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Onstage — Pass the Bruckner: Bruckner 4 “Romantic”

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Posted: Friday, January 17, 2014 5:00 am

James Feddeck, who last year received the prestigious Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award, assumes the Santa Fe Symphony’s podium at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 19, at the Lensic Performing Arts Center (211 W. San Francisco St.) to lead works by Mozart and Bruckner. Mozart’s motet “Exsultate, jubilate,” one of his earliest works to have entered the standard repertoire, will be sung by soprano Rachel Hall, who delighted audiences last summer as Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro at Santa Fe Opera. Bruckner endowed only one of his symphonies with a nickname: his Fourth, to which he appended the title “Romantic.” The piece is indeed rich in romantic allusions, and some years after composing it Bruckner penned a scenario involving medieval towers, knights on steeds, murmuring forests, festive hunters, and so on — perhaps a retroactive description rather than a narrative that had actually inspired the music. He wrote this symphony in 1874 but revised it repeatedly through 1888; this performance uses a recently published edition by musicologist Benjamin Korstvedt that seems to reflect the final composer-approved score. Tickets ($20 to $70; discounts available) can be purchased from the symphony (505-983-1414; www.santafesymphony.org) and from www.ticketssantafe.org (505-988-1234). A preconcert lecture at 3 p.m. is free to ticket holders.

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