San Francisco Symphony Performs Poulenc's Organ Concerto
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The last date listed for Poulenc's Organ Concerto was Wednesday April 22, 2009 / 8:00pm.
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Natalie Dessay is one of the world's most renowned sopranos, performing at the world's premier opera houses for more than two decades until her retirement from the operatic stage in 2013. A six time winner of the Victoires de la Musique, France's premier annual music awards, she also won a Laurence Olivier Award in 2008 for her work on the London stage. A brilliant and passionate singer, Dessay is known for her interpretations of German lieder and French songs, which she'll perform at Davies Symphony Hall accompanied by pianist Phillipe Cassard. The evening's program features music by Clara Schumann, Brahms and Poulenc, as well as Richard Strauss, Duparc, Fauré, and Debussy. Learn More
Reviews & Ratings
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It was a bookend evening, beginning with the lightweight and lowbrow L'Arlesienne. Tortelier's bizarre conducting antics looked more like Jumping-Jack aerobics -- but where was the beat? It was lackluster.
Really enjoyed the Poulenc. Great balance between the bombastic Ruffati and the achingly sweet harmonies from the string section.
Also enjoyed Nadya Tichman's interpretation of Vaughan Williams' Lark Ascending. So vulnerable, she held the audience in rapture. Great to have an audience silently focused on a performance! Tichman did a very nice job with this lovely piece.
Less convincing was Vaughn Williams' fourth symphony. He seemed to be reaching for Shostakovich, but just doesn't have it in him. He's more at home when he's melancholic and Tortalier lacked the punch to bring this one home.
<p>Yan Pascal Tortelier, conductor
Paul Jacobs, organ
Nadya Tichman, violin</p> <p>SFS favorite Tortelier conducts a great 20th-century symphony, supercharged music that grabs listeners, leads them through an inferno, and releases them to catch their breath. In his concerto, Poulenc redefines organ music. </p> <p>Free Inside Music talk by Michael Steinberg one hour prior to each concert. </p> <p>Program:
Bizet, Selections from L’Arlésienne
Poulenc, Organ Concerto in G minor
Vaughan Williams, The Lark Ascending
Vaughan Williams, Symphony No. 4</p>