MD Series 5
|2018-06-15 Fri 19:30||National Concert Hall||400 700 1000 1200 1500||Buy|
MICHAEL ROLL, piano
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 4, Op. 58, G Major
DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 11, Op. 103, G minor, The Year 1905
The featured work on this program is Shostakovich’s Eleventh Symphony, a huge, sprawling musical fresco that graphically portrays a tragic event in Russian history in 1905, a kind of prelude to the great Revolution of 1917. From the realistic evocation of a bleak, freezing-cold dawn with St. Petersburg’s Winter Palace looming before us in the opening pages to the terrifying conclusion over an hour later, Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 11 holds the listener in its gripping power. Earlier on the program English pianist Michael Roll, first winner of the Leeds Piano Competition in 1963 at the age of just 17, joins the NSO for Beethoven’s magisterial Fourth Piano Concerto. The concert opens with Yuan-Chen Li’s Iluwan , based on a tune of Taiwan’s Pai-Wan tribe.