“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.”
Hello? Come again? This is news of the first order.
"A moment later, the storm broke. Gusts buffeting the exterior created an apocalyptic bass rumble; lashes of rain sounded like a hundred snare drums. The voices bobbed on the welter of noise, sometimes disappearing into it and sometimes riding above. As Adashi’s music subsided, the storm subsided in turn. In my experience, music has never seemed closer to nature.Read More
"Roomful of Teeth’s call-and-response vocals follow the Colorado’s source in the Rocky Mountains in placid undulations of dynamics, matching the ebb and flow of the River, as it expands in tributary confluences. "