Dark Shostakovich: James Conlon, San Francisco Symphony

Jeff Dunn on October 10, 2011
James Conlon
James Conlon

If you’ve been dying to hear Shostakovich, his Symphony No. 14 is the one for you, because the end of life is what it’s all about. Soprano and baritone join the orchestra in 11 poems by various authors on topics of ill-fated love, war, suicide, political oppression, and decay. The piece will receive its first performance here by the San Francisco Symphony. With a coffin-opener like this on the program, along with Ravel’s orchestration of catacombs in Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, you’ll be all ready for Halloween two weeks later.

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