Friday, May 4, 2018 - Sunday, May 6, 2018
Belding Theater at The Bushnell
Friday & Saturday at 8pm
Sunday at 3pm
Shostakovich Tahiti Trot, Op. 16, “Tea for Two”
Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major, Op. 107
Shostakovich Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47
Carolyn Kuan conductor
Jay Campbell cello
“If they cut off both hands, I will compose music anyway holding the pen in my teeth,” said Shostakovich in 1936. When composing his Symphony No. 5 during the “Great Terror” in Russia, he was under great political pressure to simplify his music and adapt it to reflect socialist realism. While authorities heard everything they had demanded of Shostakovich in the gripping piece, the public heard it as a testament to its sorrow and suffering. His delightful Tahiti Trot was written in response to a challenge from fellow conductor Nikolai Malka, who bet Shostakovich he could not re-orchestrate the song from memory in under an hour (spoiler alert: he did). His popular Cello Concerto No. 1 is regarded as his finest concerto, and one of the most difficult to perform of its kind.
The Koski Memorial Concert. Sponsored by The Saunders Fund for Innovative Programming.
Please join us for a pre-concert talk led by Carolyn Kuan one hour prior to to the concert.
The return of Casey’s Classics
Recommended recordings for your listening pleasure!
Shostakovich’s most popular symphony, the Fifth, requires great sound, great playing, and great sense of line and restraint, all of which is offered in this performance from Bernard Haitink with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the superb DECCA engineering.
We return to the same orchestra and engineering but Riccardo Chailly conducts the composer’s witty Tahiti Trot on a recording filled with other such amusing works drawn from a wide spectrum of the composer’s career.
Finally, there is still no greater recording of the First Cello Concerto than one made over sixty years ago by Rostropovich and Eugene Ormandy with the incomparable Philadelphia Orchestra (SONY), in surprisingly excellent stereo sound.