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?