Whether joyous, turbulent, or forlorn, the music of Rachmaninov is always powerful. In the liner notes for this recording by the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, the depth of his “Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 44” is perfectly characterized: “Lingering moments of bitter-sweet sadness laced with an almost Shostakovichian irony and fury course through its Indian summer pages. […] Maybe in life Rachmaninov cut a skeletal figure, but his music could not have been more flesh and blood.” Hear this performance and more on this week’s Sunday Symphony.
The Boston Symphony’s first installment of a new series entitled “Under Stalin’s Shadow” features Dmitri Shostakovich’s tenth symphony. Under the direction of newly-appointed music director Andris Nelsons, this series of recordings promises to deliver an intimate look at the fervor and looming majesty of Shostakovich’s music. “I could not live without the music of Shostakovich,” says Nelsons.
Antonín Dvořák wrote his symphony “From the New World” in the first year following his arrival to the United States in 1892. This exquisite composition, at times dark, suspenseful, meditative, or ominous, has caused some to ponder what exactly his impression of America might have been. Unravel this piece and more on this week’s Sunday Symphony.
Tim Page writes in the liner notes to Mahler's 2nd symphony recorded by the New York Philharmonic under Bernstein, that Mahler's 2nd "provides a persuasive and representative summary... with its colorful orchestration, elaborate ambition, confessional qualities, extreme subjectivity and, finally, that unmistakably Mahlerian mixture of the nostalgic and passionate set cheek-by-jowl with ferocious and nightmarish fantasias."
Journey to Whitman's vision of the sea set to music by Ralph Vaughan Williams plus Richard Strauss's suite for Moliere's Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme & Michael Kamen's symphonic poem "The New Moon in the Old Moon's Arms." That's all on today's program, which airs 1 p.m. on KUAF-2 and 7:30 on KUAF 91.3 FM.
With the Artosphere Festival Orchestra of 2015 back in town we thought it would be fun to revisit Artosphere Festival Orchestra 2014 and their concert "Mozart in the Museum." Tune in to this weekend's KUAF Sunday Symphony to catch their riveting performance of Mozart's 41st Symphony, "Jupiter." Also featured this weekend Brahms 4 from the London Philharmonic under Marin Alsop, Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra from the Berlin Philharmonic led by Herbert von Karajan and Charles Ives's Symphony No.
Cesare Beccaria is quoted in the liner notes to Arvo Pärt's four symphony which is dedicated to Los Angeles. He says " ... grace and pardon are all the more necessary as the laws are absurd and the sentences are cruel ..."
Written in 2008, Pärt's tribute to the city of angels is the highlighted symphony in this Sunday's KUAF Sunday Symphony, which airs at 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon on KUAF-2 and 7:30 p.m. on KUAF 91.3 FM.