Golden Cockerel (Coq d’Or) revived

Golden Cockerel (Coq d’Or) by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov. New Opera NYC at the Loreto Theater, Sheen Center for Thought & Culture, New York, May 2017.
 

Golden Cockerel (Coq d’Or) is a musical fantasy, composed by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov in 1907 with splashy orchestral colors reminiscent of his Scheherazade. The subject matter surprised me with …

Mahler’s Third, his longest and possibly best symphony

Mahler: Symphony No. 3. Yannick Nézet-Séguin leading the Philadelphia Orchestra, May 2017.
 

Although not frequently performed, Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 is the piece which best exemplifies his life and career. Yannick Nézet-Séguin led a magnificent performance of it during the closing week of the Philadelphia Orchestra’s 2016-17 season.

His Symphony No. 3

Bernstein centennial begins

Leonard Bernstein’s Symphony No. 1 was the major undertaking at the Philadelphia Orchestra’s concerts of May 3, 5 and 6, 2017. Yannick Nézet-Séguin led the piece as a prelude to a year-long celebration of Bernstein’s centenary. (He was born on August 25, 1918.)

Bernstein began writing the piece in the summer of 1939, right after his graduation from Harvard at the …

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