America is a land of new perspectives; and under its dynamic music director Michael Tilson Thomas the San Francisco Symphony has built a worldwide reputation for innovative programming. Tonight they present a fresh take on music by Charles Ives, a true American original, before teaming up with the St Lawrence String Quartet for John Adams’s vibrant new quadruple concerto (you can listen to a short extract from the piece here). And to finish, Berlioz’s spectacular Symphonie Fantastique – music that never stops sounding new.
In the video below, Tilson Thomas gives an exclusive introduction to the works featured in the concert.
Oliver Condy, Editor of BBC Music Magazine explains why he has recommended tonight’s concert:
During his time at the helm of the San Francisco Symphony since 1995, Michael Tilson Thomas has transformed his orchestra into perhaps the finest in the US. His energy is thrilling, and his passion for the American music he’ll be conducting will doubtless be palpable. As for the radical Berlioz? He and MTT were made for each other.
San Francisco Symphony
Michael Tilson Thomas conductor
St Lawrence String Quartet
|Ives (arr Brant)||The Alcotts from A Concord Symphony||6’|
|John Adams||Absolute Jest for Orchestra and String Quartet||27’|
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