Nelsons Conducts Shostakovich

Wednesday 22 September 2010 at 7.30pm

Symphony Hall, Birmingham +44 (0)121-780 3333

 City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Andris Nelsons  conductor
Christian Tetzlaff  violin

Brahms: Violin Concerto 36′
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 8 62′

In Soviet Russia, listening to Shostakovich’s Eighth Symphony could
have got you arrested. Huge in scale, and overwhelmingly powerful, this
epic symphonic portrayal of a nation broken by war and tyranny is the
ultimate proof that some music speaks louder than any words. No wonder
they banned it! Today, we can listen without fear – but Shostakovich’s
Eighth Symphony remains one of those masterpieces that everyone
needs to experience for themselves. No-one conducts Russian music
with more emotion – or power – than Andris Nelsons. In the hands of
German virtuoso Christian Tetzlaff, Brahms’s serene concerto should
be the lyrical calm before Shostakovich’s devastating storm.

Christian Tetzlaff’s Encore – Bach …

Review by John Gough, Birmingham Post:

…..”Christian Tetzlaff was a soloist of real distinction with a beautiful sound, subtle rubato and a spontaneity which had one on the edge of one’s seat. After a slow movement full of contemplation and lyricism the finale exploded with joy, moving in one urgent and brilliant arc towards the irresistible dance of the final bars.

Shostakovich’s Eighth symphony is music of extraordinary vehemence and power. Nelsons gave the death-haunted bleakness of the piece an aching emotional intensity in which the long, desolate cor anglais solo that emerged out of the first movement’s huge climax was a particular high-point, beautifully shaped by Alan Garner.” …..