Tonight on aworks Evening Concert, as the clouds clear after a California autumn rain, we'll start with Stephen Yi on Roy Harris:
I had never really given Roy Harris’s music much attention, no particular reason I guess, but today on Rhapsody I put on Roy Harris: Symphonies Nos. 7 & 9, currently listening to Symphony no.7 and am enjoying very much the colors.
We also don't give Harris' music much attention on this show but his Third Symphony deserves all its acclaim.
Then, as a treat, we have the pianist Ursula Oppens playing Carter's Night Fantasies...
No, nothing wrong with the audio. I just couldn't resist playing the last minute of the work three times in a row -- those strong chords and then it trails off into oblivion.
We'll break the mood (and scare off most of our audience) with Autechre's Drone...
Disc one moves from what could be a distant volcano rumbling, to rabid fissures and sparks, to more earthen tumult. Disc two is more sedate, the sort of noise that never seems to get louder, no matter how much one turns up the volume knob.
And for those who came here because of the Autechre, we'll prove orchestral music doesn't have to be legacy music. Stick around when Benny blogs about some David Bowie-inspired symphonies by Philip Glass amid mentions of Hawkwind, Guided by Voices, Taj Mahal and other eclectica:
The 'Heroes Symphony' came four years later and was the New York composer's third release in 1997. 'Heroes' has shorter, swifter pieces than on the more grandiose 'Low' ('Heroes' doubles as a ballet score) and a more tenuous connection to the original songs.
Coming up, by Samuel Barber of Platoon soundtrack fame, the swirling First Essay, also conducted by Neeme Jarvi and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra whom we encountered earlier. Speaking of Detroit, we heard the mayor was re-elected last night but some are hoping he improves his performance. Do we miss Coleman Young? By the way, here's a Cincinnati-based blog about Neeme's conductor son Paavo Jarvi I've been reading.