You are listening to PCE’s world-premiere performance of “Armenian Odyssey” by Vache Sharafyan, with cellist Narek Hakhnazarian and PCE led by Angel Gil-Ordonez


“Beyond Psycho – The Musical Genius of Bernard Herrmann”

Everyone knows Bernard Herrmann as a supreme composer for film – but he was much more than that. PostClassical Ensemble’s documentary observes Herrmann “in the round.” Sampling our new PCE Naxos CD, it explores the classic 1944 radio drama Whitman, written by Norman Corwin with music by Herrmann. The other works here are Herrmann’s Clarinet Quintet and Psycho Narrative (not to be confused with the better-known, but inferior, Psycho Suite).

New Yorker music critic Alex Ross observes: “Bernard Herrmann was absolutely one of the most original 20th-century composers of any country. I’m very happy that this CD is expanding our sense of Herrmann’s achievement, bringing a little known score to light . . . What strikes me about this combination of Herrmann pieces is that the emotional range is huge. It’s a very great talent that’s on display here, one that we’re very far from appreciating and celebrating in full.”

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We plan to resume live concerts in spring 2021 with an all-Haydn program featuring the dazzling pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet and our own PostClassical Ensemble



Produced and premiered by PCE March 4, 2020, at the National Cathedral, “Armenian Odyssey” is a unique concert work featuring live animation by Kevork Mourad and music by Vache Sharafyan. The cellist was Narek Hakhnazarian, and Angel Gil-Ordóñez conducted PostClassical Ensemble. It tells a story of diaspora and redemption.

“A pinnacle . . . spectacular” — Charles Downey, Washington Classical Review



“The Best Classical Music Event of 2019

The Washington Post

“Wildly ambitious

-Anne Midgette, The Washington Post


- Alex Ross, The New Yorker

One of the country’s most innovative musical groups.”

- Phillip Kennicott, The Washington Post