The New York Philharmonic performed in Vietnam for the first time last October as part of the orchestra’s Asian Horizons tour. That appearance is the subject of this week’s broadcast.
Appearing at the French-colonial-era Hanoi Opera House under the baton of Alan Gilbert, the orchestra presented a trio of works by Beethoven: the Piano Concerto No. 4 (with soloist Emanuel Ax), the Symphony No. 7 and the Egmont Overture. The visit carried considerable significance: the program opened with the national anthems of both the U.S. and Vietnam, and the entire performance was broadcast on two giant screens that flanked the outside of the concert hall.
Alan Gilbert, conductor
Emanuel Ax, piano
Van Cao Quoc Ca (Vietnam National Anthem)
J.S. Smith The Star-Spangled Banner
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4
Beethoven Symphony No. 7
Beethoven Egmont Overture (encore)
Mendelssohn Scherzo from Octet for Strings, arr. for orchestra (encore)