Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam

2, 3 October 2019

Tout un monde lointain...

Victor Julien-Laferrière, cello

Gergiev conducts Shostakovich

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October 2019 Wednesday 20:15
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
The Netherlands
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October 2019 Thursday 20:15
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
The Netherlands
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Henri Dutilleux Tout un monde lointain...
Dmitri Shostakovich Symphony No. 4

Valery Gergiev is conducting the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Shostakovich’s monumental Symphony No. 4. The phenomenal French cellist Victor Julien-Laferrière is making his first appearance with the RCO in Dutilleux’s mysterious cello concerto Tout un monde lointain...

Shostakovich’s Fourth Symphony

Dmitry Shostakovich saw all around him how Stalin’s dictatorship continued to claim more and more victims. His Symphony No. 4 would become a bitter, scathing indictment, one scored for a gigantic orchestra. But the rehearsals were a disaster, and Shostakovich had meanwhile attracted the wrath of the Soviet officials. Consequently, he was forced to withdraw the work. It would be another twenty-five years before the monumental Symphony No. 4 would be premiered. Yet the music is still of current relevance in its urgency, its cry for freedom universal.

Dutilleux cello concerto

Winner of the 2017 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, the young Frenchman Victor Julien-Laferrière has a bright future ahead of him. He is making his first appearance with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in a performance of Dutilleux’s mysterious and poetic Tout un monde lointain... For half a century, the Concertgebouw Orchestra enjoyed a close and frequent collaboration with the leading French composer Henri Dutilleux (b. 1916, d. 2013). Written for the legendary Mstislav Rostropovich, Tout un monde lointain... is considered one of the most important cello concertos of the twentieth century.

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