Schubert: The Sublime
Sun, March 24 @ 3:00 pm
Pacific Chamber Orchestra
Ravel’s dreamy opening becomes lively and buoyant on the strings of a harp and ends in a delightful afternoon of musical conversation. Françaix begins his piece in the French countryside — tranquil, calm, relaxing strings. As Dixtuor closes, it’s as if birdcalls wake us for a brisk walk back to the city. Next, the exuberant opening in Shubert’s Octet moves into a silver-lined melody for the clarinet and continues through a walking-bass which lightens your heart; it ends on notes of jubilant delight. This piece demonstrates Schubert’s genius for translating the human experience of nature into music.
“Appealingly transparent textures…” Contra Costa Times