Titled after the Hebrew word forface, sign, or beautiful vision, young composer/conductor Matthias Pintscher's 2011 mosaic-like violin concerto Mar'eh weaves together delicate, ultra-precise solo passages with unusual playing techniques for the orchestra. Pintscher--whose works NSO Music Director Christoph Eschenbach has helped champion--leads the NSO in the work's U.S. premiere featuring "first-rate" (The Chicago Tribune) violinist Karen Gomyo. The program also includes Fauré's Pelléas et Mélisande Suite, and Ravel's complete Daphnis et Chloé.
Alice Weinreb, NSO flute, on the program: "I love playing Ravel's Daphnis and Chloé. It has challenging flute parts for all four players in our section: two flutes, piccolo, and alto flute, including the most famous orchestral flute solo in the literature. The piece is colorful and inspiring and makes the whole orchestra sound lush and exciting. Fauré's Pelléas et Mélisande Suite is also a favorite of mine; it's the essence of French elegance. I'm also intrigued to have Matthias Pintscher, a wonderful composer, conducting both of these great French works, as well as a new violin concerto of his own. It's always great to have a direct line from composer to the orchestra."
Adriana Horne, NSO principal harp, on the program: "Getting to play Fauré and Ravel is always such a treat as a harpist! In particular, Ravel's Daphnis et Chloé is so beautiful and one of my favorite pieces to play. I'm also excited for the U.S. premiere of Matthias Pintscher's violin concerto Mar'eh."
Performance Timing: Part One - 42 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Part Two - 55 min. AfterWords: Thu., Feb. 19 performance followed by a free discussion with the artists and NSO Director of Artistic Planning Nigel Boon.