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The Chicago Symphony presents the world premiere of Berhard Rands' work DREAM, Feb 17 (February 2022)


On November 1, 2019 the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, led by Riccardo Muti, gave the world premiere performance of Bernard Rands's DREAM. We'll hear it on the Feb 17th broadcast.

Bernard Rands describes the inspiration behind the work:

"The title DREAM is not intended to suggest a musical evocation of a specific dream. Rather, the musical form of this composition models some of the general characteristics of dreams - unpredictable and fantastic juxtapositions; exotic simultaneities; recognizable and mysterious images blended together; intense clarity; opaque chaos; moments of nightmarish intensity - all unfolding in unreal time and often linked by a single, dominating element.

2/3 Coleridge-Taylor: Novelettes Nos. 3 and 4 Schubert: Symphony No. 5 Jessie Montgomery: Strum Kodály: Dances of Galánta Bartók: Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta (Erina Yashima and Rafael Kubelík, cond)

2/10 Holmès: La Nuit et l'Amour Saint-Saëns: Cello Concerto No. 1 Schumann: Symphony No. 2 Wagner: The Ride of the Valkyries from Die Walküre, Forest Murmurs from Siegfried, Dawn and Siegfried’s Rhine Journey and Siegfried’s Death and Funeral March from Götterdämmerung (John Sharp, c; Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider and Daniel Barenboim, cond)

2/17 Mendelssohn: Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage Overture Rands: DREAM for Orchestra Liszt: Mazeppa, Symphonic Poem No. 6 Schoenberg: Transfigured Night Shostakovich: Symphony No. 6 (Riccardo Muti, cond)

2/24 Stravinsky: Suite from The Firebird Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 3, Polish Schubert: Symphony No. 8, Unfinished Stravinsky: Fireworks, Four Studies (Riccardo Muti and Pierre Boulez, cond)