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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Alan Gilbert conducts the Berlin Philharmonic Alan Gilbert conducts the Berlin Philharmonic (Berlin Philharmonic)

On this third episode of the Berlin Philharmonic in Concert, Terrance McKnight hosts a presentation of three works with connections to New York by the orchestra, recorded live at its concert hall. The program begins with guest conductor Alan Gilbert, the current music director of the New York Philharmonic, leading a performance of Dvorák's Cello Concerto, which the composer wrote while in New York, with soloist Daniel Muller-Schott. 

Two works written by Gilbert's predecessors follow. First, Daniel Harding conducts Memoriale (… explosante-fixe … Originel) by Pierre Boulez, who died in January, and then Ingo Metzmacher takes up the baton for Leonard Bernstein's Symphonic Dances from West Side Story. 

Program Playlist:

Dvorák: Cello Concerto in B minor
Alan Gilbert, conductor; Daniel Muller-Schott, cello

Ravel: Pièce en forme de Habanera
Daniel Muller-Schott, cello

Boulez: Memoriale (… explosante-fixe … Originel) for flute and eight instruments
Daniel Harding, conductor; Emmanuel Pahud, flute

Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
Ingo Metzmacher, conductor

Additional recordings by the Berlin Philharmonic:

Wagner: Siegfried Idyll
James Levine, conductor

Mahler: Selections from Songs of a Wayfarer
Bernard Haitink, conductor; Jessye Norman, soprano

The Berlin Philharmonic is offering WQXR listeners a two-day pass to its Digital Concert Hall by using the code "WQXR." Berlin Philharmonic recordings are available for sale on iTunes.

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