Performance Friday, April 7, 2017 | 8 PM

San Francisco Symphony

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Three visionary 20th-century composers approach classic forms—the ballet and concerto—in unique ways. Conceived as a ballet, The Seasons has some of Cage’s most subtly shaded and gently melodic music. The outer movements of Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1 are dashed with sardonic humor—its finale even irreverently quotes one of Stalin’s favorite songs—but its emotional core is a melancholy theme that recalls the funeral march from Beethoven’s “Eroica” and leads to a breathlessly energetic cadenza. Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra treats color, harmony, and counterpoint with virtuosic flair in a work infused with mystery, humor, and fire.


  • San Francisco Symphony
    Michael Tilson Thomas, Music Director and Conductor
  • Gautier Capuçon, Cello


  • CAGE The Seasons
  • SHOSTAKOVICH Cello Concerto No. 1
  • BARTÓK Concerto for Orchestra


SHOSTAKOVICH Cello Concerto No. 1 (Allegretto)
Gautier Capuçon, Cello | Valery Gergiev, Conductor | Mariinsky Orchestra

This performance is part of Orchestral Masterworks.