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BSO Encore Performances from Tanglewood: Beethoven and Shostakovich
July 12, 2020 @ 2:30 PM - 4:30 PMFree
Hosted by Jamie Bernstein
BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons conducts this August 1, 2015, concert in the Koussevitzky Music Shed with three French soloists—the brothers Renaud and Gautier Capuçon and pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet—in Beethoven’s Triple Concerto, a work that rewards a sense of competition and play among its three solo parts. Beethoven wrote this unusual concerto in 1804 purportedly for his patron and friend the Archduke Rudolph to perform as piano soloist with his private orchestra.
Maestro Nelsons also leads Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10, which the orchestra had just performed and recorded earlier that year for its Deutsche Grammophon Shostakovich symphony series. Andris Nelsons and the BSO took the piece on a European festival tour in August 2015. Shostakovich wrote the Tenth—after an eight-year hiatus from the composition of symphonies—following the death of Joseph Stalin in 1953. Widely read as a direct reaction to Stalin’s demise and a public re-establishment of Shostakovich’s artistic independence, the Tenth became one of the composer’s most popular and frequently performed works.