Peaceful Moments

Peaceful Moments

When seeking respite or reflection, music is the answer. Here’s a playlist that offers solace, inspiration, and consolation.

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Peaceful Moments
  • Responses to 9/11 by John Adams and Brahms

    Within weeks of 9/11 the Philharmonic consoled New Yorkers by performing Brahms’s German Requiem, a timeless expression of grief and hope, following a heartfelt rendition of the national anthem. One year later the Orchestra premiered John Adams’s Pulitzer and Grammy winning On the Transmigration ...

  • Leading Voices: Vocal Works Exploring the Nature of Time

    Five contemporary vocal works that explore ideas of timeliness and timelessness. There’s Lizée’s pastiche of karaoke tapes and Crumb’s iconoclastic response to Apollo 11. La Barbara’s litany on American history and Prestini’s intimate portrait of the author of Silent Spring. Berio’s bravura cycle...

  • Nina C. Young, Tania León, and Ellen Reid

    Three women, three discoveries. Jaap van Zweden conducts Rome Prize winner Young’s composition culminating in wonder, Grammy–nominated León’s evocation of Louis Armstrong, and Pulitzer Prize winner Reid’s alluring tapestry of sound and color. The broadcast includes profiles of these three fascina...

  • Kathleen Battle Sings Mozart

    Kathleen Battle, one of the great sopranos of her time, sings a popular aria from Mozart’s Il ré pastore (The Shepherd King). Shlomo Mintz plays the solo violin part, representing the title character’s thoughts of his absent beloved.

    MOZART (1756–91)
    Aria, L’amerò sarò costante, from Il ré pas...

  • Jaap van Zweden Conducts Wagner and Strauss

    In this New Year’s Eve concert from 2018, Music Director Jaap van Zweden conducts a festive, upbeat excerpt from Wagner’s music-drama Lohengrin as well as J. Strauss II’s lyrical Blue Danube waltz.

    WAGNER (1813–83)
    Introduction to Act III of Lohengrin (1846–48)

    J. STRAUSS II (1825–99)
    An d...

  • Schubert’s Rosamunde Quartet

    Schubert’s gifts as master of both song and instrumental music enriches this string quartet, with reinterpretations of some of his own songs — including Gretchen am Spinnrade and Schöne Welt, wo bist du — to form a new, beautiful whole.

    SCHUBERT (1797 –1828)
    String Quartet No. 13 in A minor, ...