Mendelssohn Symphony 3 “Scottish”
A wistful introduction evokes the wind-swept highlands, somber and serious, culminating with roiling gathering storm clouds. The mood is lightened by the bouncing “reel” of the second movement.
Brahms Symphony 3
Starting from its uplifting three opening chords, it spins you along with its intense, never-ending movement. As always, Brahms stirs the deepest level of our emotions.
Schubert symphony 4 “Tragic”
The slow introduction portrays the work’s nickname, then the fast section is pushed ahead by an accented off-beat melody, with tearing glissandos. It lives up to Schubert’s reputation as a wonderful writer of melodies.
Vaughan-Williams “Sea Symphony”
This work evokes the many seasons and moods of the sea. The opening fanfare is followed by a full chorus singing “behold the sea…” continuing with scales billowing like waves undergirding vocal solos.