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On January 12, 2010, the orchestra departed for the Vienna Philharmonic Week in New York. For only the second time in the 21-year history of a musical event which has become a fixed point in the musical life of this American metropolis, two conductors shared the conducting responsibilities. Daniel Barenboim on January 15th and 17th, as well as Pierre Boulez on January 16th, placed Arnold Schönberg at the center of this year's concert programming. The first evening opened with Ludwig van Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony, which was followed after the intermission by the Vorspiel and Liebestod from Richard Wagner's "Tristan und Isolde", while Schönberg's "Variations for Orchestra", Op. 31, was performed in conclusion. For an encore, Daniel Barenboim conducted the fast polka "Unter Donner und Blitz", op. 324, by Johann Strauss.
The second concert was in honour of Pierre Boulez in view of his impending 85th birthday on March 26, 2010, which will be celebrated at the 3rd Philharmonic Soirée in Vienna. The first half of the concert was dedicated entirely to Arnold Schönberg. His 2nd Chamber Symphony, op. 38, the premiere of which took place on December 15, 1940, in Carnegie Hall with Fritz Stiedry and the Orchestra of the Friends of New Music, was followed by Daniel Barenboim performing the Piano Concerto, op. 42, which also had had its world premier in New York under the baton of Leopold Stokowski. The second half of the program continued with Anton Webern's "Six Pieces for Orchestra", op. 6, and concluded with the Adagio from Gustav Mahler's 10th Symphony. Daniel Barenboim opened the afternoon concert on January 17th with Schönberg's "Five Pieces for Orchestra", op. 16, followed by the "Notations I - IV and VII of Pierre Boulez. Beethoven's 5th Symphony then provided the conclusion for this year's Vienna Philharmonic Week in New York.
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