Alan Gilbert, Lisa Batiashvili, Prokofiev and Il Prigioniero

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

New York Philharmonic music director Alan Gilbert conducts Dallapiccola’s rarely performed serialist opera Il Prigioniero. Bass-baritone Gerald Finley is The Prisoner, and making their debuts with the Philharmonic are soprano Patricia Racette as The Mother, tenor Peter Hoare as The Jailer and Grand Inquisitor, tenor William Ferguson as the First Priest, and baritone Sidney Outlaw as the Second Priest. Also featured is the Collegiate Chorale, led by James Bagwell.

The opening work on the program features violinist Lisa Batiashvili performing Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1.

Program details:

Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 1

Dallapiccola: Il Prigioniero

Comments [3]

Les from Miami, Florida

I have nothing but praise and admiration, not only for Mr. Gilbert for his decision to program "Il Prigioniero", but also for all concerned in learning and presenting so masterful a performance. Although the work is based on three tone rows and the intervals of a second and minor third inform the singing of "Fratello (brother", there is much lyricism in the score, perhaps most evident in the description of the bell of Roelandt tolling the imminent freedom of Flanders and the narration about the children that follows. Gerald Finley and Patricia Racette are superb, as is their Italian. Highest praise goes to the Collegiate Chorale, whose part is in Latin and last but not least to the New York Philharmonic and Alan Gilbert who gave the feeling that they've been performing the work all their lives. I also liked Ms. Batiashvili's performance of the Prokofieff Violin Concerto No. 1 that opened the concert.

Jun. 23 2013 02:14 PM
LES from Washington, DC

Alan Gilbert: Thanks for working in Frankentsein, a very refreshing piece!

Jun. 20 2013 09:57 PM
The Collegiate Chorale

Don't forget about The Collegiate Chorale! We're so excited to be able to share the broadcast of this fantastic performance with all our fans! Thank you!

Jun. 20 2013 05:35 PM

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