The MET Orchestra New York - Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Christine Goerke - Brandon Jovanovich - Günther Groissböck - Strauss, Mazzoli, Wagner
- Orchestre du Metropolitan Opera de New York
- Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conducting
- Christine Goerke, soprano
- Brandon Jovanovich, tenor
- Günther Groissböck, bass
Composed in 2013, Missy Mazzoli’s Sinfonia (for Orbiting Spheres), referring to the baroque instrumental repertoire, is a sort of ‘minimalist gymnopédie’ for small orchestra. Here, it appears between works by the ‘two Richards’: Wagner and Strauss. By the former, Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Act I of The Valkyrie, which opens with a raging storm featuring the entire orchestra, and then recounts the meeting of twins and lovers Siegmund and Sieglinde; by the latter composer, he presents the Dionysian and then wan Don Juan, one of the first of Strauss’s series of tone poems. ‘Bruckner, Mahler, Strauss—this répertoire is my first love. I feel especially at ease in this music,’ noted the conductor in 2008.