New York books Dudamel for Schumann cycle

New York books Dudamel for Schumann cycle


norman lebrecht

June 15, 2021

Among many refreshing surprises in the New York Philharmonic new season, Gustavo Dudamel has been asked to conduct Schuman symphonies paired with new works that focus on the state of the Schumann marriage.

Jaap Van Zweden is front and centre throughout the season.He will premiere works by Joan Tower, Sarah Kirkland Snider, Joel Thompson, Gregory Spears, Nico Muhly, Hannah Kendall and Nina Shekhar. This is a transitional year for the orchestra of waiting to reoccupy its hall. There will be 50 concerts at Alice Tully Hall and 28 at Lincoln Center’s Rose Hall, plus four wayday concerts at Carnegie Hall. Sunday matinees will resume for the first time since 1965.

Among notable debutants are Igor Levit and Sheku Kanneh-Mason.

In all, it’s an adventurous season, one of the most exploratory in living memory.


  • fflambeau says:

    Schumann is “adventurous”? Igor Levit, too, is hardly adventurous and has been around a while.

    By the way, Schumann is spelled with two n’s at the end.

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  • Patrick says:

    Jaap’s not bad after all!