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Kennedy Center announces its 2019-20 classical music season

Gianandrea Noseda and the National Symphony Orchestra are going places.

In 2020, conductor and orchestra are performing and recording all nine Beethoven symphonies over 18 days, part of the worldwide commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth. Over another 18 days, they’ll tour Japan and China. And this November, they’ll travel to New York’s Lincoln Center, with Christine Goerke and Stephen Gould singing Act II of Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde.”

Those are some of the highlights of the Kennedy Center’s classical season in 2019-2020, announced Monday by the administrative and artistic heads of the NSO, the Washington National Opera and the Fortas Chamber Concerts.

As Beethoven saturates the field in 2020, it’s nice that the NSO is offering the cycle in such a concentrated form. Doing all of the symphonies together, Noseda said last week, “makes the challenge even higher, how to build up this monument, this cathedral, from note one of the first symphony to the last note of the Ninth.” Noseda came to wide international attention the last time he performed the cycle in 2005 with the BBC Philharmonic, and set records in the then-infant medium of digital downloads.

“For a conductor,” he said, “it is always nice to go back and see how those pieces have developed in your life.”

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