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BSO Encore Performances from TanglewoodMozart and Mahler

BSO Encore Performances from Tanglewood
Mozart and Mahler

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Hosted by Jamie Bernstein

This warm and engaging August 17, 2013, program, led by BSO Conductor Emeritus Bernard Haitink, features the German violinist Isabelle Faust in Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5, nicknamed “Turkish” for the fiery music in its finale. Mozart wrote all five of his violin concertos in the mid-1770s, when he was in his late teens. Gustav Mahler’s Fourth Symphony is the last of the trio of symphonies with vocal movements using texts from the German folk poetry collection Des Knaben Wunderhorn (“The Boy’s Magic Horn”). By far Mahler’s most gregarious symphony, the Fourth bursts with gorgeous melody and concludes with a setting for soprano and orchestra of the Wunderhorn text “Life in Heaven.”

Featured Performers

Jamie Bernstein, host
Jamie Bernstein, host View biography in full page >

Jamie Bernstein is a writer, narrator, broadcaster and film maker who has transformed a lifetime of loving music into a career of sharing her knowledge and excitement with others. 

Inspired by her father Leonard Bernstein's lifelong impulse to share and teach, Jamie has devised multiple ways of communicating her own excitement about orchestral music. Beginning 15 years ago with "The Bernstein Beat," a family concert about her father's music modeled after his own groundbreaking Young People's Concerts, Jamie has gone on to design, write and narrate concerts for worldwide audiences of all ages about the music of Mozart, Copland, Stravinsky and many others. Jamie creates and narrates two educational concerts a year with the New World Symphony in Miami; these engaging, informal "Discovery Concerts" are specially designed to attract audiences of all ages who are less familiar with concertgoing. 

Jamie travels the world as a concert narrator, appearing everywhere from Beijing to London to Vancouver. A frequent speaker on musical topics, Jamie has presented talks around the world, from conferences in Japan to seminars at Harvard University. In Spanish-speaking locations such as Madrid and Caracas, Jamie narrates en español - thanks to her Chilean-born mother, Felicia Montealegre, who raised her children to be bilingual.

In her role as a broadcaster, Jamie has produced and hosted shows for radio stations in the United States and Great Britain. She has presented the New York Philharmonic's live national radio broadcasts, as well as live broadcasts from Tanglewood. 

Jamie is the co-director of a film documentary, Crescendo: the Power of Music --  which focuses on children in struggling urban communities who participate in youth orchestra programs for social transformation inspired by Venezuela's groundbreaking El Sistema movement. The film has won numerous prizes on the festival circuit, and is now viewable on Netflix. More about Crescendo: the Power of Music can be found at crescendofilmdoc.com

Jamie has also directed her father's chamber opera, Trouble in Tahiti, in various locations around the country, including the Moab Music Festival and Festival del Sole in Napa, CA.

Jamie is currently at work on a memoir, title to be announced, which will be published by HarperCollins in the spring of 2018, when her father's centennial celebrations will be well under way around the world. Jamie and her siblings, Alexander and Nina, will be racking up unprecedented mileage points!

Jamie also writes articles and poetry, which have appeared in such publications as Symphony, DoubleTake, Gourmet, Opera News, and Musical America. She also edits "Prelude, Fugue & Riffs," a newsletter about issues and events pertaining to her father's legacy.

Jamie Bernstein, host Bernard Haitink, conductor
Bernard Haitink, conductor View biography in full page >

Bernard Haitink's conducting career began 60 years ago with the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra in his native Holland.   He went on to be Chief Conductor of the Concertgebouw Orchestra for 27 years, as well as Music Director of Glyndebourne Festival Opera, The Royal Opera, Covent Garden, and Principal Conductor of the London Philharmonic, the Staatskapelle Dresden and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.  He is Patron of the Radio Philharmonic, and Conductor Emeritus of the Boston Symphony, as well as an honorary member of both the Berlin Philharmonic and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.

The 2014/15 season began with an anniversary concert with the Radio Philharmonic in the Concertgebouw, and will include return visits to the Symphony Orchestra of the Bayerischer Rundfunk, opening their season with the Missa Solemnis, four programmes with the London Symphony Orchestra in London, Madrid and Paris, and the conclusion of a Brahms cycle with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe in Amsterdam and Paris.  He also conducts the Berlin Philharmonic in the Baden-Baden Easter Festival, and revisits the Chicago and Boston Symphony Orchestras.

He is committed to the development of young musical talent, and gives an annual Conducting Masterclass at the Lucerne Easter Festival.  This season in addition he gives conducting classes to students of the Hochschule der Kunst, Zurich in collaboration with the Musikkollegium Winterthur, and a workshop with students from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in conjunction with players from the London Symphony Orchestra. 

Bernard Haitink has an extensive discography for Phillips, Decca and EMI, as well as the many new live recording labels established by orchestras themselves in recent years, such as the London Symphony, Chicago Symphony and Bayerischer Rundfunk.  He has received many awards and honours in recognition of his services to music, including several honorary doctorates, an honorary Knighthood and Companion of Honour in the United Kingdom, and the House Order of Orange-Nassau in the Netherlands.

