13 November 2013
The Christopher Rouse Oboe Concerto is such a beautiful piece! @nyphil
13 November 2013
Strauss, Elvis; Elvis, Strauss
Apologies in advance. Other pop artists who’ve sampled “Also sprach Zarathustra”: Björk, David Bowie, Deep Purple, (“River Deep, Mountain High”). You will not hear them here this week. You will hear the real deal.
12 November 2013
Oboe Nerds, Unite!
And consider the content of this post, which is two-fold:
A video with Philharmonic Principal Oboe Liang Wang discussing the Christopher Rouse Oboe Concerto, which he performs with the Philharmonic November 14–19. Look at him. Guy means business.
This quote from Rouse, on his concerto:
“Unlike some of my other concerti, there is no overt program to this piece. It aims, of course, to explore the capabilities of the oboe, of which the first in everyone’s mind is its capacity to play long, lyrical lines. However, to compose a score that would only concern itself with this aspect of the oboe would be to deny the instrument’s more virtuosic attributes, and so there are plenty of moments when the soloist is asked to play music requiring substantial agility. Notwithstanding the fast — sometimes extremely fast — music that abounds in the work, I feel that there is an overall feeling of coloristic romanticism in the concerto, especially in the central slow movement.”
8 November 2013
Where in the World is Alan Gilbert?
Hamburg, Germany, where Alan is conducting the NDR Symphony, which he has served as Principal Guest Conductor since 2004. At the orchestra’s Hamburg home on November 7 and 10 and in Kiel on November 8, Alan and the NDR Symphony reunite(d) for Dvorák’s Violin Concerto, with Frank Peter Zimmerman as soloist, coupled with The Ring Journey, the conductor’s own orchestral arrangement (after Erich Leinsdorf) of music from Wagner’s epic Ring cycle.
7 November 2013
Stephen Colbert Fights Martha Plimpton
…in rehearsal for Sondheim’s Company. Set your DVR, mark your calendar, just watch: our 2011 performance of Company, starring Neil Patrick Harris, airs Friday at 9PM on PBS.
6 November 2013
WQXR’s Month of Mozart
Are you enjoying November, aka WQXR’s “Month of Mozart”? If not, see above and obey. It’s a celebration of the composer who has racked up more recordings than any other (nearly 10,000), created masterpieces in every genre he attempted, and who is sampled by rock stars and rap artists and on movie soundtracks and video games.
There’s a screening of Amadeus with an appearance by F. Murray Abraham at Symphony Space November 9 and Life with Wolfie, a Tumblr page written by Mozart’s stage dad, Leopold chronicling the Mozart Family Tour around Europe and what it’s like to parent a genius.
The festival will culminate in a live broadcast of the New York Philharmonic performing Mozart’s three final symphonies (November 30).
6 November 2013
@nicomuhly tweeted: real talk the @nyphil sounded GREAT last night in Ravel/S.A.PEKKA/Sibelius 5.
5 November 2013
What Do Alan Gilbert and Tom Brady Have in Common?
Talent, practice, hand signals, tempo…. Watch this thoughtful, fun story reported by Wynton Marsalis for CBS This Morning on the similarities between being a top quarterback and a top conductor. Don’t miss the studio banter with Charlie Rose at the end.
4 November 2013
Happy Birthday, Mindy Kaufman
"WHAT WOULD YOU BE IF NOT A MUSICIAN? A ski instructor, but it’s too late for the U.S. Ski Team!”
Read the whole Q&A with Kaufman, a member of the Philharmonic’s flute section and our piccolo. Kaufman was one of several Philharmonic musicians who coached underprivileged music students November 2 at an event hosted by the Harmony Program. Read about it here.