Spanish conductor Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos returns to the New York Philharmonic to conduct music from two secular cantatas: selections from Falla's Atlantida, and Orff's complete Carmina burana - which the Orchestra has not performed since 1995 - tonight, May 31, 2012, at 7:30 p.m., Friday, June 1, at 8:00 p.m., and Saturday, June 2, at 8:00 p.m. The international cast that Mr. Fruhbeck has assembled for these performances features American soprano Erin Morley, American tenor Nicholas Phan (in his Philharmonic debut), South African baritone Jacques Imbrailo (debut), the Spanish chorus Orpheo?n Pamplone?s, Igor Ijurra Ferna?ndez, director (debut), and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Dianne Berkun, director.
The program features works by two composers who together reflect both sides of Mr. Fruhbeck's heritage: he was born in Spain, the homeland of Manuel De Falla (whose music is a specialty of this conductor), and his father's family hailed from Germany, where Carl Orff lived. Atlantida explores Spanish national mythologies, while Carmina burana sets 24 medieval poems on eternal subjects such as the fickleness of fate and the pleasures of Spring, food, drink, and lust. Although composed at roughly the same time, these compositions have had very different histories, with Orff's being so popular as to have become a mainstay of film and commercial sound tracks while Falla's is rarely performed - in fact, these concerts mark the first time that the Philharmonic has ever performed music from Atlantida.
Pre-Concert Talks are $7; discounts available for multiple concerts, students, and groups. They take place one hour before each performance in the Helen Hull Room, unless otherwise noted. Attendance is limited to 90 people. Information: nyphil.org or (212) 875-5656.
Violinist and violist David Wallace, a faculty member of The Juilliard School and a Senior Teaching Artist at the New York Philharmonic, will introduce the program.
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A regular guest with North America's top orchestras, Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos is returning to the New York Philharmonic for the fourth time since 2005. This season he also conducts the Cincinnati, Boston, Pittsburgh, St. Louis and Montreal symphony orchestras, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He appears regularly with the National, Chicago, and Toronto symphony orchestras, and at the Tanglewood Music Festival.
Born in Burgos, Spain, in 1933, Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos studied violin, piano, music theory, and composition at the conservatories in Bilbao and Madrid, and conducting at Munich's Hochschule fu?r Musik, where he graduated summa cum laude and was awarded the Richard Strauss Prize. From 2004 to 2011 he was chief conductor and artistic director of the Dresden Philharmonic, and in the 2012–13 season will begin his post as chief conductor of the Danish National Orchestra.
Mr. Fruhbeck has toured extensively with such ensembles as the Philharmonia of London, London Symphony Orchestra, National Orchestra of Madrid, and Swedish Radio Orchestra. He has toured North America with the Vienna Symphony, Spanish National Orchestra, and Dresden Philharmonic. He has recorded extensively for EMI, Decca, Deutsche Gramophone, Spanish Columbia, and Orfeo. Several of his recordings are considered to be classics, including his interpretations of Mendelssohn's Elijah and St. Paul, Mozart's Requiem, Orff's Carmina burana, Bizet's Carmen, and the complete works of Manual de Falla.