National Phil: Lenny's Playlist
Violinist Bella Hristova solos and Piotr Gajewski conducts, as the National Philharmonic salutes composer-conductor-cultural celebrity Leonard Bernstein on the 100th anniversary of his birth. As a conductor, Bernstein was committed to showcasing the music of his own time and to programming modern works. This Music Center at Strathmore concert reflects those views, opening with Mozart's overture to The Magic Flute, which combines current and archaic musical techniques to forecast the comedy and high ethical drama of one of his most beloved operas. Barber's grand Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, while modern in tone, harks back to some of the most venerable musical forms in Western music. The work spoke deeply to Bernstein, who made one of the iconic records of the piece with the New York Philharmonic and violinist Isaac Stern in 1964. Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5 received an ovation at its premiere that lasted more than half an hour. A work of towering musical and symbolic meaning, it found in Bernstein one of its greatest advocates and most perceptive interpreters.
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