Oct 12, 2023, 7:30pm EDT
Program Notes & Works
Symphony No. 22 in E-flat, The Philosopher
Haydn’s Symphony No. 22 was written early in the evolution of the symphony genre. Its unexpected features include an opening slow movement and the use of English horns rather than the flutes or oboes typical of the time.
Cello Concerto No. 2
Like many of Shostakovich's later works, the Cello Concerto No. 2 is dark, probing, and thoughtful, but with a charmingly off-kilter middle-movement scherzo.
Iman Habibi wrote his Zhiân on commission for the BSO, which gave the premiere under Andris Nelsons at Tanglewood in July 2023. Habibi was inspired by grass-roots protests in Iran following the death of a young woman, Mahsa Amini, at the hands of Iran’s “morality police.”
Cello Concerto No. 1
Shostakovich’s First Cello Concerto is lively and virtuosic, though it’s scored for a small, Mozart-sized orchestra. The lone horn is featured as a duo-partner of the cello.