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Shostakovich, Rachmaninoff and Mahler 

Boston Symphony Orchestra

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Soprano Kristine Opolais returns to Symphony Hall as soloist in Mahler's mellifluous Symphony No. 4, a musical journey from earth to heaven that is also the last of Mahler's symphonies to use words from the folk poetry collection Des Knaben Wunderhorn (Youth's Magic Horn). On this same program, Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes performs Rachmaninoff's last piano concerto, the Fourth, which the composer worked on over the course of ten or more years before giving the premiere in Philadelphia in 1927. Even after that he revised the piece extensively twice, creating the final version in 1941. Opening the concert is a suite of orchestral music from Shostakovich's score for Grigory Kozintsev's 1941 stage production of Shakespeare's King Lear, to be recorded for the BSO's ongoing Shostakovich cycle under Andris Nelsons for Deutsche Grammophon.

Featured Performers

Andris   Nelsons, conductor Andris Nelsons, conductor Leif Ove  Andsnes, piano Leif Ove Andsnes, piano
Kristine    Opolais, soprano Kristine Opolais, soprano
Program Notes Audio
SHOSTAKOVICH - Suite from the incidental music to King Lear (13 min)
RACHMANINOFF - Piano Concerto No. 4 (25 min)
MAHLER - Symphony No. 4 (58 min)
Audio Concert Preview - Program Notes