MoMA's Glenn Lowry: Merging Music and Art

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Glenn Lowry is the director of New York’s Museum of Modern Art, which boasts a collection of more than 150,000 works. Its library and archives represent more than 70,000 artists. A passionate music-lover, Lowry reveals to host Gilbert Kaplan:

— His favorite opera is Mozart’s Don Giovanni.

— That given any spare time, “I’d go to the opera.”

— The “greatest music” is the duet from Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers.

— How musicians and visual artists can inspire each other.

— Risk-taking in reinterpreting classics should be encouraged.

— How Janet Cardiff’s musical sculpture was inspired by Thomas Tallis’ work.

Playlist:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:   Don Giovanni, Overture. Philharmonia Orchestra. Carlo Maria Giulini. EMI 5 67873.

Thomas Tallis:   Spem in alium. The Sixteen. Harry Christophers. CORSACD 16016.

Johannes Brahms:   Piano Concerto No. 1 [excerpt]. New York Philharmonic Orchestra. Leonard Bernstein. Glenn Gould, piano. Sony Classical 60675.

Nick Drake:   “River Man.” Universal-Island 842915.

Richard Wagner:   Tannhäuser, Overture [excerpt]. Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin. Daniel Barenboim. Teldec 8573-88064-2. “O du mein holder Abendstern” [“Song to the Evening Star”]. Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. James Levine. Bryn Terfel, baritone. Deutsche Grammophon 445866.

George Bizet:   The Pearl Fishers [excerpt]. RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra. Renato Cellini. Jussi Björling, tenor; Robert Merrill, baritone. BMG Classics 7799.