ESA-PEKKA SALONEN & YUJA WANG

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Artists

Yuja Wang

Piano

San Francisco Symphony

program

Helios Overture

Carl Nielsen
New Work for Piano and Orchestra
[San Francisco Symphony Commission, World Premiere]
Magnus Lindberg

Concerto for Orchestra

Béla Bartók
All sound clips are from San Francisco Symphony performances and are used with permission of the SFS Players Committee.

performances

Davies Symphony Hall

Thu, Oct 13, 2022 at 7:30PM

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Davies Symphony Hall

Fri, Oct 14, 2022 at 7:30PM

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Davies Symphony Hall

Sat, Oct 15, 2022 at 7:30PM

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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 Description

With 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.

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At A Glance

When Carl Nielsen composed his Helios Overture in 1903, he was on the path to becoming Denmark’s most eminent composer. He spent that winter and spring in sunny Athens, where he told a friend, “Helios burns all day and I am writing away at my new solar system.” When the Overture was published, he attached this description: “Stillness and darkness—Then the sun rises to joyous songs of praise—Wanders its golden way—quietly sinks in the sea.”

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.

Concert Extras

Post-Concert Q&A: A post-concert audience Q&A session with composer Magnus Lindberg and pianist Yuja Wang will be presented from the stage following the concert on October 13. Free to all ticket holders.

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