The New York Phil in August takes us to the ballet by Paul Dukas, La Péri (Sun 8/14 @ 3pm)
The idea of the Péri comes from Persian mythology, where they are exquisite, winged beings known for their beauty. Dukas referred to La Péri as a ‘poème dansé’, which is a curious distinction for a work that was intended to be a ballet from the beginning. Dukas was a firm believer in the interdisciplinary function of poetry, music and drama or dance.
8/7 Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra Haydn: Mass Strauss: Tod und Verklärung (Judith Blegen, s; Frederica Von Stade, ms; Kenneth Riegel, t; Simon Estes, bs; Westminster Choir; Joseph Flummerfelt, dir; Leonard Bernstein and Giuseppe Sinopoli, cond)
8/14 Dukas: La Péri Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1 Roussel: Symphony No. 3 Ravel: Mother Goose (Leonard Bernstein, p & cond; Pierre Boulez, cond)
8/21 Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1, Classical Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto Beethoven: Mass in D, Missa solemnis (Nathan Milstein, v; Christine Brewer, s; Florence Quivar, ms; Anthony Rolfe Johnson, t; Peter Rose, bs; Glenn Dicterow, v; New York Choral Artists, Joseph Flummerfelt, dir; American Boychoir, James Litton, dir; Leonard Bernstein and Bruno Walter, cond)
8/28 Vivaldi: Concerto for Piccolo, Strings, and Cembalo Hindemith: Symphony Mathis der Maler Mozart: Bassoon Concerto Paine: Symphony No. 2, In Spring (Mindy Kaufmann, pic; Judith LeClair, bn; Christopher Hogwood, Leonard Bernstein and Zubin Mehta, cond)