Bronfman offers powerful Brahms with New World Symphony

October 18, 2014 8:27 PM

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During the late 19th century, Wagner and Brahms were considered philosophical opposites in their approach to musical creativity. Musicians, critics and scholars formed enemy camps devoted to the promotion of one composer while denigrating the other, but the passage of time and historical perspective have brought a more balanced assessment of these two musical giants. On Friday night they shared the New World Symphony's program.

The Ring of the Nibelung was Wagner's most ambitious project. For concert performance, the composer adapted Dawn and Siegfried's Rhine Journey, the introduction to the prologue and orchestral interlude from Die Götterdämerung, the final of the four-opera cycle. Christian Reif, the orchestra's new co...

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