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CARNEGIE HALL PRESENTS

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 8 PM Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
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Andris Nelsons by Marco Borggreve, Jean-Yves Thibaudet by Decca / Kasskara
Bernstein has four characters search for faith in a New York City bar while Shostakovich’s symphony flirts with danger. W. H. Auden’s poem “The Age of Anxiety,” an eclogue on man’s spiritual quest, inspired the pulsing jazz piano and vivid orchestral colors of Bernstein’s Symphony No. 2. Echoes of Mahler are evident in Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 4, especially the emotional arc of its finale. The composer cancelled the symphony’s 1936 premiere knowing its unorthodox style ran against Soviet cultural policy—a mistake that could have cost him his freedom or more.

Performers

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons, Music Director and Conductor
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano

Program

BERNSTEIN Symphony No. 2, "The Age of Anxiety"
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 4
KPMG

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