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Gerard McBurney

The Language of Pierre Boulez

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Just about everyone in the classical music world holds Mr. Boulez in the highest esteem, though some might add to that a hint of perplexity. Barbara Jepson in The Wall Street Journal put it this way,”[He is a] pioneering composer of thorny modernist works.” She then argues “Why Pierre Boulez’s Répons Is a Masterpiece.”

Beyond Tristan

Portrait of Richard Wagner, Pierre-Auguste Renoir 1882

See the WFMT web exclusive video on the Chicago Symphony’s examination of Richard Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde.”

Gerard McBurney and Shostakovich Part 1

(click here) Moscow Cheryo Part 1 Gerard McBurney, Creative Director of the CSO’s Beyond the Score series joins Noel Morris as Guest Host. Gerard discusses his long working relationship with Dmitri Shostakovich’s widow, Irina, and his orchestration of the composer’s operetta “Moscow, Cheryomushki” being staged by Chicago Opera Theater.

Gerard McBurney and Shostakovich Part 2

C(click here) Moscow Cheryo Part 2 Gerard McBurney, Creative Director of the CSO’s Beyond the Score series, joins Noel Morris as Guest Host. Gerard discusses his long working relationship with Dmitri Shostakovich’s widow, Irina, and his orchestration of the composer’s operetta “Moscow, Cheryomushki” being staged by Chicago Opera Theater.