Maxim Berezovsky: Symphony in C
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33 (original version)
Erich Wolfgang Korngold: Cello Concerto, Op. 37
Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10 in E minor, Op. 93
WSO Music Director Daniel Raiskin is gifted at uncovering the secrets of Shostakovich, and this performance of Shostakovich’s Tenth Symphony is an opportunity to tell all. Shostakovich utilized his “secret code” musical monogram in this work more than almost any other, a poignant expression of self during a regime that sought to erase the personal identity of artists in favour of brute nationalistic pride.
Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations and Korngold’s Cello Concerto put cello virtuosity on full display with memorable melody, the latter from Korngold’s Hollywood film years.