Ned Rorem in Symphony Space - 24 February, 1984

from The Nantucket Diary of Ned Rorem 1973-1985, page 453:

The memorial lasted nearly five hours; our contribution del about two-thirds the way through. I dawdled backstage, listening, sweating nervously, gossiping. Heard from the wings, Bethany Beardslee's "Four Songs of Berg", accompanied by Yehudi Wyner, was the ultimate in what German singing should be: penetrating, clean, unaccented, silken, granitic, utterly wise and utterly insane. I chatted with James Levine who, despite stitches in a digit (he displayed a bloody forefinger), managed to play Schoenberg's "Six Little Piano Pieces" as though they were music, not 'modern music', and appropriate …   more >>
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Ned Rorem, The Nantucket Diary of Ned Rorem 1973-1985, volume 2 (San Francisco, 1987), p. 453. accessed: 24 September, 2023

location of experience: Symphony Space


Ned Rorem
Critic, essayist, Composer, Diarist […]

Listening to

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Four Songs
written by Alban Berg
performed by Bethany Beardslee
Six Little Piano Pieces
written by Arnold Schoenberg
performed by James Levine

Experience Information

Date/Time 24 February, 1984
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by pashworth on Wed, 01 Jul 2015 23:21:36 +0100
Approved on Thu, 28 Jan 2016 13:55:42 +0000