Alan Gilbert Conducts Scheherazade

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Alan Gilbert conducts the New York Philharmonic (spread throughout the hall) in Kurtag's '...quasi una fantasia...' (Kim Nowacki/WQXR)

New York Philharmonic music director Alan Gilbert conducts this week’s program that focuses on Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. Opening the program is Musorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain. The 19th Century composition, inspired by Russian literary works, was made famous by Rimsky-Korsakov’s edition of the piece.

Gilbert then leads Prokofiev’s Concerto No. 3, one of Prokofiev’s most famous pieces. Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade closes the program. The symphonic suite was based on a collection of folk tales known as the Arabian Nights. The vibrant and dazzling orchestration is considered Rimsky-Korsakov’s best known work.


Program details:

Musorgsky: Night on Bald Mountain

Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3

Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade

Comments [2]

Les from Miami, Florida

Hearing this program was a delight. The Rimsky-Korsakoff orchestration of "A Night on Bald Mountain" left me wanting nothing from the standpoints of articulation, phrasing and dymanics. The bell in D, as specified in the score, was employed at the end of the piece. I felt the same about the performance of the Prokofieff Piano Concerto No. 3. In the last movement (at "listesso tempo" the soloist's accent wasn't as marked as the that in the woodwinds in their repeat of the same phrase. This quibble, for those who favor hearing a stronger accent here, as I do. "Scherazade" showed the Orchestra at its best in the woodwind and brass solos in "Tale of the Kalendar Prince" and in the percussion, which shone even more in the "Festival at Bagdad" movement, especially the cymbals. Concertmaster Dicterow's solos were a joy to hear throughout; and my only quibble about the "Young Prince and the Young Princess" movement is the decision to play the woodwind solos' 32nd note runs in the Phrygian mode with a bit of rubato at the top notes rather than in strict tempo, which I happen to prefer. Those aside, this is another triumph for the Masters of the New York Philharmonic and Maestro Gilbert.

Jul. 28 2013 01:48 PM
Michael Lee from Ithaca, NY

Bravo! You've just got to love Scheherazade, and the solowork on this performance was magnificent.

Jul. 18 2013 09:12 PM

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