This first program in the Mendelssohn Adès Festival juxtaposes two of Western music’s greatest prodigies and most singular musical voices—the German Romantic Felix Mendelssohn and modern British master Thomas Adès— and highlights each composer’s Baroque fascination. Adès’s Three Studies from Couperin visits the court of Louis XIV, where Jean-Baptiste Lully served as surintendant de la musique and François Couperin followed as court organist. Leila Josefowicz, known as a champion of modern music, brings a special touch to Stravinsky’s neoclassical Violin Concerto. The program concludes with Mendelssohn’s magnificent Scottish Symphony, whose stirring finale demonstrates the composer’s mastery of Bachian counterpoint.
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San Francisco Symphony
All sound clips are from San Francisco Symphony performances and are used with permission of the SFS Players Committee.
Concert: Approx. 1h 40m, includes intermission.
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