Recorded May 12 - 15, 2022, as part of the Texas Instruments Classical Series. Brought to you as part of the NEXT STAGE Digital Concert Series Presented by PNC.
FABIO LUISI conducts
ANGEL BLUE soprano
TAYLOR RAVEN mezzo-soprano
ISSACHAH SAVAGE tenor
SOLOMAN HOWARD bass-baritone
DALLAS SYMPHONY CHORUS – JOSHUA HABERMANN director
BRUCE ADOLPHE Diesen Kuss der ganzen Welt! (This Kiss to the Whole World!) | DALLAS PREMIERE
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 9, “Choral”
Bruce Adolphe is a composer, educator, performer and author whose “original compositions convey a compelling voice, high craft, authenticity, communicative immediacy and substance” (Gramophone).
Arguably, one of the most quoted pieces of music ever. Beethoven’s final symphony was revolutionary in its use of a full chorus and vocal soloists in the finale. At the point of its conception, Beethoven was completely deaf and experiencing major frustration, loneliness and depression, all expressed in the way the first movement moves from silence to sound.
The riveting scherzo has astounding fugal passages that some feel reflects Beethoven’s daily struggle to communicate with the outside world. The finale uses Schiller’s An die Freude (Ode to Joy) and expresses the humanistic idea that all people of this earth should love one another.
As a whole, the work is an epic summation of all of Beethoven’s genius!