Berlin Philharmonic Plays The Rite of Spring

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Sunday, September 15, 2013

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The Berlin Philharmonic, led by Simon Rattle, presents three pillars of the early 20th century symphonic repertoire in this performance from the Lucerne Festival. Schoenberg's Transfigured Night, a lush, evocative work, is presented in its 1943 string orchestra version. Soprano Barbara Hannigan joins the orchestra as a soloist in Berg's Three Fragments from Wozzeck.

Then its on to Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, a specialty of the Philharmonic under Rattle, and a demonstration of this ensemble's virtuosity and flair. Jeff Spurgeon hosts the broadcast.


Program Details (Recorded Aug. 29)

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Simon Rattle, conductor
Barbara Hannigan, soprano

Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951)
Transfigured Night, Op. 4 (second version for string orchestra from 1943)

Alban Berg (1885-1935)
Three Fragments from Wozzeck

Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
The Rite of Spring (1947 Version)

Comments [1]


I don't know why Rattle didn't program Schoenberg's Variations for Orchestra rather than the "safe" (and overly played) Transfigured Night.

Sep. 15 2013 01:15 AM

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