Season Opening Concert
|2018-09-14 Fri 19:30||National Concert Hall||500 800 1200 1600 2000||Buy|
ARABELLA STEINBACHER, violin
MAX BRUCH: Violin Concerto No.1, Op.26, G minor
DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No.4, Op.43, C minor
For the NSO's opening concert this season, Shao Chia Lü has chosen one of the most sensational symphonies in the entire repertory: Shostakovich's Fourth. This hourlong canvas requires a huge orchestra, has solo passages for every instrument from the piccolo to the tuba, and can justly be called a concerto for orchestra as well as a symphony. It is filled with rollercoaster thrills, stupendous climaxes, volcanic eruptions, and apocalyptic visions. No listener is left unmoved by this symphony, the musical equivalent of a 1,000-page Russian novel. Violinist Arabella Steinbacher, praised by New York Times with "balanced lyricism and fire", will have her debut in Taiwan and play with the NSO in Bruch's lushly romantic First Violin Concerto, an audience favorite. Taiwanese young composer Lily Chen contributes the opening work on the program, Glittering Across the Ocean, an NSO commission.