Ted Weiner

Bernstein on Britten

On this Sunday’s edition of New Classics on WDAV, a new CD of music for piano and orchestra by Benjamin Britten is sampled. Britten wrote relatively few works that spotlight the piano. He once remarked that he regarded the piano basically as a “background instrument”. In this interview, Leonard Bernstein gives a brief take on the complexities of Benjamin Britten.

Faust, Faust, and More Faust

faust_rembrandt.jpgIn anticipation of WDAV”s live broadcast of Opera Carolina”s Faust (by Gounod) on Saturday, I was asked by another staff for examples of other music inspired by the Faust legend. So how about these:
Berlioz: Damnation of Faust
Spohr: Faust
Liszt: A Faust Symphony
Wagner: A Faust Overture
Schumann: “Faust” Concert Overture and oratorio

Ginastera: Overture to the Creole Faust
That”s what I can think of. What about you? Can you add to this list?