Thomas Adès Polaris (UK premiere - Barbican Co-commission) Berlioz Les nuits d’été Stravinsky Symphony in Three Movements Ravel Daphnis and Chloe Suite (No 2) New York Philharmonic Alan Gilbert conductor Joyce DiDonato mezzo-soprano
A hello from Joyce DiDonato
Music Director Alan Gilbert on ThomasAdès's Polaris
The New York Philharmonic has been always been a committed advocate of contemporary music - which in their time included Dvorák, Rachmaninov, Gershwin and Copland, works by all of whom the New York Philharmonic gave the premieres. It also gave the premiere of one of tonight's works, Stravinsky's dramatic Symphony in Three movements, and it's a tradition that continues with a UK premiere by Thomas Adès, a composer whose still young career has already brought his distinctive and important compositional voice to bear in the fields of chamber, concerto and opera. Polaris was written for the opening of Frank Gehry's new concert hall in Miami, a collaboration with video artist Tal Rosner. Two works rich in lush harmonies complete the programme - music from Ravel's Daphnis and Chloe, and Berlioz's song Les nuits d'été, featuring the delightful mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato.
'My attention was seized by the orchestra’s extraordinary sound.' The Telegraph
Music Director Alan Gilbert on touring with the New York Philharmonic
Alan Gilbert on the concert programmes of their International Associate Residency