A Revolutionary ‘Sinfonia’ Returns to the Philharmonic

May 30, 2018

“Sinfonia” of Luciano Berio (1925-2003) was commissioned by the Philharmonic for its 125th anniversary in 1968 and dedicated to Leonard Bernstein, the orchestra’s music director at the time. A harbinger of musical postmodernism, it uncannily captured the capacious spirit of its era and dedicatee.

“Once or twice in a century,” Mr. Bychkov said last week, “somebody will create something that will change our idea of what music can be. Beethoven did it with the ‘Eroica’ Symphony, Wagner did it with ‘Parsifal,’ and Stravinsky did it with ‘Le Sacre du Printemps.’ Luciano’s ‘Sinfonia’ was next.”

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