From 19 to 29 January 2017, Staatskapelle Berlin and Daniel Barenboim make their return to Carnegie Hall after an absence of eight years, to present all nine Bruckner symphonies for the first time in North American musical history, over a mere eleven days.
In their 175th season as a symphony orchestra, over 120 musicians will travel to New York to take part in this »musical marathon«.
»I was fascinated by the Bruckner universe, which gave me the feeling that he’d traveled over several centuries. The form is really Baroque, classical Baroque; the musical language is post-Romantic, post-Wagnerian. And so I felt that in the Bruckner symphonies there was a huge journey through the history of mankind. One often talks about the architecture of the music. But with Bruckner symphonies, sometimes I have the feeling that it goes deeper and deeper, more like an archeological expedition rather than an architectural building.«, states Daniel Barenboim in explaining his fascination with the Austrian composer.
Clive Gillinson, Executive and Artistic Director of Carnegie Hall, adds: »We’re thrilled to welcome Daniel Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin. We can’t imagine artists more ideal to take our concertgoers on this extraordinary musical journey«.
The program will be completed by Mozart's piano concerto Nos. 20, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27 together with his Sinfonia Concertante KV 297b for four wind instruments and the Sinfonia Concertante KV 364 for violin and viola, and will feature soloists Gregor Witt (oboe), Matthias Glander (clarinet), Ignacio García (horn), Mathias Baier (bassoon), Wolfram Brandl (violin) and Yulia Deyneka (viola).
For Daniel Barenboim, who will appear both as conductor and piano soloist, this concert tour which coincides with the year of his 60th stage anniversary at Carnegie Hall will be an especially momentous event.: »I am delighted to return to Carnegie Hall on this occasion, marking the 60th anniversary of my first concert in January 1957. I am particularly happy to do this with Mozart and Bruckner, two composers that have been very important for me in past programmes at Carnegie Hall with different orchestras. To now come with the Staatskapelle Berlin with whom I have done the cycle several times is a very special joy for me.«
The concerts in New York are a continuation of the long-term, intensive engagement of the Staatskapelle Berlin and Daniel Barenboim with Anton Bruckner and his works: After having been performed in Berlin in 2010, the complete cycle was first heard in the Wiener Musikverein in 2012. In February 2016, the cycle was performed in the Tokyo (Japan) Suntory Hall, and all nine Bruckner symphonies will be presented in the Philharmonie de Paris in three stages until September 2017. In January 2017, German publishers Deutsche Grammophon will release a CD edition with all nine Bruckner recordings - currently they are available in digital format on Daniel Barenboim's label Peral Music.