Illustration by Dennis Bolt

Schumann’s Reawakened Masterpieces

October 14–17, 2021

We return to live performance in grand style, with music from one of the greatest composers of the Romantic era, and finally welcome Music Director Richard Egarr for his first in-person performances since his appointment. Added to all this joy, we welcome the distinctive and engaging violinist Shunske Sato as he makes his PBO debut.

SCHUMANN Concerto for Violin in D minor
SCHUMANN Requiem, Op. 148
Richard Egarr, conductor
Shunske Sato, violin
Amanda Forsythe, soprano
Kelley O’Connor, mezzo-soprano
Brenden Gunnell, tenor
Joshua Bloom, bass
Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale

The degree of exquisitely joyful listening has nevertheless completely bowled me over."

Gramophone

About Schumann’s Reawakened Masterpieces

We return to live performance in grand style with music from one of the greatest composers of the Romantic era, and finally welcome Music Director Richard Egarr for his first in-person performances since his appointment. Added to all this joy, we welcome the distinctive and engaging violinist Shunske Sato as he makes his PBO debut.

We’ve all read about music that’s been rediscovered thanks to a find on a dusty forgotten shelf, but how about music that has been re-found thanks to a…seance? That’s the alleged story of how Schumann’s forgotten concerto came to be discovered in 1933, with the Swedish Ambassador to London apparently receiving a series of psychic messages as to its whereabouts.

Thanks to their efforts today we can appreciate this work as a fascinating ‘missing link’ between the Beethoven and Brahms concertos, as well for its satisfyingly rich melodies and noble grandeur.

The concerto is accompanied here by a further rarity, Schumann’s hauntingly beautiful Requiem, a fantastic showcase for our beloved Philharmonia Chorale of 24 voices as we welcome them back to the stage.

The Music

SCHUMANN Concerto for Violin in D minor
SCHUMANN Requiem, Op. 148

Program Notes

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Schumann’s Reawakened Masterpieces

THU 10/14/21
8:00 p.m.
Herbst Theatre, San Francisco
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FRI 10/15/21
7:30 p.m.
First United Methodist Church, Palo Alto
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SAT 10/16/21
8:00 p.m.
First Congregational Church, Berkeley
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SUN 10/17/21
4:00 p.m.
First Congregational Church, Berkeley
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