To close Thursday’s performance, Meja brought out Schumann’s Symphony No. 4, a work meant to be played without pause, each movement flowing into the next. This was a radical idea when Schumann composed the work in the early 1840s — the ASO performed the common revised version, which the composer completed himself, from 1851. This symphony served as a callback to the searching ideas and themes in Lee’s composition, though the Schumann starts not with a bang, but with slow, interlocking lines that create a foreboding theme in D minor. The sinewy chromaticisms brim with emotion, and the ASO captured this heart-on-the-page writing.
The emotion, and exuberance, of performance is certainly present at Symphony Hall. As vaccine acceptance continues and delta variant infections wane, I hope more listeners can be struck by the sheer joy of hearing in-person ASO performances once again.
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra with Midori
8 p.m. Oct. 21. Additional performances at 8 p.m. on Oct. 23 and 3 p.m. on Oct. 24. $45-$120. Symphony Hall, 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 404-733-5000, aso.org.