Archive: Bernstein: Fancy Free

St. Pölten Festspielhaus Großer Saal Festspielhaus | Großer Saal

Instrumentation

  • Davorin Mori, piano
  • Hugh Wolff, conductor

Programmes

Brett Dean
«Komarov's Fall» for Orchestra
Leonard Bernstein
- interval -

Three young sailors of the US Navy are given 24 hours’ shore leave in New York and want to flirt with the most beautiful girls in the city. Premiered in 1944 at the old Metropolitan Opera with choreography by Jerome Robbins, Leonard Bernstein’s ballet «Fancy Free» achieved such success that is was promptly developed into the musical «On the Town», which a few years later delighted movie audiences with Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra in the main roles. The mercurial freshness of Bernstein’s original ballet music forms the centrepiece of this concert under the baton of versatile American conductor Hugh Wolff who, after the interval, will conduct Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony, a work of unburdened, joyous and humourous character, which breaks new ground in each movement. But first the opening: commissioned by the Berlin Philharmonic, the Australian composer Brett Dean has created a musical memorial to the cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov, who died in a spacecraft accident in 1967.

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Leonard Bernstein

«Fancy Free» Ballet

Movements

  • Enter three Sailors

  • Scene at the Bar

  • Enter two Girls

  • Pas de Deux

  • Competition Scene

  • Variation 1: Galop, Variation 2: Waltz, Variation 3: Danzon

  • Finale

Duration

27 Min.

Creation

1944
Ludwig van Beethoven

Symphony No. 4 in B-flat major op. 60

Movements

  • Adagio - Allegro vivace

  • Adagio

  • Allegro vivace

  • Allegro ma non troppo

Duration

37 Min.

Creation

1806