Dirigent: Steven Sloane
Violine: Antje Weithaas
08.00 PM - 10.00 PM
07.15 PM Introduction (in German)
Abo K, Abo S5
The request by Dvořák's publisher that he write an original, cantilena-rich, virtuoso violin concerto was taken to heart by Dvořák, who produced a piece containing both exuberant dances and drawn-out, sing-song melodious motifs.
In his Symphony No. 5 Dmitri Shostakovich was trying to revamp his career after falling out of favour with Stalin in 1936. The symphony is a statement of transformation and catharsis and is ostensibly in line with the Soviet doctrine of simplicity and folk popularity, but is a powerful indication of Shostakovich’s artistic independence, which he never allowed political orthodoxy to smother. Thus, the symphony is also a testimony to the survival of art in a repressive system.
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