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Tchaikovsky, Adams, and Bartók at the Berliner Philharmoniker

Alex Bellis / 23rd November 2016 / Journal

A regular guest of the Berlin Philharmonic, Alan Gilbert returns to the celebrated orchestra December 2 through 4 for concerts at the Berliner Philharmonie.

The program includes Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony, of which Alan’s “hypercharged” account was a highlight of the New York Philharmonic’s “blistering Disney Hall debut” (Los Angeles Times). Juxtaposed with the feverish despair of that Russian masterwork are Short Ride in a Fast Machine and Lollapalooza by John Adams – the Berlin Philharmonic’s current Composer-in-Residence – and Bartók’s Second Violin Concerto with Frank Peter Zimmermann as soloist. Alan’s association with the German violinist is of long standing. It was he who appointed Zimmermann as the New York Philharmonic’s 2011-12 Artist-in-Residence, when their concerto collaborations included a performance of the Bach “Double” with the Music Director himself on violin; as the New York Times wrote, “the interplay between them was graceful … and took on an appealing visceral quality.” After their Berlin engagement, the two look forward to reuniting once again on the New York Philharmonic’s upcoming European tour.

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