“A lot of people only know the lighter side of Bernstein, what they’ve seen in West Side Story. But when they hear this music . . . I think they realize he was some kind of real genius,” says award-winning pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet.
This music, the shadowed side of the exuberant musical legend, refers to Bernstein’s provocative Symphony No. 2, The Age of Anxiety, a dramatic, soul-searching narrative based on W.H. Auden’s Pulitzer Prize-winning eponymous poem. Bernstein was riveted by the philosophical questions it posed, and praised the book as “one of the most shattering examples of pure virtuosity in the history of English poetry.” Thibaudet notes that the fascinating combination of “the poem, what’s going on with the music—and everything Michael [Tilson Thomas] has told me about Bernstein” makes the piece a thrill to perform.
Join the San Francisco Symphony in our season-long Bernstein at 100 celebration with this compelling masterwork performed by the “poetic and powerful” (The Washington Post) Thibaudet, Nov 2–3, 5.
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