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Seen and Heard International Concert Review
Debussy: Jeux, Ravel: Piano Concerto in G major, Mahler: Adagio from Symphony No. 10, Wagner: Siegfried's Rhine Journey, Stewart Goodyear, piano, San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor, Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, 6.4.2006 (HS)
This program goes on tour later this month
for performances in New York, Newark and Washington,
D.C. It's a good one, even if soprano Celine Schafer's
late cancellation scrapped Berg’s Lulu Suite.
That, the Adagio from Mahler's Symphony No. 10
and the Debussy bauble Jeux were there to demonstrate
how Wagner's music led to various stirrings of modernism.
As the program notes suggest, at the turn of the 20th
century, operating in Wagner's wake, different composers
responded in their own way to Wagner's pushing of the
compositional envelope. To hear Siegfried's Rhine
Journey after such disparate pieces as Debussy's
little ballet and Mahler's richly textured love poem
in the Adagio makes it clear.
(The dates for the orchestra's eastern tour are April 19-20 at Carnegie Hall in New York, April 21 in Newark and April 22 in Washington, D.C.)