Jan 28, 2022, 1:30pm EST
Program Notes & Works
Three Pieces for Orchestra
Alban Berg's dense, expressionistic Three Pieces for Orchestra, an artistic watershed composed just before the Great War, reflects the anxiety and tension that accompanied the end of the false prosperity of Europe's Belle Époque.
Piano Concerto in D for the left hand
Ravel rightly considered this, his last completed large-scale work, a supreme piece of illusion. Who can tell, just from listening, the nature of the self-imposed restriction under which he completed his commission?
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra
Adès’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra comes from the very heart of the piano genre: it is a “proper” piano concerto of a sort we’ve seen few of since the days of Bartók. Adès’s musical voice suffuses the piece, deploying rigorous craft in the service of musical fluidity and expressiveness.
In La Valse, Ravel’s brilliantly orchestrated score captures the glitter and the violence of a society that, even as he was composing, had passed away.
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