Riccardo Chailly returns to the Concertgebouworkest to conduct a rarely heard symphony by Shostakovich, an unknown gem by Alexander Zemlinsky and a work by Henriëtte Bosmans featuring the orchestra’s leader Vesko Eschkenazy as soloist.
Riccardo Chailly performs unfamiliar works with such conviction and flair that you can’t help but enjoy them.
Riccardo Chailly is back with a bang! In the coming seasons, the beloved maestro will frequently be at the orchestra’s helm. And when conductor emeritus Riccardo Chailly performs, you know you can expect colourful programmes. He likes to choose lesser-known works, performing them with such conviction and flair that you can’t help but enjoy them. Among these is Alexander Zemlinsky’s Sinfonietta for orchestra, dating from 1934, in which Zemlinsky’s sumptuous Viennese musical language has a sharp undertone. No wonder, considering the threat of Nazism which would soon force him to emigrate to America.
Around the same time, the Concertgebouworkest premiered Henriëtte Bosmans’s French-inspired Concertstuk for violin and orchestra, a performance which helped launch her compositional career. Here the soloist is the orchestra’s own leader Vesko Eschkenazy.
Chailly has even programmed an unexpected work by the likes of Shostakovich – his Symphony No. 12. Although the Concertgebouworkest once recorded the symphony, it has never performed it live before. As a Soviet composer subject to strict state control, Shostakovich seems to buckle under with this symphony. Or did he actually compose it as a veiled parody? It’s a controversial work which even today is rarely performed, yet deserves a second chance!