Andris Nelsons conducts
Gubaidulina and Shostakovich
Joining Latvian violinist Baiba Skride are Dutch cellist Harriet Krijgh and Swiss bayanist Elsbeth Moser, both making their BSO debuts.
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- Brian Bell spends a minute introducing one of the highlights of the BSO season, February 23-25, 2017.
- Audio Concert Preview, written by Robert Kirzinger.
- BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons speaks with Brian Bell about the Shostakovich 7th Symphony, which will be performed February 23-25, 2017.
- Composer Sofia Gubaidulina, whose Triple Concerto is receiving its world premiere February 23-25, 2017, is interviewed by Brian Bell, and translated by Laurel Fay.
- Video Podcast: A deeper understanding of Shostakovich's
Symphony No. 7, Leningrad.
Andris Nelsons, conductor
Baiba Skride, violin
Harriet Krijgh, cello
Elsbeth Moser, bayan
Sofia GUBAIDULINA - Triple Concerto for violin, cello, and bayan
(World premiere; BSO co-commission) (30 min)
SHOSTAKOVICH - Symphony No. 7, Leningrad (75 min)
Sofia Gubaidulina, acclaimed as one of the most significant
composers in the world today, was encouraged in her career early on
by Dmitri Shostakovich. She wrote her Triple Concerto (a BSO
co-commission receiving its world premiere at these concerts) for
the unusual combination of violin, cello, and bayan, a type of
accordion often employed by Gubaidulina and a mainstay of Russian
folk music. Joining Latvian violinist Baiba Skride are Dutch
cellist Harriet Krijgh and Swiss bayanist Elsbeth Moser, both
making their BSO debuts. Shostakovich wrote his Seventh Symphony,
Leningrad, as a tribute to the peoples' fortitude in the
face of the German Army's long and destructive siege of that city
during World War II. Serge Koussevitzky led the first U.S. concert
performances of the piece with the Tanglewood Music Center
Orchestra in August 1942, following the NBC Symphony's radio
broadcast premiere under Toscanini the previous month. The present
performances continue Andris Nelsons' and the BSO's survey of the
complete Shostakovich symphonies, which are being recorded for