Beethoven and Shostakovich
Stéphane Denève - Conductor
Nikolaj Znaider - Violin
Beethoven - Violin Concerto
Shostakovich - Symphony No. 10
Thursday, March 6, 20148:00 pm Verizon Hall
Beethoven’s only concerto for the violin is as much about the orchestra as it is the soloist. Written during the most prolific and groundbreaking period of his career, the Violin Concerto stands as one of the most sublime works of the entire repertoire.
Once again this season, Beethoven’s music is juxtaposed with the great symphonic master of the 20th century, Shostakovich. The Tenth Symphony was his first symphonic work in eight years, written during the cultural "thawing" after Stalin’s death. On the surface, it contains Shostakovich’s soaring melodies and strident harmonies. Underneath, the composer has included a bombastic and ironic portrait of Stalin in the second movement, a hidden message to secret love in the third, and encoded his own initials in the final movement.