Andrew Litton, piano and conductor
Yuriy Bekker, violin
Norbert Lewandowski, cello
Ludwig van Beethoven
Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Piano in C Major, Op. 56
Symphony No. 10
Andrew Litton, Music Director of the New York City Ballet, GRAMMY Award winner, and accomplished pianist, will be conducting from the keyboard while performing Beethoven’s Triple Concerto. Though the violin-cello-piano combination is often heard in chamber music ensembles, it is much rarer as a trio of three soloists with orchestra. The concerto will feature two of the CSO’s principal musicians: Yuriy Bekker and Norbert Lewandowski. Bekker, the orchestra’s concertmaster since 2007, and Lewandowski, principal cellist, will shine in one of Beethoven’s most soulful, challenging, and charming concertos.
Arguably the most significant Soviet-era composer of the last century, Dmitri Shostakovich was condemned and stifled during the Stalin era. Though it is a mystery to pinpoint exactly when his Tenth Symphony was written (between 1946-1953), it is a work of masterful emotional outpouring likely inspired by this suffering. Like his predecessor Tchaikovsky, the composer employed waltzes and militaristic drums intermingled with the symphony’s musical themes and motifs to convey dramatic momentum, heart-wrenching longing, and slow despair. It’s not all doom and gloom, however; the fourth movement—after a final frenzied return of anguish—ushers in a promising moment of triumph and victorious release.