Earlier this month the San Francisco Symphony (SFS) and Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas (MTT) announced several changes to the programming for the 2013–14 season at Davies Symphony Hall. For the benefit of those who like to choose their ticket selections on the basis of repertoire, I shall review the most significant of the changes. These will be given, for the most part, in chronological order.
September 18–21: The performance of Gustav Mahler’s third symphony in D minor will be replaced by one of his ninth symphony in D major; the third symphony will be performed at the concerts between February 27 and March 2.
October 3: Details for the chamber music program to be performed during the visit of Thomas Adès have been announced. Baritone John Brancy will join SFS musicians, and Adès will perform on both harpsichord and piano. The program selections are as follows:
- Thomas Adès Sonata da caccia for Oboe, Horn, and Harpsichord
- Debussy Sonata for Flute, Viola, and Harp
- Ravel Chansons madécasses for Voice, Flute, and Cello
- Thomas Adès Piano Quintet
October 13: The chamber music program will include a performance of Felix Mendelssohn’s Opus 18 string quintet in A major by violinists John Chisholm and Diane Nicholeris, violists Matthew Young and Gina Feinauer, and cellist Barbara Andres.
October 15: The program for Yuja Wang’s Great Performer Series piano recital will be as follows:
- Prokofiev Piano Sonata No. 3, Opus 28
- Chopin Piano Sonata No. 2, Opus 58
- Chopin Nocturne in C-sharp minor, Opus 27 no.1
- Chopin Fantasy in F minor, Opus 49
- Stravinsky Three Movements from “Petrushka”
November 3: The chamber music program at the Legion of Honor will be as follows:
- Mozart Piano Sonata in D major, K. 311
- Prokofiev Violin Sonata No. 2 in D major, Opus 94b
- Schumann Piano Quintet in E-flat major, Opus 44
December 1: The chamber music selections and performers have been announced as follows:
- Michael Haydn Divertimento for Viola, Cello, and Bass (David Kim viola, Amos Yang cello, Charles Chandler bass)
- Catoire Piano Quartet in A minor (Victor Romasevich violin, Nancy Ellis viola, Jill Brindel cello, Marilyn Thompson piano)
- Tchaikovsky String Sextet in D minor, Opus 70 (Chen Zhao violin, Chunming Mo violin, Yun Jie Liu viola, Christina King viola, Amos Yang cello, Margaret Tait cello)
December 14: John Lithgow will be the narrator for “Peter and the Wolf.”
January 8–11: Beethoven’s first symphony (Opus 21 in C major) will be replaced by his seventh (Opus 92 in A major).
January 12: The chamber music selections and performers have been announced as follows:
- Paganini Guitar Quartet No. 15 in A minor, MS 42 (Raushan Akhmedyarova violin, Matthew Young viola, David Goldblatt cello, Sean Samini guitar)
- Janáček String Quartet No. 1, Kreutzer Sonata (Chen Zhao violin, Amy Hiraga violin, Yun Jie Liu viola, Peter Wyrick cello)
- Vaughan Williams Phantasy Quintet (Kelly Leon-Pearce violin, Chunming Mo violin, Gina Feinauer viola, Christina King viola, Barbara Bogatin cello)
- Brahms Clarinet Trio in A minor, Opus 114 (Jerome Simas clarinet, Sébastien Gingras cello, Robin Sutherland piano)
January 15–18: The vocalists for the Beethoven concert will be soprano Joélle Harvey, tenor William Burden, and bass-baritone Shenyang
February 2: The Great Performers Series concert by the Kremerata Baltica will be conducted by Gidon Kreme, and the bass soloist will be Alexei Mochalov.
February 9: The chamber music selections and performers have been announced as follows:
- Mozart Duo for Violin and Viola in G major, K.423 (Yukiko Kurakata violin, Matthew Young viola)
- Mozart Clarinet Quintet in A major, K.581 (Diane Nicholeris violin, John Chisholm violin, Christina King viola, Barbara Andres cello, Jerome Simas clarinet)
- Schoenberg Verklärte Nacht, Opus 4 (Nadya Tichman violin, Amy Hiraga violin, Nancy Ellis viola, David Kim viola, Peter Wyrick cello, Sébastien Gingras cello)
February 23: The chamber music program at the Legion of Honor will be as follows:
- Mozart String Quintet in G minor, K. 516
- Brahms String Sextet No. 2 in G major, Opus 36
February 27–March 2: This is the rescheduled date for the Mahler third symphony (see September 18–21).
March 12: In her Great Performers Series concert with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel, pianist Yuja Wang will perform Sergei Rachmaninoff’s third piano concerto (Opus 30 in D minor), rather than his first (Opus 1 in F-sharp major).
March 15: Soprano Natalie Dessary will give a recital accompanied only by pianist Phillipe Cassard.
April 13: The chamber music selections and performers have been announced as follows:
- Mozart Quintet in E-flat major for Piano and Winds, K.452 (Garrick Ohlsson piano and wind players to be announced)
- Shostakovich Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Opus 67 (David Chernyavsky violin, Sébastien Gingras cello, Asya Gulua piano)
- Nathaniel Stookey Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano (Yun Chu violin, Margaret Tait cello, Marc Shapiro piano)
- Brahms String Quintet in G major, Opus 111 (Melissa Kleinbart violin, Dan Carlson violin, Katie Kadarauch viola, Gina Feinauer viola, Amos Yang cello)
May 11: The chamber music program at the Legion of Honor will be two piano trios, both performed by Alexander Barantschik on violin, Michael Grebanier on cello, and Anton Nel on piano:
- Brahms Piano Trio in C major, Opus 87
- Shostakovich Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Opus 67
June 8: The chamber music selections and performers have been announced as follows:
- Bax String Quartet in G major (Yukiko Kurakata violin, Cathryn Down violin, Christina King viola, David Goldblatt cello)
- Dvořák Piano Trio No. 4 in E minor, Opus 90, Dumky (Nadya Tichman violin, Amos Yang cello, Robin Sutherland piano)
- Shostakovich Piano Quintet in G minor, Opus 57 Florin Parvulescu violin, Chen Zhao violin, Jonathan Vinocour viola, Sébastien Gingras cello, Kirill Gerstein piano)
June 12–15: Violinist Gil Shaham will replace violinist Janine Jansen, performing Sergei Prokofiev’s Opus 63 concerto in G minor, rather than the Shostakovitch Opus 77 in A minor.