Juilliard President, Joseph Polisi, reveals the music that changed his life – from Gregorian chants to a popular tango – along with his favorite composers: Mahler and Bartók.
He explains why audiences are rejecting contemporary music, why Juilliard’s technically dazzling students have difficulty developing distinctive musical personalities and why more than 70% of the School’s piano students come from outside the USA.
“Easter.” Gregorian Chant [Excerpts] Monastic Choir of St. Peter's Abbey, Solesmes. Dom Jean Claire, Director. Paraclete Press S.822.
Franz Joseph Haydn Sinfonia Concertante . [Third Movement] NBC Symphony Orchestra. Arturo Toscanini. Robert Bloom, oboe; Mischa Mischakoff, violin; William Polisi, bassoon; Frank Miller, cello.
Béla Bartók Concerto for Orchestra . [Second Movement] New York Philharmonic. Leonard Bernstein. CBS Masterworks MK 44707.
Elliott Carter Eight Etudes and a Fantasy . [“Quitely” and “Intensely”] Michael Faust, flute; Christian Hommel, oboe; David Smeyers, clarinet; Dag Jensen, bassoon. CPO 999 453.
Ralph Vaughan Williams Hugh the Drover, or Love in the Stocks . [Excerpt, Act I] Corydon Orchestra. Matthew Best. Corydon Singers, The New London Children's Choir. Hyperion 22049.
Carlos Gardel Por una Cabeza (“By a Head [of a Horse]”). The Tango Project. “Scent of a Woman” MCA Records. MCAD 10759.
Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 8 . in E-flat major (“Symphony of a Thousand”). [Conclusion, First Movement] London Philharmonic Orchestra. Klaus Tennstedt. EMI Classics 5 72949 2.