Monday, January 18, 2016

Another lady in red....

Last evening, Atlanta's Symphony Hall hosted about three hours of 20th-century masterpieces. After a pre-concert chamber performance featuring Stravinsky's neo-classical style "Octet", the actual Atlanta Symphony concert began with Shostakovich's Symphony no. 14, composed in 1969. The work comprises eleven movements which are essentially song settings, each more or less related to death, particularly unjust or early death. All manner of mayhem, including suicide, torture, war and incest are addressed in the poems by Garcia Lorca, Apollinaire, Kuchelbecker and Rilke. Further, its ending provides no redemptive relief, so it is bleak up to the very end. Shostakovich composed it for chamber orchestra, with only strings and a broad-range of percussive instruments are employed.  For the complete review click here:

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