This weekend, New Yorkers can compare the city's two major orchestras side by side. Concerts by the New York Philharmonic and the Met Orchestra are among the highlights of our concert calendar. The rising young Amphion String Quartet rounds out the weekend.
Thursday at 7:30 pm
New York Philharmonic
Avery Fisher Hall
Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic have just released the first recording in a recording project of the major orchestral works of the Danish composer Carl Nielsen. These concerts take on two of the composer's concertos - for flute (with principal flutist Robert Langevin as soloist) and violin (with violinist Nikolaj Znaider). Ending the evening is Tchaikovsky's "Little Russian" Second Symphony, tinged with Ukranian folksong. The program repeats on Friday and Saturday nights.
Friday at 7:30 pm
Philharmonia Quartett Berlin
Weill Recital Hall
The elite Philharmonia Quartett Berlin — all members of the Berlin Philharmonic — arrive as part of their North American tour, with a program of quartets by Mozart, Beethoven and Witold Lutoskawski. The latter String Quartet is distinguished by its unusual formal structure and use of chance techniques.
Saturday at 8 pm
'Schubert’s Last Year'
As WQXR features the piano music of one of classical music’s quintessential bohemian composers with our Album of the Week, here’s another chance to get up close and personal with Franz Schubert. Pianists Spencer Myer and Michael Brofman, along with baritone David Williams, perform the composer's Piano Sonata in A major and Schwanengesang, which was published after his death.
Sunday at 3 pm
The MET Orchestra
The MET Orchestra’s season opening program hit a few snags on the way to Carnegie Hall: Soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek cancelled at the last minute due to illness, and music director James Levine remains sidelined for health reasons as well. In their place are conductor Semyon Bychkov and, announced this week, mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung. The program features Wagner’s Overture to Tannhäuser and Wesendonck Lieder (orch. Mottl/Wagner). Strauss’s epic Eine Alpensinfonie concludes the afternoon.
Sunday at 4 pm
"Telemann in Paris" with Immanuel Davis, traverso; Motomi Igarashi, gamba; Dongsok Shin, harpsichord; and Käthe Jarka, cello
Church of St. Luke in the Fields (487 Hudson St.)
Prolific, accomplished and trend-setting in his day, Telemann doesn’t always get his due. Baroque violinist Leah Gale Nelson and friends give Georg Philip some overdue attention by showcasing some of his Parisian flute quartets and other works.
Sunday at 7 pm
Amphion String Quartet
Barbès (376 9th St, Brooklyn)
This young string quartet is a hot property at the moment. Next year they'll be the string quartet–in-residence at Caramoor and will be joining the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center roster. Recent winner of the 2011 Concert Artists Guild competition, they open the Barbès classical series with works by Haydn, Mendelssohn and Janacek.