From its iconic opening (famously used by Stanley Kubrick in 2001: A Space Odyssey) to its concluding chord evoking the mysteries of the universe, Strauss’s tone poem based on Nietzsche’s book of the same title is one of the composer’s best-known works.
Described by the composer as representing the inexorable power of fate, this symphony remains one of Tchaikovsky’s most forceful, fiery statements. This 2008 performance is conducted by then Music Director Lorin Maazel.
Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36 (1877)
Romance and Response with Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich
Lorin Maazel’s final Philharmonic appearance features Tchaikovsky's searingly romantic Romeo and Juliet, Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5, and a collaboration with Jennifer Koh as the soloist for Lutosławski’s Chain 2.
Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy (1869; rev. 1870 and 1...
Acclaimed Bruckner interpreter Jaap van Zweden conducts the monumental Eighth Symphony and premieres a piece created to introduce it: Conrad Tao’s Everything Must Go, a “sound mass undergoing various transformations,” according to its young composer, thick with swirling strings and demonic erupti...
Music Director Jaap van Zweden leads the epic Fifth Symphony by his predecessor, Gustav Mahler. This five-movement symphonic tour de force encompasses intense passion, demonic energy, and breathtaking radiance.
Symphony No. 5 (1901–02)
1. Trauermarsch: in gemessenem ...
This program reflects music’s ability to speak to harmony, unity, and shared humanity. Philharmonic musicians are joined by colleagues from around the world for Mahler’s epic Seventh Symphony, an evocation of the Romantic tradition through exquisite nocturnal nature-music.