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Andris Nelsons conducts Beethoven and Shostakovich featuring pianist Paul Lewis

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Andris Nelsons conducts Beethoven and Shostakovich featuring pianist Paul Lewis

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Saturday, September 30, 2017, Boston Symphony Hall, 8:00PM

The BSO and Andris Nelsons continue their multi-year survey of the complete Shostakovich symphonies with his Symphony No. 11, which the BSO has never performed. Conceived to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the first, failed Russian Revolution (thus the nickname The Year 1905), it was completed in 1957 and earned Shostakovich the prestigious Lenin Prize, a sign of considerable official approval. In keeping with its subject matter, the symphony makes extensive reference to Russian revolutionary songs. To begin the program, English pianist Paul Lewis is soloist in Beethoven's lyrical and poetic Piano Concerto No. 4, which famously opens with a disarmingly intimate passage for solo piano.

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