Ensemble: NEC Philharmonia
Conductor: Hugh Wolff
This season, NEC's orchestra programs allow you to discover the music of living composers—many of them women—alongside familiar masterworks.
Kati Agócs has taught at New England Conservatory since 2008. Requiem Fragments is a tone poem tracing a line from idyllic childhood through the inevitable complications of later life – a requiem for lost innocence relating to expatriotism and questions of belonging. Its form reflects this idea via an “upbeat” gesture followed by a sustained tone – a gathering of energy followed by a suspension of time. This idea is present both locally and in the larger spans. Agócs defines and clarifies the larger structure of the work not only via this musical gesture but also by varying the tints of instrumental color from one episode to the next. The whole seems to spin out organically, story-like; the presence of yearning, almost vocal lyricism in its melodies is further enhanced by frequent changes of instrumentation. Requiem Fragments was commissioned by the CBC Radio Orchestra for their Farewell Concert in 2008, and is seven minutes in duration. - Robert Kirzinger
Ginastera: Variaciones concertantes, Op. 23
Theme for violoncello and harp
Interlude for strings
Humourous variation for flute
Scherzo variation for clarinet
Dramatic variation for viola
Canonic variation for oboe and bassoon
Rhythmic variation for trumpet and trombone
Perpetual motion variation for violin
Pastoral variation for French horn
Interlude for wind
Reprise of theme for double bass
Final rondo variation for orchestra
Beethoven: Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67
Allegro con brio
Andante con moto
Date: March 15, 2017 - 7:30PM
Location: NEC's Jordan Hall
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