The press described Joyce DiDonato’s Philharmonic debut in Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust as “ravishingly nuanced” and “angelic”. Now the charming singer can be experienced as a Berlioz interpreter again when she addresses the delicate expressivity of the cantata La Mort de Cléopâtre. Conductor Ludovic Morlot, who steps in for Yannick Nézet-Séguin, will also present Ravel’s delightful suite Ma Mère l’OyeStravinsky’s revolutionary ballet music The Firebird.
Antonín Dvořák’s Ninth Symphony, composed in New York, presents itself as colourful, yearning, with a somewhat exotic touch – an inspired fusion of American impressions and symphonic music. In an exciting juxtaposition, Gustavo Dudamel will also conduct John Adams’s City Noir. Here too there is a fascinating mixture of styles, this time between classical music and jazz of the 1940s and 1950s.
The French horn is closely associated with the expressive world of the Romantic period due to its warm and mysterious sound. One of the outstanding players of this instrument is Stefan Dohr, principal horn with the Berliner Philharmoniker since 1993, who you can get to know in this short portrait from the series the Berliner Philharmoniker and their Instruments.