The most essential element of music is also the most mysterious. What makes a grouping of notes stick in your mind and affect your feelings? Please nominate a favorite tune or two - classical, pop, or folk - and we will use members’ examples for the exploration!
The Philharmonic’s two-week splash of Rachmaninov includes the rhapsodic Second Piano Concerto and the riotous Symphonic Dances. Special bonus for our members: a newly discovered private recording, made by the composer himself in 1941, playing, singing, shouting, and stamping to show Eugene Ormandy how he wanted the Dances to go.
Gustavo Dudamel (will he be the NY Phil’s next music director?) leads a complete cycle of Schumann’s four symphonies, each one of which is a treasure. With amazing rehearsal and performance footage from Bernstein, Karajan, and others.
Don Carlosbegins in the public world of religious strife, dynastic formation, the duties of government, and the fate of nations. Then after the climactic auto-da-fé scene it withdraws into an intensely personal world of love, disappointment, betrayal, loss, and renunciation. Verdi’s feelings ran strong in both spheres, here woven together as nowhere else. As we have done recently with Wagner operas, we will work through the music and plot step by step in our first two meetings.