From the New World symphony concert. In 2010 Andris Nelsons directs, at the Herkulessaal in Munich, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra (Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks) in a concert of pieces related to the New World:
1. Charles Ives The Unanswered Question (American composer)
2. John Adams Slonimsky's Earbox (American composer)
3. Igor Stravinsky Le Chant du Rossignol (Song of the Nightingale) (Stravinsky lived in Los Angeles longer than in any other city)
4. Dvořák Symphony No. 9 "From the New World" (inspired by Dvořák's experiences in America)
Perhaps you could make a case that all of these pieces explore "new worlds" of music as all of the composers lived in the 20th century (Dvořák just barely). Video director was Agnes Méth. Released 2013, disc has 5.0 dts-HD Master Audio sound. Grade: D
Print critic Rob Cowan in the October 2013 Gramophone (page 59) states that "Nelsons is a real boon, perhaps the most visually likeable conductor since Carlos Kleiber, his gestures clear, his facial expressions warmly appreciative of everything in the music that moves him." Below are some examples of Nelsons' face making; some love it and others consider him a disruptive clown. These are not shots of spectacularly exciting points in the concert---he pretty much looks like this constantly:
Cowan loved this recording as did Michael Cookson and Leslie Wright, in separate reports for musicweb-international.com, and Robert Cummings writing for Classical Net Review. I agree this was an excellent performance of interesting music well-recorded as to sound. But I have reservations about video content. But before we get into my critique, I'll show you some more screenshots.
The Unanswered Question
This is one of Ives' most popular pieces, perhaps because you just don't have time to get tired of it in 5 and 1/2 minutes. Like much of Ives, it's unlike anything else you have experienced. First, an outside-the-hall string orchestra provides a somewhat static foundation similar in feeling to the Barber Adagio for Strings. Second, a solo trumpet (also offstage) asks 7 wistful questions in a mood similar to the strings. All the audience sees is an on-stage quartet of flautists (can be other woodwinds) which answers the trumpeted questions in increasingly aggressive and profuse strains of premeditated art. All this is most atmospherically performed and filmed.
Next below, from inside the hall, we have an image of the strings outside of an entrance to the hall (with workers in the rear cleaning around the concession stand):
During the performance, this is a typical view of the strings from a different angle (a whole-orchestra shot!)
Below are two shots of the four flautists on-stage. The first shot, made before the performance begins, shows an open stage door in the back. This is the little room where the trumpet player hides. The trumpeter makes his first and only video appearance during the applause: