Nashville Symphony Perform Beethoven, Schubert & Debussy
Thu., Nov. 18, 7 p.m., Fri., Nov. 19, 8 p.m. and Sat., Nov. 20, 8 p.m. 2010
Nashville Symphony conductor Giancarlo Guerrero has crafted an appealing concert around Beethoven's beautiful “Pastoral” Symphony No. 6, with a program that should appeal especially to fans of the orchestra's formidable woodwind section. Debussy's landmark Prélude à l'Après-midi d'un faune conjures a pastoral atmosphere of its own with wind-rich scoring, including its instantly recognizable flute solo. Schubert's transitional Symphony No. 6, completed in 1818 when the composer was 21, is less explicitly bucolic, but its prominent use of the winds as a group sits neatly alongside such famous windy passages in the Beethoven catalog as its evocation of birdsong by flute, oboe and clarinet. In his excellent recent book Audible Signs, Nashville composer Michael Alec Rose notes how composers have historically treated woodwinds as a “suggestion of Mother Nature's sweet airs and wayward clemency.” War Memorial's expansive acoustics should be a great setting for the evening's afflatus.