With its cinematic sweep and use of Russian revolutionary songs, Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 11 evokes the passion, violence, and pain of some of the pivotal moments and places of the 1905 Russian Revolution. Russian-born conductor Semyon Bychkov, who lived under Soviet rule for 22 years before making a new beginning in the United States, brings his profound understanding and experience to the work. The concert opens with Schubert’s beloved Unfinished Symphony. Found in a cluttered drawer more than thirty years after his death, the majestic and dramatic melodies of the two unforgettable movements that Schubert completed herald the beginning of the Romantic era.
The Thursday Matinee concerts are endowed by a gift in memory of Rhoda Goldman.
“Semyon Bychkov and the San Francisco Symphony exuded the confidence and anticipatory pleasure of travelers setting out on a familiar journey. The audience at Davies Symphony Hall was warmly invited along for the ride.” —SAN FRANCISCO CLASSICAL VOICE
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Concert length is approximately 2 hours.
Shostakovich's Symphony No. 11
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