Next month will begin with several different opportunities to listen to András Schiff in multiple capacities, all in Davies Symphony Hall. Schiff’s visit to Davies will begin with the final solo recital in his three-concert series based on the late piano sonatas of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Joseph Haydn, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Franz Schubert. This will be the program of the last sonatas by all four of these composers. The first half will couple Haydn’s Hoboken XVI/52 sonata in E-flat major with Beethoven’s Opus 111 in C minor. The second half will then begin with Mozart’s K. 576 in D major, followed by Schubert’s D. 960 in B-flat major, a work of particularly extended architecture that may well have served as the basis for Robert Schumann’s comment about “Schubert’s heavenly length.”
This program will be given only one performance in Davies. It will take place at 7 p.m. on Sunday, October 4. Ticket prices range from $15 to $99. Tickets may be purchased through the event page for this concert on the San Francisco Symphony (SFS) Web site. They may also be purchased at the Davies Box Office on Grove Street between Van Ness Avenue and Franklin Street or by calling 415-864-6000.
Following that recital Schiff will remain in San Francisco to serve as both conductor and soloist for the week’s series of SFS subscription concerts. This program will continue Schiff’s explorations of the music of Haydn, Mozart, and Schubert. Schiff will perform as piano soloist in Mozart’s K. 595 concert in B-flat major, conducting SFS from the keyboard. He will then lead SFS and the SFS Chorus in a performance of Haydn’s Hoboken XXII/11 setting of the Mass text, often known as the “Lord Nelson” Mass. The vocal soloists will be soprano Anna Lucia Richter, contralto Britta Schwarz, tenor Werner Güra, and bass Robert Holt, all of whom will be making debut performances with SFS. For the remainder of the program, Schiff will return to the piano to accompany these soloists individually in a selection of Schubert’s songs. Translations of the texts set by Schubert will be projected on supertitles, as will the English version of the Mass text.
This program will receive three performances in Davies. They will all take place at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, October 7, Friday, October 9, and Saturday, October 10. Ticket prices range from $30 to $165. Tickets may be purchased through the event page for this concert on the SFS Web site. They may also be purchased at the Davies Box Office. The Inside Music pre-concert talk will be given by James Keller one hour prior to each performance. This event is free to all ticket holders, and the doors open fifteen minutes before the lecture begins. In addition a free podcast by KDFC’s Rik Malone about Haydn’s Mass setting will be available for live streaming from the Program Note Podcasts Web page.