Jaap van Zweden Conducts
“Jaap van Zweden Conducts Wagenaar and Beethoven” was released for National Syndication on November 17 and will be featured on numerous classical radio stations across the United States. The episode hosted by Alec Baldwin is also available on the NY Phil Plays On overview page and SoundCloud. The episode showcases Dutch composer Johan Wagenaar’s Cyrano de Bergerac Overture and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 performed by the renowned New York Philharmonic.
With a heroic and romantic flair that one often finds in Wagner and Strauss, Johan Wagenaar’s Cyrano de Bergerac Overture explores the various traits of the title character from Edmon Rostand’s play . We then hear Beethoven’s thunderous Fifth Symphony, a work that appeared on the Philharmonic’s first program as well as on its first commercial recording with Music Director Jaap van Zweden.
WAGENAAR: Cyrano de Bergerac Overture
Program notes: archives.nyphil.org/index.php/artif…page/2/mode/2up
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 5
Program notes: archives.nyphil.org/index.php/artif…page/8/mode/2up
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Conductor Jaap van Zweden has become an international presence on three continents over the past decade. The 2020-2021 season marks his third season as the 26th Music Director of the New York Philharmonic. He continues as Music Director of the Hong Kong Philharmonic, a post he has held since 2012. Guest engagements this season include the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, San Francisco Symphony, and Dallas Symphony Orchestra, where he is Conductor Laureate. He has appeared as guest conductor with many other leading orchestras around the globe, among them the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Orchestre national de France, and London Symphony Orchestra.
Jaap van Zweden has made numerous acclaimed recordings. In February 2019 Decca Gold released his live New York Philharmonic performances of Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du printemps and Debussy’s La Mer, continuing the Philharmonic’s partnership with Universal Music Group’s newly established US classical music label. In 2018 he completed a four year project with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, conducting the first-ever performances in Hong Kong of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, which have been recorded and released on Naxos Records. His highly praised performances of Lohengrin, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, and Parsifal — the last of which earned him the prestigious Edison Award for Best Opera Recording in 2012 — are available on CD and DVD.
Born in Amsterdam, Jaap van Zweden was appointed at age 19 as the youngest-ever concertmaster of Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. He began his conducting career almost 20 years later, in 1996. He remains Honorary Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, where he was Chief Conductor from 2005 to 2013, served as Chief Conductor of the Royal Flanders Orchestra from 2008 to 2011, and was Music Director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra from 2008 to 2018. Jaap van Zweden was named Musical America’s 2012 Conductor of the Year and was the subject of a 60 Minutes profile on CBS in October 2018.
In 1997 Jaap van Zweden and his wife, Aaltje, established the Papageno Foundation to support families of children with autism. The Foundation has grown into a multifaceted organization that focuses on the development of children and young adults with autism. The Foundation provides in-home music therapy through a national network of qualified music therapists in The Netherlands; opened the Papageno House in 2015 (with Her Majesty Queen Maxima in attendance) for young adults with autism to live, work, and participate in the community; created a research center at the Papageno House for early diagnosis and treatment of autism and for analyzing the effects of music therapy on autism; develops funding opportunities to support autism programs; and, most recently, launched the app TEAMPapageno, which allows children with autism to communicate with each other through music composition.
The New York Philharmonic is the oldest symphony orchestra in the United States, and one of the oldest in the world. The orchestra plays a leading cultural role in New York City, the United States, and the world.
Each season the Orchestra connects with up to 50 million music lovers through live concerts in New York and around the world; international broadcasts on television, radio, and online; recordings; and education programs. Jaap van Zweden began his tenure as the 26th Music Director of the New York Philharmonic in the 2018–19 season. In 2019–20 he and the Philharmonic reaffirmed their vital commitments to serving as New York’s orchestra and to championing new music. Maestro van Zweden conducted repertoire ranging from four World Premieres — by Philip Glass, Tania León, Ellen Reid, and Nina C. Young — to symphonic cornerstones. He also presided over Project 19, marking the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment with commissions by 19 women composers, and Mahler’s New York: A Digital Festival, examining the composer / conductor who spent time in New York as the Philharmonic’s tenth Music Director. Other highlights include a new production of Schoenberg’s Erwartung and Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle and Jaap van Zweden’s first Young People’s Concert. Jaap van Zweden succeeds musical leaders including Alan Gilbert (2009–17); Lorin Maazel (2002–09); Kurt Masur (Music Director 1991–2002; named Music Director Emeritus in 2002); Zubin Mehta (1978–91); Pierre Boulez (1971–77); Leonard Bernstein (appointed Music Director in 1958; named Laureate Conductor in 1969); Arturo Toscanini (1928–36); and Gustav Mahler (1909–11).