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National Symphony Orchestra: Noseda conducts Brahms's Fourth Symphony

Thursday, May 17, 2018 - Saturday, May 19, 2018

National Symphony Orchestra

In his final concerts of the season, Gianandrea Noseda leads a program unified by J.S. Bach. The program includes Berio's take on Bach's unfinished Contrapunctus XIX, plus two more Bach-influenced works: Berg's Violin Concerto featuring James Ehnes and Brahms's Symphony No. 4. Saturday's performance is available in a video player on this page and on Medici.tv. See below.

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In his final concerts of the season, Gianandrea Noseda leads a program unified by J.S. Bach. The program includes Berio's take on Bach's unfinished Contrapunctus XIX, plus two more Bach-influenced works: Berg's Violin Concerto featuring James Ehnes and Brahms's Symphony No. 4.

WATCH THE FULL PERFORMANCE ONLINE
See the full concert in the video player below, or on Facebook Live or Medici.tv.



NSO Music Director Gianandrea Noseda's notes on the program:
"I have a particular love for the concept behind my last program of the season. The thread connecting each of these three works is Johann Sebastian Bach, though he did not live to see a single one performed.
Berio’s Contrapunctus XIX, one of his last finished pieces, was a continuation of the unfinished contrapunctus from the end of Bach’s The Art of the Fugue. Instead of expanding upon the piece traditionally, he sustains the last notes that Bach left in a way hauntingly reminiscent of a “flatlining” vital monitor. Berg’s Violin Concerto, a moving memorial of his friend’s young daughter, finishes with variations on Bach’s chorale “Ich habe genug” (“I have enough”). As for Brahms, the final movement of this Fourth Symphony—the last he composed—employs the Baroque passacaglia form, specifically from Bach’s cantata “Nach Dir, Herr, verlanget mich” (“I long to be near you, Lord”). Since I begin our season together with a passacaglia, I believe this offers a fitting ending. For this program filled with stirring musical conclusions, I look forward to bringing forth everything I have learned in my first season as your music director."

Performance Timing: Part One - 35 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Part Two - 40 min.

AfterWords
Immediately following the Thu., May 17 performance
Stay after the performance for an insightful discussion with the some of the exciting guest artists and NSO musicians featured on the night's program, moderated by NSO Director of Artistic Planning Nigel Boon. You may even have an opportunity to ask a question! Look for even more of these offerings throughout the season; each AfterWords is free with your concert ticket.

Watch and Listen

Meet Noseda: Discovering the Music

Meet Noseda: Conducting Style

Meet Noseda: Beginnings

Meet Noseda: Bringing People Together