The immensely talented Julia Fischer, 2007 Gramophone Artist of the Year, returns to perform Beethoven’s glorious Violin Concerto, which didn’t fully reveal its beauties until it found a capable champion four decades after the composer wrote it. The sweep and military feel of Nielsen’s epic Fifth Symphony suggest a deeply felt response to World War I. Maestro Blomstedt is one of the world’s foremost interpreters of his work.
“[Julia Fischer] plays with a remarkably sweet tone (evoking melting caramel perhaps) and long, refined phrases that have an operatic quality to them.” —THE NEW YORK TIMES
Katharine Hanrahan Open Rehearsal is a working rehearsal. The pieces rehearsed are at the conductor’s discretion.
Symphony No. 5
All sound clips are from San Francisco Symphony performances and are used with permission of the SFS Players Committee.