Lisa Batiashvili

Shostakovich´s Symphony No. 8 and Tchaikovsky´s Violin Concerto

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This symphony no longer exists. All radio recordings have been erased, the dissemination of the score is prohibited. Such was the fate of Dmitri Shostakovich’s Eighth Symphony after the Second World War. Its lyrical and doubting mood was not in keeping with Stalin’s intoxication of victory and the propaganda machinery of his dictatorship. And it was not by chance that the composer made use of techniques borrowed from his great musical predecessors like Johann Sebastian Bach. Who among his contemporaries could portray both spiritual and bodily suffering as vividly as the Thomaskantor? Also not of this world are the Canzonetta of the second movement and many other passages from Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. In this work the composer climbs from great spiritual depths back up to the blooming surface of the earth. From deepest doubt to irrepressible joy. What an evening!

Photo that shows Batiashvili4 2017 Sammy Hart.


Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Violin Concerto in D major, op. 35

Dmitri Shostakovich
Symphony No. 8 in C minor, op. 65

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