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Andris Nelsons conducts Bernstein and Shostakovich featuring pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet

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BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons continues the orchestra's season-long celebration of Leonard Bernstein's centennial with the composer's Symphony No. 2, Age of Anxiety, which features a dynamic, jazz-influenced piano part eminently suited to the style of this week's soloist, Jean-Yves Thibaudet. Following intermission comes Dmitri Shostakovich's Symphony No. 4, which continues the BSO and Andris Nelson's multi-season survey of the composer's complete symphonies. Shostakovich completed this dark but powerfully majestic work in 1936, but fears of official Soviet condemnation following a scathing criticism of his opera Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk led him to cancel the symphony's premiere. The Fourth was first performed only in 1961.

Featured Performers

Andris   Nelsons, conductor Andris Nelsons, conductor Jean- Yves  Thibaudet, piano Jean- Yves Thibaudet, piano
Program Notes Audio
BERNSTEIN - Symphony No. 2, The Age of Anxiety
SHOSTAKOVICH - Symphony No. 4