NSO The Masterpieces of 1957

NSO The Masterpieces of 1957


2022-03-12 Sat 19:30National Concert Hall400 700 1000 1200 1500Buy
Su-Han Yang, conductor
Anika Vavic, piano
National Symphony Orchestra

YU Chang-Fa: Suite from Aboriginal ballet The Princess and the Snake King
Dmitri Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No.2 in F major, Op.102
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony in E-flat major (reconstructed by Semyon Bogatyrev)

Inspired by the aboriginal folk music, Chang-Fa Yu’s ballet suite The Princess Balenge and the snake king employs rich orchestral language to depict an enchanting love story told in Rukai culture about the love between Princess Balenge and the snake king. Maxim Shostakovich premiered his father's second piano concerto in his graduation concert at the Moscow Conservatory on May 10, 1957 – a piece written specifically for his 19th birthday. Through Shostakovich's refined compositional skills, the paternal warmth and tongue-in-cheek jests shared with his son are on full display.

Also in Moscow in 1957, the posthumous symphony of Tchaikovsky, Symphony in E-flat major, was finally completed by the Russian musicologist and composer S. Bogatyrev after several years of hard work. Acclaimed as Tchaikovsky's most monumental work, the work will be performed in Taiwan for the first time. It's a must-listen for every music lover.