Location: Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church
Date: Sunday, November 2, 2014
Time: 4:00 pm
Featuring: OAKLAND SYMPHONY YOUTH ORCHESTRA &
OAKLAND SYMPHONY CHORUS
Johann Sebastian Bach, orchestrated by Leopold Stokowski
Komm süsser Tod (Come, sweet Death)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Violin Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 44 (Adagio ma non troppo)
Jessica Cao, violin
The Firebird Suite No. 2 (1919)
I. Introduction; The Firebird and Her Dance; Variation of the Firebird
II. The Princesses’ Round: Khorovod
III. Infernal Dance of King Kashchei
The talented young musicians of the Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra present their first concert of the season alongside the Oakland Symphony Chorus. Omid Zoufonoun, the Youth Orchestra’s new Principal Conductor, makes his debut on a program featuring the glorious Mozart’s Requiem and Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite. Jessica Cao, winner of the Youth Orchestra’s concerto competition, joins the orchestra to reprise her prize-winning performance.
Audio and video clips:
Bach/Stokowski - Komm, süßer Tod
Leopold Stokowski conducts his own arrangement of this song which was originally composed for solo voice and basso continuo by J.S. Bach.
Mozart - Requiem (example 1)
John Elliot Gardiner conducts the Monteverdi Choir and the English Baroque soloists. This group is a period instrument orchestra. Note the use of basset horns (modern orchestras often substitute clarinets), valveless trumpets, very sparse and subtle use of vibrato in the strings, and many other important differences from a modern interpretation.
Mozart - Requiem (example 2)
George Solti conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and the Vienna State Opera Choir in a more modern interpretation of Mozart's Requiem. Note the bigger sound, larger string section, much wider and more present use of vibrato, etc.
Bruch - Violin Concerto No.2 in D Minor, 1. Adagio ma non troppo
Violinist Itzhak Perlman performs the first movement with the New Philharmonia Orchestra with Jesús López Cobos conducting.
Stravinsky - The Firebird (1919 Suite)
Yuri Temirkanov conducts the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in the 1919 re-orchestration of Stravinsky's ballet.
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