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Andris Nelsons conducts Shostakovich with Baiba Skride, violin

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

Andris Nelsons, conductor
Baiba Skride, violin

Violin Concerto No. 1
Symphony No. 8

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. Latvian violinist Baiba Skride brings her signature dulcet tones to Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1. This work is a deeply personal one, influenced by the composer’s fear of the Soviet censors and actual encounters with restrictive directives from the government. These bitter feelings toward the regime especially color the third and fourth movements. In this way and many others, we see the composer finding ways to stand up to prevailing political winds; for example, the whole piece is shot through with Jewish klezmer influence at a time when antisemitism was on the rise in the USSR.

Performance Details

May 3, 2025, 8:00pm EDT

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