Saturday, July 20, 2019

Six Orchestral Music Programs

This relates to a somewhat heated discussion on Twitter, following the publication of Anne Midgette's excellent article about what people really want with classical music institutions. There was a challenge from one of the participants to create some programs of your own.

You might consider these the equivalent of my long-ago Fantasy Opera series.

Concert 1

Salonen, Wing on Wing
Lindberg, Clarinet Concerto
Salonen, Violin Concerto

I presume I don't have to tell you who would conduct that concert.

Concert 2

Carter, Flute Concerto
Stravinsky, L'histoire du soldat
Boulez, sur Incises

Concert 3

Vaughan Williams, Symphony No. 4
Britten, Violin Concerto

Concert 4

Janacek, Sinfonietta
Debussy, Nocturnes
Martinu, Any of the symphonies

Concert 5

Saariaho, Graal Theatre (either version)
Aho, Insect Symphony

Concert 6

Ginastera, Harp Concerto
Berwald, Sinfonie naive


David Bratman said...

I'd go to #3, 4, or 6 like a shot.

I'd avoid #2 at all costs.

Lisa Hirsch said...

sur Incises is beautiful by almost any standard - sounds more like free jazz than serialism. Worth listening to a few minutes of:

sur Incises

Lisa Hirsch said...

I suspect you'd like 1 and 5, also. Ever heard the Lindberg? Wonderful piece!

Geo. said...

Hmm, just 6. Well, here's one possible set:

Schoenberg: Variations for Orchestra
Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Respighi: Metamorphosen Modi XII
Ravel: Bolero

(2; this one's for Philly, to state the obvious)
Barber: Overture to The School for Scandal
Jennifer Higdon: Concerto for Orchestra
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3

Sibelius: Symphony No. 6
Sally Beamish: The Singing
Dvorak: Slavonic Dances, Book II

Charlotte Bray: At the Speed of Stillness
Britten: Piano Concerto
Vaughan Williams: A London Symphony

Haydn: Symphony No. 31
Poulenc: Concert champetre
Stenhammar: Serenade for Orchestra

Ravel: L'heure espagnole
de Falla: The Three-Cornered Hat (complete)

I could come up with a lot more, of course. But those programs would bankrupt any orchestra.

David Bratman said...

I have, and I enjoyed it, and I wouldn't mind hearing it again. It's just not on my "must hear" list.