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Classical music news: New York Philharmonic Orchestra performs record 15,000th concert

May 17, 2010
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By Jacob Stockinger

In case you missed it — a little over a week ago, the New York Philharmonic  Orchestra celebrated its 15,000th concert.

It came during the Stravinsky Festival with celebrated and electrifying Russian conductor Valery Gergiev (below):

It is a record that no other American orchestra comes close to — not surprising given that the New York Philharmonic is the oldest symphony orchestra in the U.S.

The New York Times not only had a story about the event, but also has several music critics recall favorites times they heard the orchestra.

I share critic Anthony Tommasini’s recollections of hearing conductor Leonard Bernstein (below top) and pianist Rudolf Serkin (below bottom) in Beethoven’s “Emperor” Piano Concerto.

That was an event to remember — for a lifetime.

Anyway, here are links to the story about the concert, which has some great history and background:

And the link to the three critics’ recollections:

This isn’t the same dynamic duo. But here is the first and second of the two YouTube videos of Rudolf Serkin playing the first movement of Beethoven’s “Emperor” with Zubin Mehta and the New York Philharmonic (note the great finger and keyboard shots):

Have you ever heard the New York Philharmonic?

What did you hear and what did you think of it?

What was the most memorable New York Philharmonic concert you ever heard?

And which music director-maestro of the New York Philharmonic do you like most: Leonard Bernstein, Zubin Mehta, Pierre Boulez, Alan Gilbert or someone else, maybe even a guest conductor?

The Ear wants to hear.

Posted in Classical music

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