Sir Antonio Pappano and Leif Ove Andsnes make their highly anticipated return to the David Geffen Hall for three performances on 8th, 9th and 10th February, 2018, with the New York Philharmonic.

The British born and New York raised Maestro Pappano makes his first return to the New York Philharmonic since 2010, hot on the heels of his hugely acclaimed debut at Carnegie Hall in November 2017 with the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. The programme climaxes with the Saint Saëns Symphony No. 3 ‘Organ’, which Pappano recorded with the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia last year to critical acclaim:

“A performance that maintains its momentum and punch through to a decidedly epic-sounding conclusion.” – The Guardian

“Pappano masterminds a performance of eager spirit and fresh-faced observation. [His] mastery of the long, singing line is especially evident in the slow movement, and his shrewd refusal to press ahead too recklessly in the early stages of the finale makes all the more giddily effective that thrilling burst of energy that accompanies the accelerando into the exuberant coda.” – Classical Ear

Leif Ove Andsnes, who is the New York Philharmonic’s artist-in-residence for the 2017/18 season, performs Britten’s high-spirited Piano Concerto, in its revised version, which was completed while Britten lived in Brooklyn during the years of the Second World War. Leif Ove performed Britten’s Piano Concerto on his BBC Proms debut in 1992, and this year marks his return to the work for the first time 17 years. Pappano and Andsnes have previously collaborated on a number of occasions, notably for recordings of the Rachmaninov Piano Concertos on EMI with the London Symphony Orchestra (2010) and the Berlin Philharmonic (2005).

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