Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Conductor
Kirill Gerstein - Piano
Beethoven - Symphony No. 5
Shostakovich - Piano Concerto No. 2
Shostakovich - Selections from Suite from The Gadfly
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Beethoven’s life-affirming Fifth Symphony was on the program when The Philadelphia Orchestra played its very first concert in 1900. It’s a work that will never stop resonating, from the opening knock of fate to the heroic, triumphant conclusion. Pairing the works of Beethoven and Shostakovich has been a multi-season theme and this program matches Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 with two works by the Russian master. The exceptional Russian-born Kirill Gerstein performs the Piano Concerto No. 2, a percussive piece used in modern times to tell the story of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Steadfast Tin Soldier in Disney’s Fantasia 2000. Completing the program: Yannick’s own selections from Shostakovich’s sumptuous score for the Soviet film The Gadfly.
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