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Dohnanyi conducts Schubert's "Great"

Dohnanyi conducts Schubert's "Great"

Dohnanyi conducts Schubert's "Great"

Dohnanyi conducts Schubert's "Great"

Fri, Nov 3 - Sun, Nov 5, 2017
  • Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
  • Heinz Hall

BARTÓK: Music for Strings, Percussion & Celesta   
SCHUBERT: Symphony No. 9, “The Great”   

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra welcomes back legendary conductor Christoph von Dohnányi in a fascinating combination of two works that highlight Dohnányi’s expertise in both the music of the Viennese classics and the music of the twentieth century.  Bartók’s Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta occupies a special place among Bartók’s compositions, not only for its fearlessly independent choice of instruments (two string orchestras divided spatially by a battery of percussion), but also for the intense expressiveness and vitality of the music.  Infused with the folk music of Bartók’s native homeland, the score comes alive in kaleidoscopic color – exotic scale combinations and rhythms that drive with tremendous energy, and in contrast, wondrously provocative and atmospheric “night music.”  Schubert’s “Great” C Major Symphony completes the program, an exultant and celebratory work that represents Schubert at his most aspirational. From its first triumphant horn call to the spirited finale, this work stands at the pinnacle of a young romantic composer carrying the torch that Beethoven had lit.

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