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First premiere of NY Phil’s Women’s commissioning Project 19

Jaap van Zweden conducts Tread Softly © Steven Pisano for Bachtrack

The satisfying kick-off to the New York Philharmonic’s Project 19 women’s commissioning project shared a bill with a disappointing Haydn cello concerto and a rewarding Mozart Mass.

***11
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New York Philharmonic shines in a concert performance of Die Walküre

Simon O'Neill © Askonas Holt
New York Philharmonic, under the strong leadership of its incoming music director, demonstrated that they can perform opera as well as symphonies in an impressive performance of Act 1 of Die Walküre.
***11
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Beethovenian japes and sleepy Berlioz

Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic perform Absolute Jest © Chris Lee
Absolute Jest sounds like perfect fare for an April Fool's Day concert. John Adams quotes Beethoven in many guises in his jolly work for string quartet and orchestra. 
***11
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When is Tragic a triumph?

A near flawless performance by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra capturing the soul of Brahms and Schumann. A fitting tribute on Brahms' birthday.
*****
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For Alan Gilbert, the End of Time suggests what may be to come

What’s next for the outgoing Music Director of the New York Philharmonic? It’s unclear. But this program reflected both his legacy and the gifts he will carry down the road.
*****
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