Andris Nelsons conducts Escaich, Rachmaninoff, and Ravel with Gautier Capuçon, cello
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Symphony Hall, Boston, MA
Music Director Andris Nelsons leads the American premiere of a new work for cello and orchestra by French organist-composer Thierry Escaich, written for soloist Gautier Capuçon. Maurice Ravel’s exuberantly orchestrated Alborada del gracioso is tinged with Flamenco rhythms and Spanish flavors. Sergei Rachmaninoff’s by turns lush and exuberant Symphony No. 2 closes the program.
Andris Nelsons, conductor
Gautier Capuçon, cello
RAVEL Alborada del gracioso
Thierry ESCAICH Les Chants de l'aube, for cello and orchestra (American premiere; co-commissioned by the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelsons, Music Director, through the generous support of Catherine and Paul Buttenwieser.)
RACHMANINOFF Symphony No. 2
Apr 13, 2023, 10:30am EDT
Program Notes & Works
Alborada del gracioso
Alternating sparkling dance music and aching melancholy, Alborada del gracioso is one of Ravel’s many tributes to the music of Spain.
Les Chants de l'aube, for cello and orchestra
Thierry Escaich's BSO co-commissioned concerto for French cellist Gautier Capuçon explores lyricism and the transformation of melody.
Symphony No. 2
By the time he came to write his Second Symphony, Rachmaninoff had become such a celebrity in Moscow—as composer, pianist, and conductor—that he found he had to “escape” in order to be able to compose without interruption.
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