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
CULTURAL FUSION: THE GAMELAN EXPERIENCE
“The Best Classical Music Event of 2019”
The Washington Post
-Anne Midgette, The Washington Post
- Alex Ross, The New Yorker
“One of the country’s most innovative musical groups.”
- Phillip Kennicott, The Washington Post
Angel Gil-Ordóñez watched spellbound at Madrid’s Teatro Real as Sergiu Celibidache led the London Symphony Orchestra in Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet. Awed by the legendary conductor’s sorcerer’s passion, galvanized by the transparency of sound magically elicited, Gil-Ordóñez resolved that he would become a symphonic conductor. Seven years later, in 1985, he moved to Munich to study with Celibidache – a relationship that would last eight years. Celibidache’s mentorship ultimately inspired Gil-Ordóñez to co-found PostClassical Ensemble with music historian Joseph Horowitz -- one of his proudest achievements. READ MORE
PCE Executive Producer Joseph Horowitz has long been a pioneer in classical music programming, beginning with his tenure as Artistic Advisor for the annual Schubertiade at the 92nd Street Y. As Executive Director of the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra, resident orchestra of the Brooklyn Academy of Music, he received national attention in the 1990s for “The Russian Stravinsky,” “American Transcendentalists,” “Flamenco,” and other festivals exploring the folk roots of concert works.