Friday, August 24, 2007

Compare and Contrast 4

Or, what a good agent can get you.

San Francisco Symphony Opening Gala:
  • Copland, Fanfare for the Common Man

  • Crawford Seeger, Andante for Strings

  • Adams, Short Ride in a Fast Machine

  • Ravel, Shéhérazade

  • Puccini, “Vissi d’arte” (Tosca), “O mio babbino caro” (Gianni Schicchi)

  • Prokofiev, Scenes from Romeo and Juliet
Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor; Renée Fleming, soprano

Los Angeles Philharmonic Opening Night Gala:
  • Berlioz, "Love Scene" from Romeo and Juliet

  • Ravel, Shéhérazade

  • Boccherini/Berio, Ritirata notturna di Madrid

  • Puccini, “Vissi d’arte” (Tosca), “O mio babbino caro” (Gianni Schicchi)

  • Berlioz, "Ball Scene" from Romeo and Juliet

Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor; Renée Fleming, soprano

True, not the same Romeo and Juliet.


Anonymous said...

OK, but who's Ravel's agent?

Lisa Hirsch said...


That is my cue to mention that the Boston Symphony's opening night gala is an all-Ravel program - they get Susan Graham singing Shéhérazade, imo greatly preferable to Fleming.

Charles T. Downey said...

We will have La Fleming in Washington, too, but at least she will be singing Korngold.

National Symphony Orchestra Opening Ball Concert (September 16, 7 pm):

Suppé - Overture to Poet and Peasant

J. Strauss, Jr. - Emperor Waltz, Op. 437

Liszt - Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major (Peng Peng)

Mozart - Overture to The Marriage of Figaro

Mozart - Exsultate, jubilate, K. 165

Strauss - Feuersnot: Love Music

Korngold - Die Kathrin: "Ich soll ihn niemals, niemals mehr seh'n"

Korngold - Das Wunder der Heliane: "Ich ging zu ihm"

Lisa Hirsch said...

That's a nice program! I like the mix of light and middleweight classics.

I think she just sang the two Korngold arias at the Proms, eh?