Over three seasons, Louis Langrée and the CSO will explore all of Beethoven’s groundbreaking symphonies—paired with pieces that cast light on his genius. Beethoven’s influence is reflected in Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra, a masterful showcase for individual musicians as well as the ensemble. And while you may not be familiar with the music of Koussevitzky, his Double Bass Concerto, featuring CSO principal bassist Owen Lee, conjures pure Russian romance.
MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 21 SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 7,Leningrad
Spanish conducting sensation Juanjo Mena, the recently appointed Principal Conductor of the May Festival, leads the Orchestra in Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 7,Leningrad. Written in 1941 in passionate response to oppression and censorship, it remains one of the composer’s most enduring and powerful works. Spanish pianist Javier Perianes performs Mozart’s sublime Piano Concerto No. 21—known as theElvira Madigan, this majestic work will be familiar to audiences.
Refresh your Valentine’s Day with Ravel’s wheeling La Valse, a whirling dervish of a waltz. The drama and delight continue with Ravel’s jazzy Piano Concerto in G Major, in the masterful hands of pianist Jeffrey Kahane, as well as scenes from Stravinsky’s ballet The Fairy’s Kiss(based on Hans Christian Anderson’s tale The Ice Maiden).
This week's edition of SymphonyCast, enjoyed by radio listeners across the country, features Lang Lang - 郎朗 and the CSO. Louis conducts Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 3, Ravel's Mother Goose Suite and Daphnis et Chloe Suite No. 2.