Prokofiev’s effervescent Symphony No. 1 was written as a modern interpretation of classical style of Mozart and Haydn. Dedicated and first performed by his son on his nineteenth birthday, Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto no. 2 is a joyful work filled with youthful vitality and the romance of the prior century brought to life by acclaimed pianist Sheng Cai. The idea of fate, “a fatal force that prevents our strivings for happiness from succeeding,” continues to haunt Tchaikovsky in his dark and brooding Symphony no. 5.
Intermission discussion and Q&A with Sheng Cai and Michael Berec.