no comments... no responses... cant ever be a good sign. Well, for whatever crimes against the art i've committed... i apologize.
I was checking out some Sibelius recently- the incidental music to The Tempest, which, incidentally, im reading. Its great stuff -as all of sibelius' late work is. If i took a few passages from this piece you wouldnt know if you were listening to Britten or Prokofiev. This music constructs an atmosphere: moody, intense (often quite dissonant), surreal and perfectly fitting to a production of this very difficult play (which is, fittingly, atmospheric, moody, intense and surreal). This is inspired music, lyrical and expressive- full of ideas and interest. The music looks forward- not a concept commonly attached to Sibelius, but its true of his last pieces, which i believe are transcendent in a non-spiritual way- but they are in their own musical world.
"Hell is empty and all the devils are here!"
Season wrap-up at the Met and NY Phil
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