The Boston Symphony Orchestra
The fabulous Boston Symphony Orchestra will be in Amsterdam for the first time since 2001. This legendary ensemble, one of the USA's 'big five' orchestras, will be presenting an ambitious programme. Currently, the orchestra is recording all of Shostakovich's symphonies with conductor Andris Nelsons. Tonight's concert will feature the Fourth Symphony, considered by some to be Shostakovich’s most intense work. In Shostakovich's own words, it’s filled with ‘grandiosomania’, and it encompasses both harrowing drama and poignant autobiographical references. This symphony is an earth-shattering masterpiece.
Andris Nelsons, today conducting the Boston Symphony Orchestra, confesses that he could not live without Shostakovich. 'In his music, you feel the extreme strength of a fragile person.' For this concert, Nelsons has invited fellow-Latvian Baiba Skride to perform Bernstein's incredibly lyrical Serenade (after Plato’s ‘Symposium’) for solo violin, harp, percussion, and strings. In fact, this work not only verges on a violin concerto, it’s an ode to love.