Jul 8, 2022, 8:00pm EDT
Program Notes & Works
Bernstein wrote Opening Prayer for a gala concert celebrating the reopening of the main auditorium of Carnegie Hall on December 15, 1986. The composer led the New York Philharmonic and baritone Kurt Ollmann in the first performance.
Piano Concerto No. 1
For all his self-assurance at the piano, Franz Liszt was insecure as a composer. He would rework old compositions repeatedly, often at the dubious advice of random acquaintances. Many of his compositions went through stages of creation and exist in two different “finished” forms.
The Rite of Spring
With his third ballet, Le Sacre du printemps, Stravinsky secured his place as the foremost composer of his day. He took two years to prepare his daring score, following a vision the composer had in 1911 of a young girl in pagan Russia, dancing herself to a ritual death surrounded by village elders.