Join Lucas Debargue, Tugan Sokhiev, and the Orchestre Nationale du Capitole de Toulouse for a feverish musical evening of fire and ice! They begin with Liszt’s First Piano Concerto, whose virtuosic fireworks and extroverted character (along with the composer’s unusual use of the triangle, an instrument he admitted, “could shock certain people, especially if it is hit too harshly or imprecisely”) earned it an eternal place in the pianistic concerto pantheon. The second of the wartime symphonies, Shostakovich’s Eighth received warm accolades at its 1943 premiere before Soviet authorities turned cold on the composer and began to criticize the work. Transporting its listeners from tragedy to triumph, it is one of the greatest symphonic masterpieces of the 20th century.
Photo: Tugan Sokhiev © Marco Borggreve / Lucas Debargue © Felix Broede
Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse
Verbier Festival 2017