NEC Philharmonia + Biss/ Weber, Baker, Prokofiev
Paul Biss, violinist, violist and conductor, leads the NEC Philharmonia in works of Weber, Prokofiev and Claude Baker, a former colleague of Biss at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University where Baker is Class of 1956 Chancellor’s Professor of Composition.
Weber: Overture to Oberon
Claude Baker:Shadows: Four Dirge-Nocturnes (1990)
Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet (Excerpts)
Biss’ concert is a fascinating example of how the influence of Mahler is permeating the music-making membranes of programmers at NEC this fall as well as exerting its irresistible tug on composers throughout the 20th and 21st Century. The Claude Baker work, Shadows: Four Dirge-Nocturnes is a response to four haiku, the texts of which remind the composer in two cases of songs composed by Mahler. He quotes them in his non-verbal setting/elaboration of the poems. Indeed, once again we observe: Mahler’s Time is Now.