Buffalo Philharmonic Plays Glière and Kanchelli

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Wednesday, May 08, 2013

The Buffalo Philharmonic's Spring for Music program traces a grand arc. Music Director JoAnn Falletta leads the orchestra first in the quiet, ethereal "Morning Prayers" from Giya Kancheli's Life Without Christmas, a work scored for strings, alto flute, piano, electric bass, and the taped sounds of organ and boy soprano. Then the expanded orchestra looks to bring the house down with Reinhold Glière's massive Symphony No. 3.

WQXR's live broadcast starts at 7:30 pm.

AUDIO: Joanne Faletta discusses the Buffalo program:

Program Details:

Giya Kancheli: “Morning Prayers” from Life Without Christmas
Reinhold Glière: Symphony No. 3, Op. 42, “Ilya Muromets”

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
JoAnn Falletta, music director

Comments [11]

Gev Sweeney from Ocean Grove, New Jersey

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra acronym: BuPhilO

Sorry. Couldn't resist.

May. 10 2013 11:08 PM
Sally from Brooklyn, and now from Oakfield from Genesee County, New York

I, too, had the wonderful privilege to attend the pre-Carnegie performance
at Kleinhans, and then to listen in on the live broadcast on WNED radio.
Kudos to the Maestra, and to the entire orchestra! Under JoAnn Falletta's
magnificent and inspiring baton, I not only enjoy fine, fine music, but
together they are a virtual muse and inspire me, once again to
write literature. 'Many thanks, JoAnn! Continue to continue . . . Bravo!!!'

May. 10 2013 01:54 PM
Maria Allen from Westchester, New York

What an evening - what a FANTASTIC ORCHESTRA...Warriors to undertake that piece and what a great impressive feat to bring the whole BUFFALO COMMUNITY to Carnegie Hall!-MA

May. 09 2013 09:39 PM
Louis Blois from Staten Island

Bravo to the Buffalo Philharmonic. A huge thumbs up on this beautifully shaped and executed performance of the Ilya Murometz Symphony. Falletta's loving attention to Gliere's orchestration in all its fantastic detail is every bit matched by her visceral embrace of the music's extravagant drama and sweeping range of moods.

Kudos also to the WQXR sound technicians, who deliver a stereo recording of impeccable balance and clarity. This is concert programming and classical radio at its finest.

I'd look forward to this ensemble's rendition of some of the high profile Myaskovsky symphonies, especially #17.

May. 09 2013 05:08 PM
Kathy of Aragon from New York

Morning Prayers by Giya Kancheli was one of the most perfect pieces of music I've ever heard and I stood frozen, all ears in my kitchen, for as long as it lasted. Wow. And thank you.

May. 09 2013 12:26 PM

A wonderful opportunity to see (and HEAR) Buffalo shine!!! "Joanne Faletta-One of the finest conductors of our time..."

May. 09 2013 12:02 PM
Heather Majer from Hamburg NY

I heard this concert last Fri. here at Kleinhans and was blown away. I enjoyed listening again last night on our local Public Broadcast Station.

I also hope there is a recording released sometime soon.

The opening piece "Life Without
Christmas" is also a glorious piece of music. Thank you BPO

May. 09 2013 09:35 AM
Hanford Searl Jr. from Buffalo, NY

... So proud of our Bflo. Philharmonic Orchestra (BPO) playing in Carnegie Hall right now! Wish I was there, cheering them on with my fellow, 1,500 BPO fans.

- Have performed with thee BPO several times, singing with the Westminster Presbyterian Church Choir & Bflo. Gay Men's Chorus at Kleinhans Music Hall here in Bflo., NY! BPO Music Director JoAnn Falletta was so gracious & welcoming of the BGMC when we sang with them. 70-voices strong singing two selections!

... Our WPC Choir supplemented thee BPO Chorus with amazing guest soloist Jessye Norman! She'd just performed in Paris, France. This experience also was transforming!

- And, I've actually been to Carnegie Hall, as thee guest of entertainer/long-time friend Pia Zadora. She performed to a near full house in '86 with former Frank Sinatra Musical Director Vincent Falcone & a full orchestra! Another magical night, made even more memorable with my now late mother.

... Congrats BPO! You sound-GREAT-on both WNED-FM Bflo. & WQXR NY's web-site. Play ON!

May. 08 2013 07:57 PM
Stephen Gould from Long Island

Anyone who's not encountered "Ilya Murometz" is in for a treat - it is an absolutely fabulous work, a late Romantic masterpiece and one of the finest examples of programme music ever composed.

May. 08 2013 09:44 AM
Ed Schweibacher

According to a performance record available online, this will be the first performance of the work at Carnegie since Dutoit and the Montreal brought it to NYC in the shadow of 9/11. In a manner similar to the BPO, the Montreal performed it on October 23 & 24 in Montreal, then after a break of 3 days, presented it in NYC on 10/28/2001.


May. 05 2013 11:33 PM
Senta Gliere, Kirill Novosselski from Moscow, Russia

We'll be listening to the broadcast very attentively (though it starts 3 am our time), because 'Ilya Murometz' Symphony is one of our favorite compositions by our ancestor. We hope that the recording will be available some time after the presentation.
We hope other classical music fans will enjoy that big piece by Gliere with us!

Apr. 29 2013 04:08 PM

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