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Prom 69: Boston Symphony Orchestra Bernstein and Shostakovich

Live at BBC Proms: Boston Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons in Shostakovich's Fourth Symphony and joined by Baiba Skride in Bernstein's Serenade after Plato's 'Symposium

Live at BBC Proms: Boston Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons in Shostakovich's Fourth Symphony and joined by Baiba Skride in Bernstein's Serenade after Plato's 'Symposium

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Andrew McGregor

Bernstein: Serenade after Plato's 'Symposium

c.8pm: Interval: Martin Sixsmith investigates how the idea, image and interpretation of Stalin have haunted Russia.

c.8.20pm:
Shostakovich: Symphony No 4 in C minor

Baiba Skride, violin
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons, conductor

This second concert by Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra sets Bernstein’s intensely lyrical Serenade (after Plato’s ‘Symposium’) for solo violin and orchestra – a work composed for Isaac Stern and performed here by the prize-winning Latvian violinist Baiba Skride – alongside Shostakovich’s uncompromising Fourth Symphony. This dazzling musical manifesto of the composer’s modernist beliefs was withdrawn under duress before its scheduled 1936 premiere and wasn’t heard publicly until 25 years later.

2 hours, 29 minutes

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Music Played

  • Leonard Bernstein

    Serenade (after Plato's 'Symposium')

    Performer: Baiba Skride. Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Andris Nelsons.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Symphony No 4 in C minor

    Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Andris Nelsons.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Three Dances from A Soldier's Tale

    Performer: Aloys Kontarsky. Performer: Eduard Brunner. Performer: Gidon Kremer.
    • Gidon Kremer: Edition Lockenhaus, Vol. 1/2.
    • ECM New Series.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Tango (The Bolt)

    Orchestra: The Philadelphia Orchestra. Conductor: Riccardo Chailly.
    • Shostakovich: Cheryomushki; The Bolt; etc.
    • Decca.

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