Beethoven’s “Pastoral” Symphony throws open the gates to lush meadows, murmuring brooks, shepherds, and lively peasant dances. Composed as a surprise birthday gift for his wife, Bartók’s brilliant final work is infused with tender beauty, nostalgic reverie, and cheery high spirits, before catching fire for a fantastically exuberant finale. Ligeti’s Atmosphères, famously featured in 2001: A Space Odyssey, sets the stage.
Gustavo Gimeno, conductor
Javier Perianes, piano
Ligeti: Atmosphères for Orchestra
Wagner: Prelude to Act I of Lohengrin
Bartók: Piano Concerto No. 3
Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 “Pastoral”