Adagio for Strings
mozart Symphony No. 35, "Haffner"
Symphony No. 4
Benjamin Zander, conductor
Sofia fomina, soprano
As with the BPO, the first concert of the BPYO season is a direct response to the experiences we have all shared during the past year. Separated from each other for so long, we will return to Symphony Hall to hear the 70+ string players of the BPYO perform Barber’s heart-rending Adagio. From Barber’s sadness, we will move to Mozart’s exuberant symphony, the “Haffner.” No one can better help us celebrate life itself than Mozart, with his vitality, joy, and virtuosity (“as fast as possible” in the last movement, he urged the performers). Any suggestion that we could remain downcast is swept away. Mozart told his father that he rejoiced when he had an orchestra of 40 violins. With the BPYO, he will have 42!
And then Mahler’s Fourth—Mahler’s shortest and most appealing symphony. During this past year, each member of the BPYO had the opportunity to look at music as if from the point of view of the conductor. The piece we studied in detail each week on Zoom was Mahler’s Fourth. Each member had his or her own conducting score, as we delved deeply into the meaning and challenges of this exquisite masterpiece. Now they getto play it in Symphony Hall!
Light and charming on the surface, yet constantly plumbing the deep recesses, it is a vision of life and ofthe after-life, as seen from the viewpoint of a child who has suffered deprivation in this world, only to discover overflowing abundance in the next. The Fourth Symphony is possibly the most beautiful composition Mahler ever wrote. Leading Covent Garden soprano, Sofia Fomina, who can be heard on the recent London Philharmonic recording with Vladimir Jurowski, in her Boston debut is our “as to the manner born” soloist.
Samuel Barber Adagio for Strings - 8 minutes
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Symphony No. 35, Haffner - 20 minutes
All dates, repertoire, venues, and artists subject to change.