This season, the pianist and conductor Lahav Shani is taking the helm of the Rotterdam Philharmonic. In his inaugural performance as their new Music Director, Shani leads the orchestra in Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony, a work from 1937 that returned the composer into Stalin’s good political graces after being denounced by the Soviet regime. And a renowned Beethoven interpreter with hundreds of recordings of the composer’s music to his name, Barenboim performs here Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto, a startlingly dramatic work inspired by Mozart’s own in C Minor (K. 491).
“I feel in Shostakovich’s music things that I understand. When you have the impression that you understand something, then you can love it. It is the same thing with human beings. Less complex than Prokofiev’s, Shostakovich’s music takes a more direct approach. However, it is not necessarily simple.” – Lahav Shani on his relationship with Shostakovich’s music (La Dépêche).
We would like to thank Concert Hall De Doelen for their partnership.
Daniel Barenboim appears courtesy of Deutsche Grammophon