Andris Nelsons conducts J.S. Bach, Berg and Shostakovich featuring violinist Isabelle Faust
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Boston Symphony Hall
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Andris Nelsons leads this intriguing program of seemingly disconnected works. Two of the most important works of the 20th century, Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5 and Alban Berg's Violin Concerto were composed within two years of one another. Shostakovich's symphony, which follows a trajectory from darkness to triumph, has long been considered his reaction to official condemnation of his music by the Soviet government, but the reality is far subtler than that.Alban Berg's Violin Concerto was composed as a memorial to eighteen-year-old Manon Gropius (daughter of Walter Gropius and Alma Mahler); the entire work is suffused with elegy. Its second movement quotes Bach's chorale Es ist genug, which has deep musical connections to Berg's piece. That brief Bach chorale from Cantata No. 60, as well as the short motet Komm, Jesu, komm!, open and set the tone for this program.
After the concert, Andris Nelsons will be signing copies of the BSO's latest Deutsche Grammophon release "Shostakovich Under Stalin's Shadow," in Higginson Hall.
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