Bernard Haitink, conductor
Isabelle Faust, violin
Isabelle Faust, violin View biography in full page >

Isabelle Faust captivates her listeners both with an interpretation based on a thorough knowledge of the historical context of the works she performs, as well as with faithful renditions based on current scholarship. 

After winning the prestigious Leopold Mozart and Paganini competitions at an early age, she was soon invited to appear with the world's leading orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo.

Isabelle Faust performs repertoire ranging from the works of J. S. Bach to contemporary composers such as Ligeti, Lachenmann, and Widmann. Always exploring new musical horizons, she is equally at home as a chamber musician or as a soloist with major orchestras or period ensembles. In addition to the great symphonic violin concertos, Isabelle Faust also performs such works as György Kurtág's "Kafka Fragments" with the soprano Christine Schäfer, or Johannes Brahms' and W.A. Mozart's clarinet quintets on historical instruments with her chamber music colleagues.

Over the course of her career, Isabelle Faust has had the opportunity to regularly perform or record with such conductors as Frans Brüggen, Mariss Jansons, Giovanni Antonini, Philippe Herreweghe, Daniel Harding and Bernard Haitink. 

She developed a particularly close relationship with Claudio Abbado in the past years. She performed under his baton in multiple countries and recorded the Beethoven and Alban Berg violin concertos with the Orchestra Mozart (harmonia mundi). This recording received several awards, such as the "Diapason d'or", an "Echo Klassik", the "Gramophone Award 2012" and the Japanese "Record Academy Award".

She has made several recordings for harmonia mundi with her recital partner Alexander Melnikov, including the complete Beethoven Sonatas for Piano and Violin. This recording was awarded the Diapason d'Or and the Gramophone Award. Her CDs of J.S. Bach's Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin won a Diapason d'Or de l'Annee in 2010. 

Isabelle Faust plays the 'Sleeping Beauty' Stradivarius (1704), kindly loaned to her by the L-Bank Baden-Württemberg.

Isabelle Faust, violin Camilla Tilling, soprano
Camilla Tilling, soprano View biography in full page >

A winning combination of beautiful voice and musical versatility has played no small part in sustaining Camilla Tilling's top flight career which has now spanned almost two decades. An acclaimed early debut at New York City Opera launched her career on an international trajectory which has since seen performances on the world's major opera, concert and recital stages while simultaneously building an impressive discography.

A successful debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier) was the start of an ongoing relationship which has seen her return to London as Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Dorinda (Orlando), Oscar (Un ballo in maschera), Arminda (La finta giardiniera), Gretel (Hansel und Gretel) and most recently as Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro). Camilla Tilling has appeared at The Metropolitan Opera as both Zerlina (Don Giovanni) and Nannetta (Falstaff), at Opéra national de Paris and Teatro alla Scala as Ilia (Idomeneo), at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Moscow's Bolshoi Theatre, La Monnaie and the Munich Opera Festival as Sophie, at San Francisco Opera, Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, Bayerische Staatsoper and Opéra national de Paris as Susanna and, last season, at Drottningholms Slottsteater in a role debut as Contessa (Le nozze di Figaro). With the vocal flexibility to embrace diverse repertoire, Camilla Tilling has also enjoyed success as the Governess (The Turn of the Screw) at the Glyndebourne Festival, Euridice (Orfeo ed Euridice) at Salzburg Mozartwoche, Donna Clara (Der Zwerg) at Bayerische Staatsoper, l'Ange (Saint François d'Assise) at Dutch National Opera, and Mélisande (Pelléas et Mélisande) at Madrid's Teatro Real, at Semperoper Dresden and with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

A highly regarded concert performer, Camilla Tilling is a regular guest with many of the world's leading orchestras. Recent concert highlights include Bach's Matthäus-Passion with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle, Schumann's Faustszenen with NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester under Thomas Hengelbrock, Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem with both the New York Philharmonic under Christoph von Dohnányi and with the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich under Bernard Haitink, Dutilleux' Correspondances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Esa-Pekka Salonen, Bach's Mass in B minor with the Wiener Symphoniker under Philippe Jordan, and Sieben frühe Lieder with Sydney Symphony Orchestra under von Dohnányi, with Orchestre National de France under Daniele Gatti and with the London Symphony Orchestra under François-Xavier Roth.

In addition to a house debut at Royal Swedish Opera as Countess Almaviva, Camilla Tilling's current season includes Mahler's Symphony No.4 with Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle, Beethoven's Missa Solemnis at Teatro alla Scala with Bernard Haitink and also with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra under Michael Tilson-Thomas, and she returns to the USA to sing Ein deutsches Requiem with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Andris Nelsons and Beethoven's Symphony No.9with the New York Philharmonic under Alan Gilbert. 

Among Camilla Tilling's many recordings are three recital discs with Paul Rivinius on the BIS label: the most recent, I Skogen released in July 2015, being a celebration of Nordic composers. She appears on Die Schöpfung with Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks under Bernard Haitink, Handel's La resurrezione with Le Concert d'Astree and Emmanuelle Haim, and she performs the role of Ilia (Idomeneo) on DVD from Teatro alla Scala conducted by Daniel Harding.

Camilla Tilling, soprano
Program Notes Audio
MOZART - Violin Concerto No. 5 in A, K.219
MAHLER - Symphony No. 4 (58 min)
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