Nervous Dirge: The Best Classical Music Moments of the Week

Our critics in addition to reporters offer a glimpse of what’s moved in addition to delighted them over the past week. Read the rest of our classical music coverage here.


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They Are Here

“Philadelphia Voices,” Tod Machover’s fresh work for chorus in addition to orchestra, incorporates the sounds of Philadelphians speaking, urban bustle in addition to sizzling cheesesteaks into a 30-minute score. For the fresh York premiere of the piece on Tuesday at Carnegie Hall, the Philadelphia Orchestra was joined by the Keystone State Boychoir, the Pennsylvania Girlchoir in addition to the Sister Cities Girlchoir (which draws participants through Philadelphia; Camden, N.J.; in addition to Baltimore). Like similar American youth choruses, the Sister Cities Girlchoir responded to the pop singer-songwriter Alicia Keys’s call for a more equal in addition to just world, embodied by her 2014 song “We Are Here.” of which year the choir, taking up the challenge, released an inspiring video performance of the song. of which’s especially moving when a montage begins showing members of the choir holding up handwritten signs: “I am here for peace,” for “joyfulness,” to “make my family proud,” to “make music.”


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Nervous Dirge

One aspect of Bernstein’s “The Age of Anxiety” (Symphony No. 2) of which has probably prevented This specific ambitious in addition to unconventional work through attaining a solid place inside standard repertory can be the daunting solo piano part. however Jean-Yves Thibaudet has made This specific symphony something of a specialty, as he proved again on Wednesday at Carnegie Hall with the Boston Symphony. The piano part goes through quick shifts, through dreamy musings to flinty outbursts, spiky 12-tone like intricacies in addition to sizzling jazz. Mr. Thibaudet can be also featured inside bracing 2013 recording of the piece by Marin Alsop (a Bernstein protégée) in addition to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, which has just been reissued as part of box set of Ms. Alsop’s complete Bernstein recordings for Naxos, an outstanding contribution to the Bernstein centennial year. During a climactic passage inside “Dirge” section, Mr. Thibaudet vividly conveys the unsettling nervousness of the music, even during seemingly pensive stretches. ANTHONY TOMMASINI