The music of Leonard Bernstein has held a particular interest for Gustavo Dudamel. The young music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic has made Bernstein's Mambo a particular calling card for sometime now, as seen in several Youtube videos. This week's broadcast features Bernstein's rarely heard Second Symphony ("Age of Anxiety"). Also on tap is Peter Lieberson's Neruda Songs, written for his late wife, the great mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, are built on five love sonnets by the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. Each represent a different phase of love, from first blush to final parting. The program opens with Carlos Chavez's Toccata for Percussion, featuring six percussionists of the Philharmonic.
Carlos Chavez - Toccata for Percussion
Peter Lieberson - Neruda Songs
Leonard Bernstein - Symphony No. 2, The Age of Anxiety
Conductor: Gustavo Dudamel
Soloists: Kelley O'Connor, mezzo-soprano
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano