Performance Saturday, May 17, 2014 | 8 PM

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
“That this Munich ensemble will handle works from the core repertory with assurance and finesse is as close to a sure bet as music provides” (The New York Times). These much-admired musicians perform Shostakovich's beloved Symphony No. 5 and are joined by dazzling pianist Mitsuko Uchida for Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto.


  • Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
    Mariss Jansons, Chief Conductor
  • Mitsuko Uchida, Piano


  • BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 4
  • SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 5


Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 (Andante con moto)
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra | Kurt Sanderling, Conductor | Mitsuko Uchida, Piano

At a Glance

This concert pairs two major works from the 19th and 20th centuries that came at pivotal points in their composers' careers. Coming just before the onset of deafness that ended Beethoven's career as a pianist, the Fourth Piano Concerto signaled a new inwardness and formal originality in his output. Each movement is scored differently, each eschews predictable Classical patterns, and each gives the pianist unusual opportunities for melodic expression and depth of feeling.

Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony saved his career—and perhaps his life—during the worst period of Stalinist oppression, sparking endless debate over the composer's ideological and political intentions and alleged musical codes. The music itself is eloquent, emotionally varied, and brilliantly orchestrated. Its use of concise motifs in a large design is reminiscent of Beethoven's methods.
Funding for the Carnegie Hall Live broadcast series is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
The Trustees of Carnegie Hall gratefully acknowledge the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Solomon in support of the 2013-2014 season.

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