David Zinman Conducts the National Symphony Orchestra: Brahms, Webern, Schoenberg
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Maestro Christopher Eschenbach and the National Symphony Orchestra pay tribute to composer Richard Strauss with a performance of his 1888 tone poem Don Juan, as well as excerpts from the modernist operas, 1908's Elektra and 1905's hit Salome, based on Oscar Wilde's play. Making her NSO debut is Swedish soprano Iréne Theorin, who impressed critics and audiences alike with her roles in Wagner at the Met. Bass-baritone John Relyea's also appeared at the Met, along with the San Francisco, Seattle, Paris and Munich State Operas, among others. Learn More
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- "David Zinman has a scrupulous but luxurious touch." --<em>The Guardian</em> (London)
<p>Webern: Langsamer Satz, arr. Gerard Schwarz</p>
<p>Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht, Op. 4</p>
<p>Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98 </p>
<p>David Zinman has served as Music Director of the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zurich since 1995. In 1998 he completed a highly successful 13-year tenure as Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Also in 1998, he became Music Director of the Aspen Music Festival and School, where he is also Program Director of the newly formed American Academy of Conducting.
Mr. Zinman's tenures, first in Baltimore and now in Zurich, have been distinguished by his programming of an extraordinarily broad repertoire, his strong commitment to the performance of contemporary music, and his introduction of historically informed performance practice. He has also toured widely with both orchestras in Europe, North America and the Far East, winning consistent critical accolades. Mr. Zinman and the Tonhalle Orchestra have also performed throughout Europe in such music centers as Berlin, Vienna, Frankfurt, London, Munich and Paris. In the recording studio, they have recorded Honneger and Mozart albums to launch a series on the London/Decca label. In addition, Mr. Zinman and the Tonhalle Orchestra have completed an acclaimed Beethoven cycle and a Richard Strauss cycle for Arte Nova.</p> <p>Born in 1936, David Zinman graduated from Oberlin Conservatory and pursued advanced work in composition at the University of Minnesota. Conducting studies at the Boston Symphony's Tanglewood Music Center brought him to the attention of Pierre Monteux, who guided his musical development. Mr. Monteux also gave Mr. Zinman his first important conducting opportunities with the London Symphony Orchestra and at the 1963 Holland Festival, where critics hailed Mr. Zinman as a major conducting discovery.
Mr. Zinman made his American conducting debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1967, and has since led many of the world's leading orchestras.
David Zinman served as Music Director of the Rochester Philharmonic (1974-85), the Rotterdam Philharmonic (1979-82) and the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra (1964-77). As guest conductor, he has also led the Boston Symphony, the Chicago Symphony, the New York Philharmonic and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Mr. Zinman has made regular guest appearances at the Blossom, Hollywood Bowl, Mostly Mozart, Ravinia, Saratoga and Tanglewood music festivals, and was Artistic Director of the Minnesota Orchestra's Viennese Sommerfest from 1994-96. He conducts and records frequently with major European orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Orchestre de Paris, the Concertgebouw Orchestra, the London Symphony, the Royal Philharmonic and the Israel Philharmonic.
David Zinman's extensive discography of more than 80 recordings has earned numerous international honors, including five Grammy awards, two Grand Prix du Disque, two Edison Prizes, the Deutsche Schallplattenpreis and a Gramophone Award. Mr. Zinman is also the 1997 recipient of the prestigious Ditson Award from Columbia University, given in recognition of his exceptional commitment to the performance of works by American composers (many of which he has recorded in a series for Decca's Argo label).</p>
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