Emotions run wild as MTT leads a program of lush splendor, culminating in one of the most grandiose symphonies in history. Straight from the pages of Goethe, the heroic story of Egmont becomes a compact tone poem in the hands of Beethoven. Formidable flutist Paula Robison returns for two works, one a virtuosic delicacy by MTT himself. Written specifically for Robison, Notturno pairs the dedicatee’s soaring lines with a gentle harp and string quintet to channel old world Italian lyricism. MTT then takes the podium for an impassioned symphony by Sibelius, whose first foray into the genre deftly captures all of the sweeping emotion of Romanticism alongside Classicism’s fine traditions.

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