Thursday 26 October 19:30Gullserien | Sølvserie I
Russian in New York
Thursday 26 October
Andrew Litton returns to Bergen bringing with him a programme from his native America.
No work by Igor Stravinsky sounds quite so American as his strident Symphony in Three Movements, a byproduct of the composer’s flirtation with Hollywood and music for newsreel.
Leonard Bernstein’s one and only experience scoring a film was with On The Waterfront starring Marlon Brando. The experience bruised Bernstein but he rescued the best bits of his music for a concert suite that contains all the original score’s loneliness, tragedy and tension.
Those might be characteristic usually associated with Tchaikovsky, whose Third Symphony can appear brash and assertive at first. But deep within the symphony’s five movements is some of the most tender and ravishing music he would write, perfect for Litton’s special way with his Bergen colleagues.
«Wait till you hear the combination of Litton’s clear thinking and perfect pacing and the orchestra’s razor-sharp response», BBC Radio 3 on the orchestra’s recording of Prokofievs 4th and 7th Symphonies.