Jordan Hall, Boston, MA
Marcel Grandjamy, harp / Zimbler String Sinfonietta (comprised of members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra)
One of his most frequently performed works, the Notturno for Strings and Harp's romantic lushness departs somewhat from Fine's earlier, neoclassic style. The work has been characterized as the composer's own blend of the styles of Chopin, Mozart, and Stravinsky. Its three movements, "Lento," "Animato," and "Adagio," share some thematic material; the slow movements each end with lyrical viola solos. Leonard Bernstein conducted the Notturno's "Adagio" movement at Fine's memorial concert in 1962.
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