The BSO and Andris Nelsons complete their multi-season survey of Dmitri Shostakovich’s symphonies with No. 13, Babi Yar, based on poems by Yevgeny Yevteshenko. Russian bass Ildar Abdrazakov makes his BSO debut in these performances. The title poem condemns Soviet revisionist history and antisemitism surrounding a Nazi massacre of Ukrainian Jews. Opening the program, frequent BSO guest Augustin Hadelich plays Benjamin Britten’s early, lyrical Violin Concerto, the composer’s reaction to the tragedy of the Spanish Civil War.
This week’s performances by the Tanglewood Festival Chorus are supported by the Alan. J. and Suzanne W. Dworsky Fund for Voice and Chorus.
Andris Nelsons, conductor Augustin Hadelich, violin Ildar Abdrazakov, bass Men of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus James Burton, conductor