Review: San Diego Symphony performance of Farrenc’s Symphony No. 3

Posted on: February 16, 2022

“On Saturday afternoon, the [San Diego Symphony] appeared at the Foothills United Methodist Church in La Mesa as part of its Music Connects series,” writes Christian Hertzog in Sunday’s (2/13) San Diego Union-Tribune. Held at various San Diego County venues while Copley Symphony Hall undergoes upgrades, “These concerts are notable for having no admission charge, free parking and repertory by underrepresented composers. The main offering on Saturday’s program was a revealing performance of the Symphony No. 3 in G minor by Louise Farrenc [1804-75].” Also on the program was Beethoven’s “Coriolan” Overture. “If you’re unfamiliar with Farrenc’s music, you are not alone…. Farrenc’s three symphonies … were unpublished until 1998. Farrenc’s Symphony No. 3 … provides enjoyable contrasts and travels to unexpected keys…. Its themes are masterfully developed…. The San Diego Symphony … gave an impactful performance. Normally third-chair players, oboist Andrea Overturf, clarinetist Frank Renk and bassoonist Leyla Zamora all made the most of their solo moments…. The musicians were ably conducted by Stefano Sarzani…. This program was presented earlier that morning in the same space and in the evening at First Presbyterian Church of San Diego. Upcoming concerts … feature rarities by William Grant Still, Ethel Smyth and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor.”