Over the River and Through the Woods to a ‘Pastoral’ Thanksgiving
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
On a day when many New Yorkers travel out of the city to celebrate Thanksgiving in a more pastoral setting, we are celebrating Beethoven’s tribute to country life: Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, “Pastoral.”
It was an incredibly tight race all morning between a classic version of this symphony with George Szell conducting the Cleveland Orchestra, and a performance on original instruments with John Eliot Gardiner conducting the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique. After a last-minute surge, you chose the ORR and we played it at noon.