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THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY'S PRESENTATION OF MAGNUS LINDBERG’S PIANO CONCERTO FOR YUJA WANG IS MADE POSSIBLE THROUGH THE GENEROUS SUPPORT OF THE JESSIE AND CLAUDINE CHENG FOUNDATION.
Event DescriptionWith her brilliant technical command, deeply empathetic interpretations, and arresting stage presence, Yuja Wang has breathed new life into piano masterworks and inspired the leading composers of our time to write for her. In a San Francisco first, Wang joins Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen for the world premiere of Magnus Lindberg’s Piano Concerto, written with Wang in mind. Framing the evening is the breathtaking Mediterranean sunrise of Carl Nielsen’s Helios Overture and Béla Bartók’s rowdy instrumental showcase, the Concerto for Orchestra.
At A Glance
Magnus Lindberg emerged in the 1980s as part of a group of Finnish composers who made tremendous impact on the contemporary music scene. Early on he was drawn to extreme complexity, but he later developed a compositional mode that might be called “classical modernism.” His Piano Concerto No. 3, being premiered this week, is in the line of the virtuoso concerto, making strenuous demands of the pianist while incorporating the solo part into a richly conceived symphonic texture.
While most concertos are scored for a solo instrument accompanied by orchestra, Béla Bartók revived an older meaning of the term, in which all the instruments of the ensemble are combined into a harmonious whole. Bartók, who was ill in New York after emigrating from Hungary, wrote: “The general mood of the work represents, apart from the jesting second movement, a gradual transition from the sternness of the first moment and the lugubrious death-song of the third to the life-assertion of the last one.” Premiered by the Boston Symphony in 1944, it was among Bartók’s final works.