Shostakovich’s final symphony and Beethoven’s last piano concerto both emerged under difficult circumstances: ill health in the case of Shostakovich the bombing of Vienna for Beethoven. Each marked the culmination of a musical language in their respective genres, and both are profoundly moving in their depth and eloquence. Two eras, two aesthetics, two masterpieces!
S. Shepherd, Magiya (approx. 7 min.)
Shostakovich, Symphony no. 15 in A major, op. 141 (approx. 42 min.)
Beethoven, Piano Concerto no. 5 in E-flat major, op. 73, "Emperor" (approx. 38 min.)
Grand Preconcert Talks:
Wednesday, May 24, 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 25, 6:00 p.m.
Host: Georges Nicholson
Guest: Kent Nagano, conductor and Music Director of the OSM
Modern symphony: Symphony no. 15 in A major, op. 141 by Shostakovich