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Alan Gilbert Leads Philadelphia Orchestra in 'Thrilling' Janáček

Alan Gilbert rehearses with The Philadelphia Orchestra

Last week Music Director Alan Gilbert was the guest conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra in a program centered on Janáček's Glagolitic Mass. The rare work was performed alongside Sibelius's Night Ride and Sunrise and Dvořák's The Golden Spinning Wheel. (Rehearsal photo above: Philadelphia Singers)

The Philadelphia Inquirer wrote, "Thursday's performance will likely stand among the more thrilling of the season. ... Gilbert's artistic cool was a good temperamental match [for the Janáček], shaping and building the piece's wild musical paragraphs but never actually taming them."

Superconductor wrote that in the Dvořák, "Mr. Gilbert's experience as an opera conductor served to drive the story forward, with bright orchestra colors coming from the Philadelphia woodwinds and strings, contrasting with wine-dark figures in the brass and a repeated sense of perpetual forward motion throughout."

Read about Gilbert's guest-conducting stint with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra in September.

Alan Gilbert Back in Berlin

Alan Gilbert  

Tonight Music Director Alan Gilbert conducts the Berlin Philharmonic in the first of three evenings of concerts featuring Dvořák's Cello Concerto in B minor and Magnus Lindberg's Kraft.

This is his third trip to Germany this season. He led the Berlin Philharmonic September 12–14, and October 31–November 3 and November 7–9 he conducted the Munich Philharmonic and Hamburg's NDR Symphony, respectively.

Die Welt, in a review of one of the Hamburg concerts, wrote of Gilbert's conducting of his arrangement of excerpts of Wagner's The Ring of the Nibelung:

"Each breakneck run in the violin parts and each delicate woodwind comment was audible, and even the collective brass that usually dominates the Wagnerian sound was instead well-balanced and articulated. Gilbert obviously knew what he wanted.... In the introductory "Ride of the Valkyries," he chiseled the inner structures instead of unleashing an overwhelming barrage of sound. This made it so much more effective when Gilbert gave the musicians free rein….The tonal and technical mastery was deeply impressive."

PHOTOS: Final 2013 Concerts in Vail

The Philharmonic wrapped up its 11th-annual summer residency at Bravo! Vail with three concerts that took audiences from Broadway to outer space, from Finland to the Lincoln Tunnel. Check out highlights from the Orchestra's final days performing in stunning Vail, Colorado, with conductors Bramwell Tovey and Ted Sperling, and Principal Trombone Joseph Alessi, violinist Gil Shaham, and singers Betsy Wolfe and Andrew Samonsky as soloists.

Photos by Chris Lee.

PHOTOS: The Return to Vail

The Philharmonic has traded New York for cooler climes: the Bravo! Vail festival in the heart of Colorado's Rocky Mountains. The Orchestra has already performed three concerts there, and made time for workshops with Very Young Composers of Vail. Check out photos from the residency thus far.

Photos by Zach Mahone Photography.

PHOTOS: Philharmonic Al Fresco

More than 144,000 New Yorkers and visitors gathered in NYC's five boroughs to hear the Philharmonic during the ever-popular Concerts in the Parks, Presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer.

Audiences were rapt for Principal Cello Carter Brey's stirring performances of Dvořák’s Cello Concerto, Alan Gilbert and the Orchestra delivered powerful accounts of Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony, and beautiful sunsets and Bay Fireworks accompanied the New York skyline.

Re-live highlights from the Concerts in the Parks through the Virtual Tour.

Visit with Dvořák in New York

Dvorak Family in New York

Principal Cello Carter Brey plays Dvořák’s Cello Concerto for our Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks programs throughout the five boroughs this week. The work has a direct connection to our fair city, as Dvořák composed the piece here during his tenure as director of the National Conservatory of Music (1892–95). He and his family lived in a townhouse at 327 E. 17th Street, near the conservatory, and a statue in his honor stands in Stuyvesant Square, with the street alongside named Dvořák Place.

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