Valery Gergiev conducts Bruckner’s monumental Symphony No. 9. Maestro Gergiev’s compatriot Sergei Dogadin makes his debut as the soloist in Shostakovich’s intense Violin Concerto No. 1
Monumental swan song
When Valery Gergiev conducts Bruckner’s Symphony No. 9, you can expect a particularly intense concert. Bruckner’s monumental swan song is always an experience, especially with Gergiev conducting, the Russian conductor who is known for his passionate style, idiosyncratic vision and empathy. A highlight for lovers of the great symphonic repertoire.
Unrivalled eloquence and intensity
The Ninth, more than Bruckner’s earlier symphonies, is imbued with a tragic and spiritual intensity: it is with this work that he knowingly says farewell to life. Throughout the many years it took him to compose the work, he would say, ‘The Ninth will be my masterpiece. I just ask God that He will let me live long enough to complete it.’ Unfortunately, that was not meant to be. The final movement would remain unfinished. But the three completed movements are of an unrivalled eloquence and intensity.
Sergei Dogadin makes his debut with the Concertgebouworkest in Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1, composed in 1948. It is an energetic yet unruly work which would never have made it past the harsh Soviet censors of the day. Accordingly, Shostakovich kept it under his hat until after Stalin had died. The work made a tremendous impression on audiences both in and outside the Soviet Union. The solo part demands both technical virtuosity and depth, two traits which rising star Sergei Dogadin possesses in spades.