Renowned for his symphony cycles, Gustavo now focuses on the pure-hearted music of Robert Schumann, one of the greatest composers of the Romantic era despite his many travails. Mitsuko Uchida, acknowledged as one of the foremost Schumann interpreters, joins us for his only Piano Concerto.
Dudamel continues his Schumann Cycle with the final two symphonies – lilting, soaring and majestic – and the wonderful Cello Concerto, with the equally wonderful Sol Gabetta as soloist.
Mahler’s penultimate completed work is unclassifiable – neither song cycle, symphony, nor operatic drama. His penetrating settings of ancient Chinese poems reveal a universe of experience within an individual, our relationship to nature, and the sometimes cruel, sometimes beautiful cycle of life. In an unprecedented move, three of these performances will be staged by our Artist-Collaborator Sharon in conjunction with TEATROCINEMA, a Chilean theater company renowned for innovative interaction between video and live performers.
No staging or video for the April 8 performance.
Leila Josefowicz, for whom Salonen wrote his Violin Concerto, returns for another blistering performance of this stunning work. Our Conductor Laureate also leads one of Beethoven’s most exciting symphonies.
Salonen knew he was writing his Piano Concerto for a pianist with monster technique; Bronfman premiered it and returns to display his mastery of Salonen's effusive and virtuosic work.