Paul Lewis, piano
Elena Villalón, soprano
Katherine Beck, mezzo-soprano
Olivia Cosio, mezzo-soprano
Chance Jonas-O’Toole, tenor
Edward Vogel, baritone
William Socolof, bass-baritone
Andris Nelsons, conductor
Gemma New, conductor
Ludwig van Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37
Michael Gandolfi – In America
Recorded August 20, 2017 and July 23, 2018. Hosts: Stefan Asbury with Michael Gandolfi & Dawn Upshaw
Head of the TMC Composition Program Michael Gandolfi was himself a TMC Fellow in 1986, an experience he regards crucial in his development.
In America was commissioned by the TMC and was premiered in 2018 by the TMCO, six Fellows of the Vocal Program, and Conducting Fellow Gemma New (currently Resident Conductor of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra). The aphoristic work draws its texts from figures who Gandolfi calls “patriots…Americans in the truest sense of the word”, among them Mark Twain, Walt Whitman, Martin Luther King Jr., Cesar Chavez, poet Brenda Hillman, and Emma González. Musically, the work traverses territory as diverse as its texts, revealing the influence of Aaron Copland, Latin American music, rock and roll, and even a hint of Richard Strauss. In America’s companion piece on this broadcast features BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons and pianist Paul Lewis in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3, which acknowledges its debt to Mozart while foreshadowing the great “heroic” works to follow.
About the series: Video streamed full-length concerts on Monday evenings of the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra chosen from Tanglewood’s vast archive of recorded performances. Each will be introduced by Stefan Asbury, with guests.
Available August 3, 2020 at 8pm Eastern / 5pm Pacific, through August 10.
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