Peninsula Symphony ends season with a bang: Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony featured in Cupertino concert

Isabella Perron turned 13 years old less than three months ago, but handled Glazunov's intricate Violin Concerto with aplomb.

Ludwig van Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony isn’t actually the biggest or longest symphony ever written. It is, however, the greatest monument of the symphonic repertoire, the one that Beethoven spent over 20 years preparing himself to write. This is the work with which the Peninsula Symphony chose to end its current concert season. I heard the performance at Flint Center in Cupertino last Saturday.

Music director Mitchell Sardou Klein led a big, grand, rather old-fashioned performance with as much of an epic quality as his musicians could bring to it. The suspenseful first movement and abrupt scherzo were dramatic and thundering. The Adagio was so slow and expansive that it felt like the largest part of the symphony. And the choral finale, the “Ode to Joy,” was broad and stately, with long pauses to gather itself every time the music changes gears, which it does frequently.

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