David Zinman and Richard Goode Return to the NY Phil Tonight
David Zinman will return to the New York Philharmonic to lead Thomas Adès's Three Studies from Couperin, Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 18 with Richard Goode as soloist, and Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 3, Scottish, tonight, December 5, 2013, at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, December 6 at 8:00 p.m.; and Saturday, December 7 at 8:00 p.m. Richard Goode's Grammy-nominated recording of Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 18 was selected as Stereo Review's Record of the Year and Gramophone magazine's Record of the Month, and The New York Times praised it as "eloquently phrased, elegantly articulated."
The New York Philharmonic commissioned and premierEd Thomas Adès's America (A Prophecy) in November 1999 as one of the "Messages for the Millennium," led by Kurt Masur. In January 2011 Mr. Adès made his Philharmonic debut as soloist in his work In Seven Days (Concerto for Piano with Moving Image), led by Music Director Alan Gilbert, which The New York Times praised as "riveting, restless and kaleidoscopically colorful." In 2012 Alan Gilbert conducted Mr. Adès's Polaris, a Philharmonic co-commission, in its New York Premiere and U.K. Premiere during the Philharmonic's Barbican Centre residency as part of the EUROPE / WINTER 2012 tour.
Thomas Adès's Three Studies from Couperin is inspired by three keyboard pieces by Couperin, King Louis XIV's organist, harpsichordist, and court composer. It is believed that Mozart may have composed his Piano Concerto No. 18 for Maria Theresia von Paradis - the daughter of Empress Maria Theresa's Court Councilor and Imperial Secretary of Commerce - and Mozart's father reported in a letter that after he performed it "the emperor tipped his hat and called out 'Bravo Mozart!'" Mendelssohn dedicated his Scottish Symphony to Queen Victoria, and it evokes Mendelssohn's reaction upon seeing the ruins of Mary Queen of Scots' residence at Holyrood Castle.
- Pre-Concert Talks
Composer Paul Moravec will introduce the program. Pre-Concert Talks are $7; discounts available for multiple talks, students, and groups. They take place one hour before each performance in the Helen Hull Room, unless otherwise noted. The December 5 Pre-Concert Talk takes place at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center. Attendance is limited to 90 people. Information: www.nyphil.org/preconcert or (212) 875-5656.
- National and International Radio Broadcast
The program will be broadcast a later date* on The New York Philharmonic This Week, a radio concert series syndicated weekly to more than 300 stations nationally, and to 122 outlets internationally, by the WFMT Radio Network.
The 52-week series, hosted by actor Alec Baldwin, is generously underwritten by The Kaplen Brothers Fund, the Audrey Love Charitable Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Philharmonic's corporate partner, MetLife Foundation. The broadcast will be available on the Philharmonic's Website, nyphil.org. The program is broadcast locally in the New York metropolitan area on 105.9 FM WQXR on Thursdays at 8:00 p.m. *Check local listings for broadcast and program information.
Conductor David Zinman's 2013-14 season is his final as music director of Zurich's Tonhalle Orchestra. A highlight of his final season with the Tonhalle Orchestra is a tour to Japan in the spring of 2014, following his return to Tokyo's NHK Symphony Orchestra last season. Also this season Mr. Zinman returns to the Vienna, Bavarian Radio, and Hamburg's NDR symphony orchestras; the Royal Stockholm and London Philharmonic Orchestras; and the Orchestre National de France and Orchestre de Paris. He returns to the Mostly Mozart Festival with Joshua Bell and appears with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood. Mr. Zinman has conducted all the leading North American orchestras, including the Chicago and Boston Symphony Orchestras and The Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras. His European engagements have included the Berlin and Munich Philharmonic orchestras; Amsterdam's Royal Concertgebouw, Leipzig's Gewandhaus, and Philharmonia orchestras; and the London, Frankfurt Radio, and Cologne's WDR symphony orchestras. Mr. Zinman's discography of more than 100 recordings has won international honors, including five Grammy awards, two Grand Prix du Disque, two Edison Prizes, the Deutsche Schallplattenpreis, and a Gramophone Award. Mr. Zinman and the Tonhalle Orchestra have most recently released a recording titled Wagner in Switzerland, and have collaborated with violinist Julia Fisher and Decca Classics for Bruch and Dvo?ák's violin concertos. Recently completed cycles with the Tonhalle Orchestra include Schubert, Brahms, and Mahler (the recording of Mahler's Symphony No. 8 received a 2011 ECHO Klassik Award), as well as a Beethoven cycle that has sold more than one million copies. David Zinman, who studied conducting with Pierre Monteux, has served as music director of the Rotterdam and Baltimore Symphony Orchestras and principal conductor of the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra. He was also music director of the Aspen Music Festival and School and American Academy of Conducting for 13 years. In 2000 Mr. Zinman was awarded the Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and in 2002 he was first conductor and non-Swiss recipient of the City of Zurich Art Prize. He received the Thomas Theodore award in recognition of outstanding achievement and extraordinary service to one's colleagues in advancing the art and science of conducting. In 2008 he won the Midem Classical Artist of the Year award for his work with the Tonhalle Orchestra. Mr. Zinman's first appearance with the New York Philharmonic was leading the 1973 Neighborhood Concerts Orchestra during its citywide festival; most recently, he presided over The Modern Beethoven: A Philharmonic Festival in March 2012, and conducted a program of Sibelius and Schumann in December 2012.