Boston Symphony Orchestra Performs Russian Fireworks
Thursday, October 22, 2015
Listen to the archived broadcast of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus performing Russian orchestral works, recorded live on Thursday October 22. Jeff Spurgeon hosts with special guest, mezzo-soprano Susan Graham.
Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky takes listeners into medieval Kievan Rus' – swathes of land inhabited by East Slavic tribes. Depicting battle and victory against the Germanic Teutonic Knights, Prokofiev’s music recreates powerful aural scenes with the sheer power of a large orchestra and chorus.
Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances, a colorful orchestral suite marking the composer’s late style, resonates with Russian spark. Like Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique, it is embedded with the funereal Dies Irae chant and leads to a wild rousing finale.
Andris Nelsons first appeared with the Boston Symphony in 2011 to replace an ailing James Levine at Carnegie Hall. Subsequent appearances led to Nelsons' appointment in 2013 including a recent decision to extend his contract from 5 to 8 years. He studied conducting in St. Petersburg and is mentored by fellow Latvian conductor Mariss Jansons.
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons, Music Director and Conductor
Nadezhda Serdyuk, Mezzo-Soprano
Tanglewood Festival Chorus
James Bagwell, Guest Chorus Conductor
PROKOFIEV Alexander Nevsky
RACHMANINOFF Symphonic Dances
We asked listeners to share their thoughts during the broadcast using #CHLive. Here is a collection of those tweets and photos: