10 June 2013
Unlocking The Prisoner
"Mr. Gilbert’s deep involvement with Dallapiccola’s astonishing 50-minute opera came through in every moment of the blazing, inspired and beautiful performance he drew from the Philharmonic, which sounded great, and from a riveting cast, led by the superb bass-baritone Gerald Finley in the title role," writes The New York Times of the New York Philharmonic’s performance of Il Prigioniero by Dallapiccola, as part of Gilbert’s Playlist.
The review from the first night of the program (which also features Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1, as played by Lisa Batiashvili) goes on to say that, “This is one of the highlights to date of Mr. Gilbert’s tenure.” You can read the full rundown here, but act fast: We only have one performance of this work left, set for tomorrow night.
(Photo: Chris Lee)
3 June 2013
Fighting the Power
“In a totalitarian regime the individual is powerless. Only by means of music would I be able to express my anger.”
So wrote composer Luigi Dallapiccola,Italy’s largest proponent of 12-tone music, of his protest opera, Il Prigioniero (1944-1948). Performed by the Philharmonic with Gerald Finley, Patricia Racette, and more this week, Il Prigioniero follows the story of a man imprisoned during the Inquisition who, when hopeful of his escape, finds that he’s been duped into believing he is on his way to freedom when he falls into the arms of the Grand Inquisitor himself. The work dramatizes 20th-century totalitarian oppression, a theme with which Dallapiccola was familiar having lived under the Austrian Empire and later under Mussolini.
“Il Prigioniero’s exploration of questions of oppression and rebellion is compelling and powerful, and the musical language is incorporated in a way that works well dramatically,” says Music Director Alan Gilbert, who conducts the work as part of the Philharmonic’s monthlong festival, Gilbert’s Playlist. Don’t miss your chance to experience this powerful work, whose themes and ideas still resonate profoundly today.
20 May 2013
Bustin’ Out All Over
The Orchestra may be back from a three-week tour, but there’s no rest for the wicked as we prepare to launch into our final month of the 2012–13 season. Following next Monday’s Free Annual Memorial Day Concert at The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, we host a slew of guest artists including Wynton Marsalis, Paulo Szot, Megan Hilty, Marin Mazzie, Lisa Batiashvili, Gerald Finley, Patricia Racette, Lionel Bringuier, Leonidas Kavakos, Emanuel Ax, and Sara Mearns. For a full calendar of our June journey, click here.
23 February 2012
The Philharmonic Talk of the Town
From Christopher Rouse, Emanuel Ax, Renée Fleming, and Gerald Finley to Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel, concertos by Carl Neilsen, a Bach festival, and a theatrical rendering of Stravinsky's Petrushka with Doug Fitch, the details of the Philharmonic’s 2012–13 Season have been announced. Here’s what this town — and beyond — are saying:
Philharmonic Announces Its Next Season — Daniel J. Wakin, The New York Times
Rouse Named Next N.Y. Philharmonic Composer-in-Residence — Jennifer Maloney, The Wall Street Journal
New York Philharmonic Announces Artists-in-Residence — Associated Press
Busy season for New York Philharmonic — Ronni Reich, The Star-Ledger
New York Philharmonic Announces New Season’s Schedule — Kim Nowacki, WQXR.org
N.Y. Philharmonic rides “Carousel” — Gordon Cox, Variety
Renee Fleming, Gerald Finley, Rob Fisher Set for New York Philharmonic Season — Brian Scott Lipton, TheaterMania
8 November 2010
Read Matthew Gurewitsch’s New York Times profile of Canadian baritone Gerald Finley, who sings the title role in Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the New York Philharmonic this week. You’ll find out why Peter Sellars calls him a “once-in-a-generation singer who has the danger and allure and sheer integrity to make every villain he plays the hero, and to give every hero he plays depths of darkness that are unimaginable.” You’ll also read of Alan Gilbert’s hopes for an upcoming, ambitious project together.
25 October 2010
Download the latest On the Music Podcast and hear Alan Gilbert as well as bass-baritone Gerald Finley, who describes the “Old Testament fire and brimstone” in the role of Mendelssohn’s Elijah, which he will sing with the New York Philharmonic on November 10-11 and 13 at Avery Fisher Hall. Hear more on Elijah, or subscribe to the free, award-winning Podcast series here.