A Message from Your Conductor, José Luis Gomez: Playlist of Pieces in our Upcoming 2020–2021 MasterWorks Series.

The Tucson Symphony Orchestra MasterWorks Series has always given me, as Music Director, the opportunity to explore the repertoire in a way that helps develop the orchestra artistically. Part of this is because of the smaller setup of the orchestral forces and the Classical-period-focused repertoire.

In the next 2020–2021 season, we will continue to develop in that direction, continuing cycles of symphonies such as Brahms and Mozart. Moreover, we are giving to the cycle a more adventurous look by introducing works from the 20th century that are perfect for the MasterWorks setup. Works such as Rodion Shchedrin’s Carmen Suite and Peter Maxwell Davies’ An Orkney Wedding with Sunrise are perfect examples of that direction.

Please enjoy the selections I have made of some of those fantastic works. You will surely enjoy them even more when you listen to them played live with your Tucson Symphony Orchestra.

MasterWorks 2: Mozart Symphony No. 40
Nikolaus Harnoncourt / Wiener Philharmoniker

MasterWorks 3: Brahms Symphony No. 3
Paavo Järvi / Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie
Listen to one of the most beautiful movements of this fantastic symphony, the famous melancholic movement III Poco allegretto.

MasterWorks 4: An Orkney Wedding With Sunrise
Ben Gernon / Scottish Chamber Orchestra
At the beginning of this video you can listen to English composer Peter Maxwell Davies explain briefly this peculiar and fantastic piece.

MasterWorks 5: Schumann Symphony No.1, Spring
José Luis Gomez / Madrid Radio Television Symphony Orchestra
No comment about this but you can watch a conductor you might know 😉 a few few years ago (hairdo is much different).