“Each of the tapestries is a time machine,” Lang says. “They have the past, the future and the present all at once. You have this ancient narrative, but that story is told with 16th century Flemish animals, and dress, in northern Europe. The characters are involved in this weird honor fight, happening in human time, but surrounded by a landscape that looks like paradise.”
Lang's composition will be sung by the adventurous vocal octet Roomful of Teeth, with instrumentalists from the new music stalwarts Callithumpian Consort.
“Bychkov Conducts ‘An Alpine Symphony,’ ” trumpets the page on the New York Philharmonic’s website for its subscription concerts beginning on Thursday. That, to be sure, is no small thing. The estimable maestro Semyon Bychkov is presenting Strauss’s outsize tone poem “An Alpine Symphony,” which merits respect it seldom receives.
But the other piece on the program is dismissed as an afterthought: “Plus Berio’s ‘Sinfonia’ with Grammy-winning vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth.”
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