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Suspend

Suspend

a fantasy for piano and orchestra


  • Instrumentation: piano and orchestra
  • Edition: performance material

 
description
Suspend is a 20-minute fantasy for piano and orchestra. At the request of Emanuel Ax, the piece is a response to the music and creative spirit of Johannes Brahms and is based on two motifs that were significant to that composer.

The pianist begins the piece in a sparse and lonely space, gradually ‘imagining’ the orchestra into existence as the ideas of the piece coalesce into long suspended lines. The piece ends with an extended meditation on musical ‘free play’, as the pianist and various members of the orchestra break free from the group and play uncoordinated, semi-improvised material.
Details
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association Gustavo Dudamel, Music Director
Performance duration: 20'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Corporation
Uraufführung : 1. Mai 2014 Los Angeles, CA, Walt Disney Concert Hall (USA) · Emanuel Ax, piano · Dirigent: Gustavo Dudamel · Los Angeles Philharmonic
Year of composition: 2014
instrumentation: 2.2.2.2-4.2.0.0-3perc(I. crot, 7 tuned gongs; II. vib, 4sus cym; III. crot, almgl)-hp-str(12.10.8.8.6 )
Performances
Conductor: Susanna Mälkki
Orchestra: Sveriges Radios Symfoniorkester
2018-10-05 | Stockholm (Sweden), Berwaldhallen — 19:00
Conductor: Susanna Mälkki
Orchestra: Sveriges Radios Symfoniorkester
2018-10-04 | Stockholm (Sweden), Berwaldhallen — 19:00 | national Premiere
Conductor: Andrew Gourlay
Orchestra: San Diego Symphony
2017-01-07 | San Diego, CA (United States of America), Symphony Hall
Conductor: Andrew Gourlay
Orchestra: San Diego Symphony
2017-01-06 | San Diego, CA (United States of America), Symphony Hall
Conductor: David Glover
Orchestra: North Carolina Symphony
2016-01-19 | Wilmington, NC (United States of America), Humanities and Fine Arts Center, Cape Fear Community College
Conductor: Marcelo Lehninger
Orchestra: North Carolina Symphony
2016-01-17 | Southern Pines, NC (United States of America), Lee Auditorium, Pinecrest High School
Conductor: Marcelo Lehninger
Orchestra: North Carolina Symphony
2016-01-16 | Raleigh, NC (United States of America), Meymandi Concert Hall
Conductor: Marcelo Lehninger
Orchestra: North Carolina Symphony
2016-01-15 | Raleigh, NC (United States of America), Meymandi Concert Hall
Conductor: Marcelo Lehninger
Orchestra: North Carolina Symphony
2016-01-14 | Chapel Hill, NC (United States of America), Memorial Hall, UNC-Chapel Hill
Conductor: James Gaffigan
Orchestra: Orchestre National de France
2015-02-12 | Paris (France), Maison de la Radio - Auditorium — 20:00 | national Premiere
Conductor: Gustavo Dudamel
Orchestra: Los Angeles Philharmonic
2014-05-03 | Los Angeles, CA (United States of America), Walt Disney Concert Hall
Conductor: Gustavo Dudamel
Orchestra: Los Angeles Philharmonic
2014-05-01 | Los Angeles, CA (United States of America), Walt Disney Concert Hall | World Premiere
Suspend is a 20-minute fantasy for piano and orchestra. At the request of Emanuel Ax, the piece is a response to the music and creative spirit of Johannes Brahms and is based on two motifs that were significant to that composer.

The pianist begins the piece in a sparse and lonely space, gradually ‘imagining’ the orchestra into existence as the ideas of the piece coalesce into long suspended lines. The piece ends with an extended meditation on musical ‘free play’, as the pianist and various members of the orchestra break free from the group and play uncoordinated, semi-improvised material.
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association Gustavo Dudamel, Music Director
Performance duration: 20'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Corporation
Uraufführung : 1. Mai 2014 Los Angeles, CA, Walt Disney Concert Hall (USA) · Emanuel Ax, piano · Dirigent: Gustavo Dudamel · Los Angeles Philharmonic
Year of composition: 2014
instrumentation: 2.2.2.2-4.2.0.0-3perc(I. crot, 7 tuned gongs; II. vib, 4sus cym; III. crot, almgl)-hp-str(12.10.8.8.6 )
Conductor: Susanna Mälkki
Orchestra: Sveriges Radios Symfoniorkester
2018-10-05 | Stockholm (Sweden), Berwaldhallen — 19:00
Conductor: Susanna Mälkki
Orchestra: Sveriges Radios Symfoniorkester
2018-10-04 | Stockholm (Sweden), Berwaldhallen — 19:00 | national Premiere
Conductor: Andrew Gourlay
Orchestra: San Diego Symphony
2017-01-07 | San Diego, CA (United States of America), Symphony Hall
Conductor: Andrew Gourlay
Orchestra: San Diego Symphony
2017-01-06 | San Diego, CA (United States of America), Symphony Hall
Conductor: David Glover
Orchestra: North Carolina Symphony
2016-01-19 | Wilmington, NC (United States of America), Humanities and Fine Arts Center, Cape Fear Community College
Conductor: Marcelo Lehninger
Orchestra: North Carolina Symphony
2016-01-17 | Southern Pines, NC (United States of America), Lee Auditorium, Pinecrest High School
Conductor: Marcelo Lehninger
Orchestra: North Carolina Symphony
2016-01-16 | Raleigh, NC (United States of America), Meymandi Concert Hall
Conductor: Marcelo Lehninger
Orchestra: North Carolina Symphony
2016-01-15 | Raleigh, NC (United States of America), Meymandi Concert Hall
Conductor: Marcelo Lehninger
Orchestra: North Carolina Symphony
2016-01-14 | Chapel Hill, NC (United States of America), Memorial Hall, UNC-Chapel Hill
Conductor: James Gaffigan
Orchestra: Orchestre National de France
2015-02-12 | Paris (France), Maison de la Radio - Auditorium — 20:00 | national Premiere
Conductor: Gustavo Dudamel
Orchestra: Los Angeles Philharmonic
2014-05-03 | Los Angeles, CA (United States of America), Walt Disney Concert Hall
Conductor: Gustavo Dudamel
Orchestra: Los Angeles Philharmonic
2014-05-01 | Los Angeles, CA (United States of America), Walt Disney Concert Hall | World Premiere