John Adams conducts Elgar and other surprises during National Symphony residency
Three years ago, he conducted the Baltimore Symphony in a potent program that featured one of his most profound pieces, "The Wound-Dresser," and Beethoven's Seventh. The latter didn't seem all that surprising a choice for Adams, given the almost minimalistic reiteration of some thematic ideas in that score.
But I must say I was a little surprised, and certainly intrigued, by what Adams will be conducting during his two-week residency at the National Symphony.
This week's lineup offers
Next week, two big Adams works, "The Dharma at Big Sur" and "Dr. Atomic" Symphony are on the bill (the BSO played "Dharma" in 2007 and will tackle "Dr. Atomic" next season), along with Stravinsky's "Feu d'Artifice" and the Four Sea Interludes from Britten's "Peter Grimes." Both programs are loaded with potential.
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