April 27 - May 2, Tchaikovsky, Takemitsu and Shostakovich
Andris Nelsons conducts Tchaikovsky,
Takemitsu and Shostakovich featuring violinist Anne-Sophie
Continuing Andris Nelsons' and the BSO's traversal of the complete Shostakovich symphonies is the composer's Symphony No. 6.
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Program notes are generally posted the week of the performance date.
- Brian Bell spends a couple of minutes sampling the program of Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky and Takemitsu, to be performed April 27 to May 2, 2017.
- Audio Concert Preview Written by Robert Kirzinger.
- BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons chats with Brian Bell about the program of April 27-May 2, 2017.
- Video Podcast- Shostakovich Symphony No. 6. By Anthony Princiotti
- Video Podcast- Program Video Preview by Anthony Princiotti
- Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter speaks with Brian Bell about Takemitsu and Tchaikovsky, which she'll be playing April 27-May 2, 2017.
Andris Nelsons, conductor
Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin
SHOSTAKOVICH Festive Overture, Op. 96 (06)
TCHAIKOVSKY Violin Concerto (36 min)
TAKEMITSU Nostalghia (In Memory of Andrei Tarkovskij), for violin and strings (17 min)
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 6 (34 min)
Continuing Andris Nelsons' and the BSO's traversal of the complete Shostakovich symphonies is the composer's Symphony No. 6, composed on the eve of World War II and following on the unmitigated success of his Symphony No. 5. Although overshadowed by the Fifth and Seventh (Leningrad), the Sixth is unmistakably Shostakovich in its sardonic humor and melancholy slow movement. The superb German violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter opens the concert with Tchaikovsky's evergreen Violin Concerto, among the most popular works in the repertoire. Known for her exploration of contemporary repertoire, Ms. Mutter also performs Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu's 1987 homage to the phenomenal Russian film director Andrei Tarkovsky. Takemitsu, himself a celebrated film composer, titled this atmospheric piece for violin and strings after one of Tarkovsky's late masterpieces.