Haydn Symphony No 49 'La Passione' John Adams The Wound-Dresser Schubert Symphony No 8 'Unfinished' Berg Three Orchestral Pieces
New York Philharmonic Orchestra Alan Gilbert conductor Thomas Hampson baritone
Four works which straddle centuries and styles – from the mid 18th to the late 20th centuries, from Europe to America – provide a richly varied programme to sample the burgeoning relationship between the New York Philharmonic and their young conductor Alan Gilbert.
The programme begins, chronologically, with a dark, Lenten symphony from Haydn's 'Sturm und Drang' works, his Symphony No 49.
'Unfinished' it may be, but the two movements of Schubert's 8th Symphony are among the most revered, powerful and effecting in the orchestral repertoire. Berg's Three Orchestral Pieces is an intriguing and fascinating exploration of the expressive possibilities of the orchestra. Finally, T he Wound-Dresser, for baritone and orchestra, sets a text by Walt Whitman about his experience of nursing soldiers during the American Civil War – in John Adams's hands it becomes a moving statement about human compassion.
part of John Adams Focus
‘Gilbert’s musical pedigree is excellent.’ The New York Times