Gimeno & Toronto Symphony Orchestra

Featuring Emily D'Angelo

2024-05-05 20:00 2024-05-05 23:00 60 Canada/Eastern 🎟 NAC: Gimeno & Toronto Symphony Orchestra

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For one night only, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) takes the stage of Southam Hall, joined by acclaimed Italian Canadian mezzo-soprano Emily D’Angelo, who will perform music from her 2021 album enargeia, released on Deutsche Grammophon. “One of the world’s special young singers,” “wondrous and powerful” (The New York Times), winner of the 2020 Lincoln Center Emerging Artist award, one of Canada’s “Top 30 under 30”: these are just a few...

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Southam Hall,1 Elgin Street,Ottawa,Canada
Sunday, May 5, 2024

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New work for TSO


Song cycle for Emily D’Angelo


Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68

I. Un poco sostenuto – Allegro
II. Andante sostenuto
III. Un poco allegretto e grazioso
IV. Adagio – Allegro non troppo ma con brio

In 1862 Clara Schumann received from Johannes Brahms (1833–1897) a sketch for the first movement of a symphony. The music “is rather tough,” she reported to a friend, “but I soon got used to it.” As Clara knew, the musical world was waiting for a symphony from Brahms. As it turned out, the world had to wait until 1876 to hear it.

In its final form the First Symphony begins with a towering tragic introduction, grounded on the throbbing timpani that was the Brahmsian fate-motif. Then begins a driving “Allegro” whose churning intensity never flags.

In form, the second movement is a conventional ABA “Andante,” but the voice is inimitably Brahms in its lyricism and intimacy. Instead of the usual scherzo, next comes a kind of symphonic movement that he invented, a blithe and breezy “intermezzo.”

The finale completes the symphony’s course from darkness and tragedy to joy and triumph. It begins in a cloudy and searching C minor. The end of the search arrives in a burst of C major sunshine, with a soaring alpenhorn theme in the horn. That leads to the movement proper, founded on an unforgettable chorale melody. The coda is a sustained exaltation.

Program note by Jan Swafford


  •  ©Marco Borggreve
    Conductor Gustavo Gimeno
  • Emily d’Angelo ©Emily d’Angelo
    mezzo-soprano Emily D’Angelo
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    Featuring Toronto Symphony Orchestra