Read the rest of our classical music coverage here. Simon Rattle took up the baton on Thursday for his first concert as the new chief conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra. Rattle has championed since his days at the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. In a truly thumping performance, Mr. At 1 minute 48 seconds. Mixing classical composition with pop-world flavors is nothing new.
Philip Glass worked with Linda Ronstadt in the s. The group Happy Place succeeds at fusing experimental rock and chamber music by keeping all the required instrumental skills in-house. Nearly two minutes into the piece, Andrew Smiley joins Will Chapin in playing guitar chords. But a pair of Mr. The cathartic two-guitar attack has the feel of avant-rock, while the astringent harmony recalls experiments by Charles Ives.
What about countless overlooked works by important composers? This piece shows Piston in his elegant American Neo-Classical vein. The first movement is pensive yet episodic; the finale is like a spirited Rondo, though the restrained overall mood somehow comes through. Listen to the passage where the violist Anibal Dos Santos plays one of the most sadly beautiful melodies. Though completed in , the piece did not have its official premiere until , when Thomson conducted it with the New York Philharmonic.
Thomson uses a couple of favorite hymns as themes, often milking the tunes for motivic bits that are spun into intricate passages. At 2 minutes 11 seconds. It is a gem of a work, opening with a fantasia of flurrying 16th notes that echo snowfall.
Though Hensel may have initially intended it for publication, the manuscript was forgotten for nearly years, until it was rediscovered in the s. Listen especially to a remarkable display of vocal gymnastics in which Ms. Hannigan sings against film of herself, jumping from live to film and back, note by note, with uncanny ease and fluidity even when the speed is doubled.
One of my favorites is the love theme for Han Solo and Princess Leia, which is reminiscent of Romantic-era music. One of the Argus players told the audience that Ms.
Those voices, in turn, infuse this piece. Its sketchy-seeming rhythms are based on the rhythms of speech: Stay on top of the latest in pop and jazz with reviews, interviews, podcasts and more from The New York Times music critics.
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