Dinner Party

Dinner Party

Some diners prefer full-course meals; others like a-la-carte choices. Some like spice, while others like it sweet. Here’s a musical tasting menu, for any artistic palate.

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Dinner Party
  • Joshua Bell Plays Mozart

    Superstar Joshua Bell is the soloist in Mozart’s most popular violin concerto, nicknamed Turkish for its evocation of Janissary drums, featuring Bell’s own cadenza. Music Director Jaap van Zweden conducts this concert, which includes Gabrieli’s glorious music for brass and one of Tchaikovsky’s lu...

  • Itzhak Perlman Plays Mendelssohn

    Itzhak Perlman performs Mendelssohn’s beloved Violin Concerto in this classic 1982 performance.

    MENDELSSOHN (1809–47)
    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 64 (1844)
    1. Allegro molto appassionato
    2. Andante
    3. Allegretto ma non troppo — Allegro molto vivace
    (The movements are played withou...

  • Zubin Mehta Conducts Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony

    In this 1982 performance, then Music Director Zubin Mehta leads the Philharmonic in Mozart’s final symphony, a work that combines grandeur and serenity through a thematic richness that represents the height of Mozart’s achievement.

    MOZART (1756–91)
    Symphony No. 41 in C major, K.551, Jupiter (1...

  • Zubin Mehta Conducts Strauss’s Don Juan

    Richard Strauss finished this tone poem at the age of 25, establishing himself as a master of the form and an innovator who had synthesized his own musical style. This performance from 1982 is conducted by then Music Director Zubin Mehta.

    R. STRAUSS (1864–1949)
    Don Juan, Tone Poem after Nikolau...

  • Emanuel Ax Performs Beethoven

    Emanuel Ax solos in Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto — a work of spirit and elegance. Kurt Masur, the Philharmonic’s Music Director at the time, conducts this 1994 performance.

    BEETHOVEN (1770–1827)
    Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15 (ca. 1795 / 1800)
    1. Allegro con brio
    2. Largo
    3. R...

  • Bronfman Plays Shostakovich

    Music Director Jaap van Zweden conducts Walker’s Lyric for Strings, composed in memory of his grandmother, an escaped slave, and Mozart’s intimate yet epic Gran partita. The formidable Yefim Bronfman joins Principal Trumpet Christopher Martin in Shostakovich’s uncharacteristically optimistic conc...