elgar, and the Brahms Violin Concerto with world-class soloist Midori. From April 15 to 25, viewers can enjoy four concerts with the ever-exciting Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev performing signature repertoire: the complete Prokofiev symphonies and four of his five piano concertos. In the concerto performances the Mariinsky is joined by pianists Daniil Trifonov, winner of the 2011 Tchaikovsky Competition (April 15); Gergiev’s frequent collaborator Alexander Toradze (April 16); St. Petersburg native Alexei Volodin (April 24); and American-Armenian Sergei Babayan (April 25). Live on April 19, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra presents Beethoven’s towering Missa Solemnis under one of the orchestra’s great kindred spirits, Nikolaus Harnoncourt. And on April 26, the Orchestre National de Lyon and music director Leonard Slatkin offer moving works by Arvo Pärt and Tchaikovsky, as well as Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1 with virtuoso cellist Sol Gabetta.
At 2:15pm EDT on April 19, the live presentation of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra – recently voted the world’s greatest orchestra by a panel of critics from Gramophone magazine – sees the Dutch ensemble team with longtime partner Harnoncourt for Beethoven, one of the specialties of this revolutionary conductor. They perform the composer’s vast, intense Missa Solemnis, often called “the Mount Everest of sacred choral music,” with the Netherlands Radio Choir and an all-star lineup of vocal soloists: soprano Marlis Petersen, tenor Werner Güra, alto Elisabeth Kulman and bass Gerald Finley.
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April concerts on
Available now
Vienna Symphony from the Musikverein: Bizet, Saint-Saëns, Ponchielli, & Gershwin
Bertrand de Billy, conductor
April 14, 1pm EDT (live)
Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona: Montsalvatge, Elgar, & Brahms
Midori, violin; Vasily Petrenko, conductor
April 15, 11am EDT (live)
Mariinsky Orchestra: Prokofiev symphonies and concertos
Daniil Trifonov, piano; Valery Gergiev, conductor
April 16, 11am EDT (live)
Mariinsky Orchestra: Prokofiev symphonies and concertos
Alexander Toradze, piano; Valery Gergiev, conductor
April 19, 2:15pm EDT (live)
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra: Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis
Marlis Petersen, soprano; Werner Güra, tenor; Elisabeth Kulman, alto; Gerald Finley, bass; Netherlands Radio Choir; Nikolaus Harnoncourt, conductor
April 24, 11am EDT (live)
Mariinsky Orchestra: Prokofiev symphonies and concertos
Alexei Volodin, piano; Valery Gergiev, conductor
April 25, 11am EDT (live)
Mariinsky Orchestra: Prokofiev symphonies and concertos
Sergei Babayan, piano; Valery Gergiev, conductor
April 26, 2pm EDT (live)
Orchestre National de Lyon: Pärt, Tchaikovsky, & Shostakovich
Sol Gabetta, cello; Leonard Slatkin, conductor
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