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Orchestra of St. Luke’s

Thursday, April 18, 2019 8 PM Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
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Pablo Heras-Casado by ISM / Wolfgang Lienbacher, Hélène Grimaud by Mat Hennek
Papa” Haydn was stylistic father to his immediate successors and 20th-century masters who adopted a neo-classical style. His inventive “Drumroll” Symphony is one of his finest works and might have inspired Prokofiev’s effervescent “Classical” Symphony. In this delightful work, he cleverly emulates Classical-era scoring and tone, but remains firmly in the 20th century. Ravel’s dazzling concerto also looks back to the Classical era, especially in its tender central movement, but this reverie is framed by bubbly high spirits, flashes of jazz, and sizzling virtuosity.

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Orchestra of St. Luke's
Pablo Heras-Casado, Conductor Laureate
Hélène Grimaud, Piano


PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 1, "Classical"

RAVEL Piano Concerto in G Major

STRAVINSKY Suite No. 1 for Small Orchestra

HAYDN Symphony No. 103, "Drumroll"

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Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 1, “Classical” 

Prokofiev pondered what a symphony in the style of Haydn would sound like if composed in 1917, producing the effervescent “Classical” Symphony. His brilliant creation is a work that emulates Haydn’s scoring and tone, but is firmly in the 20th century. Bustling outer movements frame a sweet Larghetto followed by the graceful Gavotte, one of Prokofiev’s favorite creations. The nickname “Classical” came from the composer, who said he wanted to “tease the geese”—annoy the critics.

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