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Andris Nelsons conducts Shostakovich with Yo-Yo Ma, cello

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

Andris Nelsons, conductor
Yo-Yo Ma, cello

Cello Concerto No. 1
Symphony No. 11, The Year 1905

A part of our series looking at the music and times of Dmitri Shostakovich and how the composer folded messages of revolution and resistance into his music during a politically turbulent time. Yo-Yo Ma brings the specter of resistance to the stage. Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto is a prime example of the composer using music to protest an authoritarian regime; the cello stands defiant against the orchestra, often playing out its own theme not reflected in the ensemble, until it disseminates into a wild cadenza and is whisked away into a sudden abrupt end.

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Apr 11, 2025, 8:00pm EDT

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