Brahms Beloved 1: Featuring Symphonies 2 & 4 and Clara Schumann Lieder, sung by Nicole Cabell and Indra Thomas, with the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano, "Giuseppe Verdi"
Brahms Beloved 2: Featuring Symphonies 1 & 3 and Clara Schumann Lieder, sung by Dame Felicity Lott and Woflgang Holzmair, with the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano, "Giuseppe Verdi"
From the Warner Classics release with Glora Campaner and the Filarmonica del Teatro la Fenice.
HOME is Venice or wherever your heart is.....
The Real Orquesta Sinfonica de Sevilla and I explore musically the implications of impending war in the one piece that was Shostakovich’s (and perhaps all of humanity) greatest musical protest against war, totalitarianism, fascism and appeals to a global audience for its humanism and peace. Victory is not in defeating aggression, but in becoming the best of what being human means: that is to love and be loved. That is the ultimate win-win.
The Duke was one of the greatest American composers of the 20th Century. I have championed his music for 25 years and will continue to do so. It is a joy to swing with all orchestras who play this unique tone parallel as it is called. Groovy!
So many millions of people have lost their lives to war and famine. Now with the coronavirus, we face the greatest threat to humanity in our lifetimes. Though many other videos may be more interesting, none are more relevant than the one piece most associated with tragedy and loss. It was performed when JFK was assassinated. It was solace after 9/11. Now I share this performance as a prayer for the victims of Covid-19.
Peace be with you.
Jazz it up with Herbie Hancock and Lang Lang with this extraordinary collaboration which we toured throughout Europe and the USA and recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra on the New York Rhapsody CD for Sony Music.
Start at 9:45....Then you will see what maybe is my most memorable moment. Walking down those famous stairs as, yep, Darth Vader. The concert is spectacular. For all Star Wars and John Williams fans, I encourage you to watch the entire concert. References to Holst, Stravinsky and Korngold and lots of costumed creatures! This is a must see video.
As a student of Leonard Bernstein, I remain one of his strongest advocates, and, like many of my colleagues, I have come of age under the influence of this great man and his music. We make our most meaningful statement with the Symphony 3, Kaddish, with the text of international statesman, Auschwitz survivor and my surrogate father, Samuel Pisar, who was inspired after 9/11 and with whom I premiered his text in 2003 and subsequently performed around the world. This is one of the most moving performances, from Yad Veshem in Jerusalem with the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra. Since his passing, we now perform with his wife, my dear Judith Pisar and his daughter, my dear Leah Pisar. Together we continue to resonate Sam’s words and Bernstein’s celestial music for all to hear and bear witness.