Using Werther as a launchpad, tonight's SNO focused on the demands and interpretations of Massenet's heroes and heroines. The program revolved around the notion of finding the right balance between lyricism and power in various interpretations of these quintessential roles of the French rep.
1. Jonas Kaufmann (tenor); Marco Armiliato (conductor); Czech Philharmonic Orchestra.
2. Werther-Rolando Villazon (tenor); Sophie Koch (mezzo); Eri Nakamura (soprano); Auden Iversen (baritone). Antonio Pappano (conductor); Orchestra of the Royal Opera House.
A celebration of Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos, proceeding in a sort of imaginative chronological order: starting with the two suites entitled "The Baby's Family," moving on to the "Children's Carnival" and a series of Brazilian children's folk songs transcribed for solo piano entitled "Practical Guide: A Folkloric Study," and finally ending with the very adult and stomping music of the "Savage Poem."
A celebration of little-known Russian composers who worked mainly towards the beginning of the 20th century, with readings from Osip Mandelstam's "The Noise of Time." Also, happy birthday to Nikolai Medtner, who was born on January 5th, 1880. Please spread the word about these composers and listen to their music.