"Bach Ascending," the first concert program, opens in the 18th century, with the first "Brandenburg Concerto" as well as a suite from Handel's "Water Music." Pianist Wu Han and cellist David Finckel, co-founders and co-artistic directors of the festival, said they are particularly excited about performing those pieces at Menlo for the first time.
Moving through the ages, programs include "Beethoven Launched," which also includes Haydn and Mozart; "Classical Twilight," featuring Schubert's "Winterreise" song cycle, with Han on piano; the "Romantic Revolution," with the music of Schumann, Chopin and Mendelssohn; and "Moscow to Montmartre," spanning such disparate composers as Rachmaninoff and Debussy.
"I've been drooling over that piece for a long time and finally feel I'm old enough to take the challenge," Han said of "Winterreise." Based on 24 poems by Wilhelm M
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