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Tuesday, September 01, 2009

There aren’t many who can lay claim to writing a symphony inspired by Superman, but Michael Daugherty has done just that with his Metropolis Symphony. Daugherty is known for writing evocatively titled concert pieces, such as Ghost Ranch, Shaken Not Stirred, and Dead Elvis. In tonight's selection, try to make sense of his title, MXYZPTLK, a piece for two flutes and chamber orchestra, if you can. (A vague hint: it's from that Superman piece!). Also tonight, music of Derek Bermel and Philip Glass.

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Comments [3]

Chris Piazza from Brooklyn, NY

I'm listening to someone singing Luciano Berio's Folk Songs on your program right now. And though I appreciate your choice of this piece I'm wondering if you're familiar with Cathy Berberian singing it. There's a recording of her and Berio's conducting. It's so exquisite that... I don't presume to question the choice you've made here but Berberian... it's as if no one should ever, ever sing these songs but her. I can't explain. You just must hear her sing this. Maybe he wrote these for her. It would seem so. She sings like a shape-shifter... like she found the ghosts he was looking for in the old tunes. I wish I could find my old CD to tell you where to get it but I'm sure it's still available. Anyway, thanks for reminding me of this lovely piece.

Sep. 01 2009 10:13 PM
reuven

As far as chamber music is concerned (and I love chamber music the best of all) the Brahms violin and viola sonatas touch me deeply. I'm also a sucker for the Beehtoven violin sonatas. The first 2 Schostakovich string quartets, as well as his piano quintet and Robert Schumann' works for solo piano and his violin sonatas. Oh yeah, also the the Faure piano quartets and quintets. Lastly, however not necessarily in this order, the Mozart 'Haydn' string quartets. Did I mention Clara Haskil playing Mozart solo piano?

Sep. 01 2009 09:02 PM
Allen Rees from NYC

Mr. Myxyptlk, is a sort of "trickster" figure and at one time, "major thorn in the paw" of Superman as a sort of comic relief from the 5th dimension of the DC Comics universe, as per:

http://www.dccomics.com/dcu/heroes_and_villains/?hv=origin_stories/mr_mxyzptlk&p=1

Sep. 01 2009 07:22 PM

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