Beethoven Project: MTT explores early Beethoven

MTT surveys Beethoven’s early works which foretell the brilliance to come. At the age of 20, Beethoven wrote a plangent funeral cantata for the arts-minded “Musical King.” In the rarely heard, angelic Sonatina, the mandolin seems to morph from soulful Russian balalaika to carefree Bluegrass ukulele. The playful, upbeat Second Symphony, completed in October 1802, contrasts with the agonized letter Beethoven wrote the same month, lamenting that his encroaching deafness necessitated his withdrawal from society.

“Mumford has a lush, open, attractive sound, with an inviting forward placement.” —OPERA NEWS


Conductor/Performers

Michael Tilson Thomas

conductor

Ragnar Bohlin

conductor

Sally Matthews

soprano

Tamara Mumford

mezzo-soprano

Barry Banks

tenor

Andrew Foster-Williams

bass-baritone

Joseph Brent

mandolin

Eric Zivian

fortepiano

Robin Sutherland

piano

San Francisco Symphony and Chorus

Program

Beethoven (arr. Bohlin)

Adelaide

Beethoven

Cantata on the Death of Emperor Joseph II

Beethoven

Sonatina for Mandolin and Fortepiano

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.


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Beethoven's Symphony No. 2

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The Beethoven Project

These concerts are part of The Beethoven Project, an in-depth exploration of the immortal composer and his legacy. For more information visit sfsymphony.org/beethoven.

Beethoven Project: MTT explores early Beethoven
Thu, May 2 - Fri, May 3
MTT surveys Beethoven’s early works which foretell the brilliance to come.

MTT and SFS Symposium—Beethoven: Before and After
Sat, May 4
Explore Beethoven’s inspirations, his music, and his legacy in three one-hour sessions combining performance and discussion.

Beethoven Project: MTT leads Beethoven and Adams
Sat, May 4 - Thu, May 9
MTT explores here the maturing Beethoven, as well as his continuing influence.

Beethoven Project: MTT and Missa Solemnis
Fri, May 10 - Sat, May 11
Expect thunder and lightning from MTT, the Orchestra, Chorus, and guests.