After all this music, maybe a hike?
Three Concerts in One Day! Twelve pieces, including two one-act operas: 6 1/2 hours of music.
Here’s what we heard:
Fantasia for String Trio …Irving Fine
Ten Miniatures for Solo Piano … Helen Grime
Circles … Luciano Berio
Piece pour piano et quatuor de cordes … Oliver Messiaen
Since Brass, nor Stone … Alexander Goehr
Design School … Michael Gandolfi
2:30 PM (BSO in the Shed)
An American in Paris … George Gershwin
Seven Studies on Themes of Paul Klee … Gunther Schuller
Prelude, Fugue, and Riffs … Leonard Bernstein
Piano Concerto in F … George Gershwin
8 PM Two one-act operas
Full Moon in March … John Harbison
Where the Wild Things Are … Oliver Knussen
Christian’s Top Three
Knussen – a momentous experience to hear this live!
Fine – Beautiful performance. Makes me want to know his work better.
Schuller – His best piece: hands down.
Kay’s Top Three
Knussen – I loved how he evoked the different locations & moods — and the barbershop quartet near the end!
Gershwin – An American in Paris – It transports me to Paris every time I hear it. It was stunning to hear it played so beautifully by the BSO (in terrific seats!)
Messiaen – Unexpected sound qualities from the instruments – hearing a piano quintet played in such an exciting, colorful, and fresh way.
We both also enjoyed Helen Grime’s music a great deal. She’s a special talent – keep an eye out for her!
Tomorrow – Elliott Carter premiere!