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Lincoln Center: Avery Fisher Hall
|Anxious dreams from Bloch, Brahms, Rouse and the New York Philharmonic|
|Dreams and anxieties, religious and otherwise, were the dominant themes at Thursday night’s New York Philharmonic performance.
The concert program worked backwards in time, starting with Phantasmata by composer-in-residence Christopher Rouse (completed in 1985), followed by Ernest Bloch’s Schelomo (1916), and finishing with Brahms’ Symphony no. 1 (published in 1877). The effect was such that the newness of the first piece conferred upon the following pieces a sense of freshness; the Bloch and Brahms felt just as “now” as the Rouse.
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