Polednice (The Noon Witch) is one of Antonin Dvorak’s most gripping works, sometimes bright and tuneful, sometimes dark and disturbing. Sinfonia explored the orchestral colors and moods of this masterpiece.
Béla Bartók, an exile from the Nazis, discouraged and dying of leukemia in a New York hospital, had given up composing. But in 1943, a renewed spirit produced his Concerto for Orchestra. Our Youth Symphony tackles this “Mount Everest” of virtuosic works, uncovering its secrets.