Two giants of the Romantic era grace the program. Schumann proudly called his overture “one of the strongest of my musical children.” His Rhenish Symphony is exuberant and melodic, with a massive fanfare for brass and winds. Brahms made the unusual concerto pairing of violin and cello partly to mend a break in his friendship with a virtuoso violinist. The instruments’ pronounced difference in sound resulted in a dramatic, Gypsy-flavored work.
“The San Francisco Symphony plays awfully well under just about any circumstances. But something special seems to happen when Marek Janowski comes to town.” —SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
San Francisco Symphony
All sound clips are from San Francisco Symphony performances and are used with permission of the SFS Players Committee.
Concert length is approximately 2 hours.