TAKEMITSU Air (for solo flute)
PROKOFIEV Visions fugitives, Opus 22a (15 movements for piano arranged by Rudolf Barshai for string orchestra)
DEBUSSY Syrinx (for solo flute)
POULENC Organ Concerto (for organ, strings, and timpani)
This episode looks at contrasts and musical impressions. Opening with a solitary flute and concluding with the largest and grandest of all pipe instruments, a quartet of musical works speak to the ethereal and momentary nature of music.
Principal flute Joshua Smith performs two exquisitely enigmatic pieces for solo flute — Japanese composer Tōru Takemitsu’s Air and French composer Claude Debussy’s tender Syrinx evoking mythical beauty.
Between these, Franz Welser-Möst leads The Cleveland Orchestra strings in Prokofiev’s whimsical and effervescent Visions fugitives, drawn from an early cycle of piano miniatures. The program concludes with a thundering performance of the 20th century’s most intriguing organ concerto played by Paul Jacobs, “a virtuoso of dazzling technical acumen” (The New York Times).