Masur Conducts Schubert and Shostakovich
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Music Director Emeritus Kurt Masur returns to the Philharmonic to lead works by Schubert and a Shostakovich symphony he knows very well.
The program features Schubert’s “Unfinished” Eighth Symphony, composed when he was just 25 years old. He completed only two movements and sketched a third, but set them aside to work on other projects. The music was not heard until 1865 – nearly 40 years after Schubert’s death.
Shostakovich himself coached soloist, baritone Sergei Leiferkus, on the Symphony No. 13 and blessed him for his singing of it. Since then he has sung it many times, including with the New York Philharmonic under Masur in 1993 (recorded live) and 2001.
Subtitled Babi Yar after the first of five poems by dissident Soviet poet Yvgeny Yevtushenko, the 13th Symphony is scored for baritone, male chorus and orchestra. This performance features the Men of the New York Choral Artists under the direction of Joseph Flummerfelt.
Schubert: Symphony No. 8 in B Minor, Unfinished
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 13, Babi Yar