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symphonic concert

VFO / NOSEDA / PLETNEV

SHCHEDRIN, BEETHOVEN & SHOSTAKOVICH
A bold programme of works by Shchedrin and Shostakovich in a concert with the Verbier Festival Orchestra and Gianandrea Noseda, completed by Beethoven's Concerto No. 3 with Mikhaïl Pletnev on piano.
Programme

RODION SHCHEDRIN (1932- )
Beethovens Heiligenstädter Testament,
Symphonic Fragment for Orchestra

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) 
Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor Op. 37 

Interval 

DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975)
Symphony No. 15 in A major Op. 141 

In the “Heiligenstadt Testament”, a letter Beethoven wrote to his brothers in 1802 but never sent, the composer details the despair he is experiencing in the face of his ever increasing and incurable deafness. Shchedrin’s “Testament”, written in 2008, offers the audience a similar dive into what is best described as an “emotional maelstroem”. A symphonic work of remarkable expressivity, this piece evokes Beethoven’s journey “from darkness into the light”. Beethoven’s Concerto No.3 in C-major, completed in the months following the “Heiligenstadt crisis”, remains deeply rooted in the style of Mozart, yet in this piece, Beethoven pioneers a new concept: the orchestra and soloist are now equal partners in the musical dialogue. The first movement is dark and passionate, followed by a peaceful and tranquil largo. A virtuosic and humorous rondo brings the symphony to a close. Shostakovich’s Symphony No.15 opens on a joyful note. Written four years before the composer’s death, this piece marks Shostakovich’s “symphonic goodbye” to the world in general, and to the world of music in particular. In this symphony, Shostakovitch quotes many composers: Rossini, Glinka, Mahler, Wagner, and even himself. While this work was written for a large symphonic orchestra, the writing style resembles more what one would expect from a piece composed for chamber orchestra. The final moments of the symphony are gripping: the music dissipates, life comes to a close.

with the generous support of

Madame Aline Foriel-Destezet
Pre-concert