Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Fri 4/25 & Tues 4/29

For the second time this month Updoc—8PM Friday and noon next Tuesday, Fillmore East time—starts off with two rarities from Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane followed by a track from the recent unedited reissue of Miles Davis live at the Fillmore East in 1970, this time an epic version of Bitches Brew; after which the show gives up all pretense of thematic continuity while maintaining, I hope, the show’s (I hope) usually high standards with Schnittke’s 2nd String Quartet performed in American-powerhouse mode by the Kronos, some new Ambrose Akinmusire, some older Jesse Winchester, and a much older Ballade in F Minor by Chopin. The big finish arrives via Christopher Rouse’s Third Symphony played by the NY Philharmonic under Alan Gilbert: a piece that begins assaultively but shows its big heart before it’s over. Rouse’s Requiem will be premiered on May 6th at Carnegie by the same ensemble, and if you can’t get there you might bend an ear toward WQXR, online or through the air, in the interest of catching a broadcast of it before too long. Rouse is one of our great composers, and his Requiem should be a whopper.

2 Responses to “Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Fri 4/25 & Tues 4/29”

  1. Another great show. I particularly liked the Chopin. I don’t usually like Ashkenazy’s Chopin, but that Ballade knocked me out.

  2. I looked for a Rubinstein version but couldn’t find one with hi enough fi, and Pires didn’t do one, and I don’t really like Yevgeny Kissin, and just like you I don’t usually like V.A.’s Chopin I did like this one a lot. Big ears hear alike?