Location, location, location: This seems to be a common theme in Seattle Symphony‘s programming recently, with concerts centering on one country or group of nations whose musical identity is similar and recognizable (France; Russia; America). Next up is Eastern Europe, with the Symphony’s April 14-16 program featuring Czech-turned-American composer Antonin Dvořák, Russian Anatoli Liadov and contemporary Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov.
Liadov’s The Enchanted Lake opens the concert, an atmospheric feat of orchestration and restraint with its subtle shimmering imagery. Silvestrov adds a shot of post-modernism with his Symphony No. 8; since he started composing in the ’50s, the composer has sought to write new music that is a “response to, and an echo of, what already exists.” The result is a series of allusions, with familiar elements (there’s a waltz, here’s a mazurka) inside a shaky framework of tonality. This will be the US premiere of Symphony No. 8, having received its world premiere in Kiev last May.
The devastating Dvořák Cello Concerto will close the evening, performed by young Armenian cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan, under the baton of guest conductor Mikhail Tatarnikov. This piece is a masterpiece in the concerto canon, beloved by cellists and audience members alike for its orchestral color and nods to folksy Czech elements within the established concerto structure.
Dvořák Cello Concerto at Seattle Symphony
When: Thursday April 14 – Saturday April 16. Showtimes vary.
Where: Benaroya Hall (200 University St)