Part of FRM Friday Midday
About This Performance
Stravinsky packed a lot into his short one-movement work (1920) for woodwinds and brass, with different sections using three different but related tempos. Built from Russian folk sources, Symphonies ends with a Chorale composed as a memorial to Claude Debussy.
Intending his Second Piano Concerto to be more audience friendly than the First, Bartók created a work that is among the most difficult concertos to play in the literature, a real finger-buster. And although his goal was to simplify his music, he also wanted to include more counterpoint, so ultimately it became a complex piece. The first movement dazzles, the second begins simply and quietly, then slowly intensifies, and the finale explodes out of the gate. What Yuja Wang can do with this music is beyond comprehension.
Dudamel concludes with Janáček’s Sinfonietta, which begins and ends with especially striking fanfares requiring numerous additional brass instruments. An arrangement of this opening was used by the progressive rock band Emerson, Lake & Palmer for the song “Knife-Edge” on its debut album (1970).
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