Pablo Heras-Casado

Schubert and Berlioz

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A “wonderful” concert? Here the adjective is certainly appropriate. The music in today's concert strikes to the core of what is archetypically Romantic. For most listeners, "Romanticism" ends with Richard Strauss, but it actually refers to music up to 1850. Here we encounter a gentle artistic approach that is centered around the miracle, around summer nights and the ray of sunlight that kisses a drop of morning dew. Berlioz devoted his song cycle to the nights, and we encounter the morning ray in the first bars of Schubert's Fifth Symphony. Before them, we hear night and despair in the celebrated Eighth, whose nickname "Unfinished" points to something central about the period: the essence of the Romantic is the sketch. Our musicians have been hand-picked for the project. Rather than look back on such wonders from the late Wagner, we can look ahead to them from Johann Sebastian Bach, who along with Shakespeare was one of the great rediscoveries of the Romantics.

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Franz Schubert
Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D. 759 (“Unfinished”)

Hector Berlioz
Les Nuits d’été, op. 7 Six songs with small orchestra

Franz Schubert
Symphony No. 5 in B-flat major, D. 485

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