Episode 32: See the Music Live: Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet


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This week’s edition of City Ballet The Podcast is the premiere broadcast of a live See the Music presentation on the score to Balanchine's Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet, recorded on the NYCB stage in 2019. Host and Resident Conductor Clotilde Otrantro walks us through the innovations and themes of Brahms’ original chamber music score, and indicates some of the choices Schoenberg made in the instrumentation for full orchestra in order to maintain the music’s various sombre moods, military vibes, and folk influences. Otranto is joined by the NYCB Orchestra for a number of evocative excerpts, transporting us to the romanticism of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. (13:33)

Music: Symphony in Three Movements (1945) by Igor Stravinsky Piano Quartet in G minor, Op. 25 (1861) by Johannes Brahms, arr. by Arnold Schoenberg

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