Le bourgeois gentilhomme
The Ulster Orchestra, conducted by Rafael Payare, performs Richard Strauss's Le bourgeois gentilhomme and Shostakovich's Symphony No 8.
Music Director of the Ulster Orchestra, Rafael Payare, conducts them in a performance of Richard Strauss' Baroque-inspired "Le bourgeois gentilhomme" based on the 17th century comedy by Molière, featuring the orchestra's leader, Tamás Kocsis, as soloist.
The concert finishes with Shostakovich's Symphony No. 8 in C minor, written in 1943 and dedicated to Yevgeny Mravinsky who conducted the work's premiere with the USSR Symphony Orchestra. The Symphony is described by the composer as a "poem of suffering" and although it was received well by audiences, the authorities did not share the same sentiment. Although the work is indeed brooding and dark, and doesn't share the same 'dark to light' journey as other C minor symphonies such as those by Beethoven and his 5th or Mahler and his 2nd, Shostakovich did say this of it, that it's philosophical conception could be summed up in three words, "...life is beautiful."