CARNEGIE HALL PRESENTS
Thursday, October 16, 2014 | 8 PM
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
The Times (London) said that the sound of the Jean-Efflam Bavouzet’s fingers “is distinctive. It is searching, penetrating, imaginatively fired.” Those fingers will be put to the test in Rachmaninoff’s spectacular Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. The composer weaves Paganini’s immortal theme with the traditional Latin Dies Irae into one of the most brilliant sets of variations ever written. Magnus Lindberg’s Chorale reflects on a Bach chorale in a series of highly imaginative variations. Shostakovich’s massive Symphony No. 8, written in 1943 when the Nazis were in retreat, is not a Soviet victory anthem, but a sober meditation streaked with a sense of foreboding.
The contemporary work on this program is part of My Time, My Music.