In connection with his OSM residency, illustrious American conductor Michael Tilson Thomas offers a staggeringly moving program. Grieg’s Two Elegiac Melodies, a work of passion and poetry, carries us to that flagship of the concerto repertoire, Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto no. 3. This alternately scathing, lyrical, meditative, and explosive masterpiece is a welcome challenge for 21-year-old Russian pianist Alexander Malofeev. To close this monumental program, a summit of majesty and grandeur: Schubert’s Symphony no. 9.
Grieg, 2 Elegiac Melodies, op. 34 : II, “Våren” [Last Spring] (5 min.)
Prokofiev, Piano Concerto no. 3 in C major, op. 26 (27 min.)
Schubert, Symphony no. 9 in C major, D. 944, “The Great” (48 min.)