Schumann's Soul-Stirring Fourth Symphony
A composer of profound lyricism and aural poetry, Schumann became one of the Romantic Era's most imaginative and prolific composers. When an injury put an end to his dreams of becoming a piano virtuoso he turned his considerable talents to composing. Turning out works at a blistering pace (one four-month composing stint yielded a staggering 150 pieces), the composer wove together his experiences of travel, poetry, literature, visual arts and music to create fantastical dreamscapes that transport listener to worlds other than our own.
As part of their 2017/18 Schumann Focus Series, Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Philharmonic present the tragic overture of composer's only operatic work Genoveva, as well as his uplifting and uniquely structured cello concerto, featuring the technical prowess of award-winning Argentinian cellist Sol Gabetta. The program closes with the rhythmic verve, colorful melodies and soul-stirring drama Schumann's Fourth Symphony.