Denounced!

Fri, Dec 9, 2016, 7:30 PM
Part of the series TŌN at Carnegie Hall

at Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage
in NYC

  • Works by Shostakovich, Prokofiev, and Myaskovsky
  • TŌN performs a song cycle and two symphonies by Russian composers whose works were denounced in the 1948 Zhdanov decree
  • Conducted by Leon Botstein; “relentlessly innovative” –The New York Times
  • With vocalists Ilana Davidson, Katharine Goeldner, and Sergey Polyakov

The Music

Myaskovsky: Symphony No. 25
Light and nostalgic. Though Myaskovsky’s music was declared “anti-Soviet,” it was relatively conservative as compared to the works of the others who were denounced.

Shostakovich: From Jewish Folk Poetry
Melancholic and folk-inspired. Shostakovich composed this piece after his denunciation. It could not be performed publicly for several years.

Prokofiev: Symphony No. 6
Somber and meditative. In condemning this piece, Zhdanov said, “Here the melodious, harmonious Prokofiev is often attacked, without provocation, by the other, storming Prokofiev.”

The Artists

LEON BOTSTEIN, conductor
ILANA DAVIDSON, soprano
KATHARINE GOELDNER, mezzo-soprano
SERGEY POLYAKOV, tenor

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Myaskovsky: Symphony No. 25

Shostakovich: From Jewish Folk Poetry

Prokofiev: Symphony No. 6

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