Hurray for the Home Team

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Monday, June 28, 2010

As a New Yorker, I must admit I am horribly lax about going to see orchestra concerts by the “home team” New York Phil. Perhaps I was unmotivated by the lackluster programming of the aughts, perhaps it was the… well, really, it was basically just that.

Anyway, color me impressed that the Phil under Gilbert (Philbert?) seems to be in full, exciting swing these days! Le Grand Macabre certainly seemed the place to be, and this CONTACT! series is, well, at least a good start. All of this got me wondering: what are the great works of the 20th and 21st centuries that were commissioned by the home team?

Turns out, the list of commissions and premieres is kind of great: Berio Sinfonia! Stravinksy Symphony in 3 Movements! Not to mention Sofia Gubaidulina’s concerto for not one but two violas and symphony orchestra. The list goes on!

Join me this week, as we rediscover works that were born right here in New York. I think the Philbert is on the right path, keep going, Philbert! What do you think? What do you want to hear at Lincoln Center?

Hosted by:

Nadia Sirota
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Comments [1]

Michael Allman from Los Angeles

Hi Nadia,

I don't have anything to say about this week's theme except that I've enjoyed the music this week as I always do. Anyway, I don't live in New York so I have no idea what's going on with the NY Phil.

I'd like to make a request. (First off, you need some kind of contact form or something.) Can you play Kosmogonia by Penderecki? There are no digital recordings available, only an old out-of-print LP.

I'd like to hear other music of a similar sound, too. I don't think we've heard much of this 60's avant-garde.

Thanks so much for your show. I really discover a trove of great new music thanks to you.

Cheers.

Jul. 02 2010 03:21 AM

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