Shostakovich Symphony No.1 - Cambridge University Sinfonia

Add to my Calendar 09-03-2019 20:00 09-03-2019 22:00 36 Shostakovich Symphony No.1 - Cambridge University Sinfonia The Cambridge University Sinfonia, conducted by Toby Hession, the CUMS Conducting Scholar 2018, is joined by pianist Yuanfan Yang to present a concert of “firsts”. After a world première from CUMS Composer in Residence 2018-9 Michael Boyle, the orchestra will accompany Yang in Brahms’ first piano concerto and then perform Shostakovich’s first symphony. Cambridge alumnus Michael Boyle focuses on capturing natural forms and is known for his clear, dramatic and evocative compositional voice. Yuanfan Yang has won numerous awards, including 1st Prize at the Cleveland International Young Artists Piano Competition and 1st Prize at the 4th International Franz Liszt Piano Competition, and his playing was described by International Piano Magazine as “brilliantly executed, beautifully organised, breathless in its excitement and deeply affecting in its sentiments”. Although we think of Shostakovich of the more shocking composer of the pair, with his combination of deep-reaching satire and beautifully evoked tragedy, Brahms’ concerto was perhaps more shockingly received – with disappointed hisses from the audience! Now, however, we recognize the masterful combination of concerto with symphonic structure and Brahms’ distinctive combination of confident, soaring imagination and Beethovenian impressions. The concert concludes with Shostakovich’s Symphony No.1, written for his graduation from the Petrograd Conservatory but already characteristic of Shostakovich’s sophisticated style, featuring beautiful melodies, sarcastic waltzes, and rousing fanfares. West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge DD/MM/YYYY

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11 West Road
Cambridge
Cambridgeshire
CB3 9DP
England


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Prices: £20, £14, £10; Concessions: £18, £12, £8; Students and under-18s: £5
Booking line: 01223 300085

Programme




Performers

– piano
– Conductor


Programme Note

The Cambridge University Sinfonia, conducted by Toby Hession, the CUMS Conducting Scholar 2018, is joined by pianist Yuanfan Yang to present a concert of “firsts”. After a world première from CUMS Composer in Residence 2018-9 Michael Boyle, the orchestra will accompany Yang in Brahms’ first piano concerto and then perform Shostakovich’s first symphony.

Cambridge alumnus Michael Boyle focuses on capturing natural forms and is known for his clear, dramatic and evocative compositional voice. Yuanfan Yang has won numerous awards, including 1st Prize at the Cleveland International Young Artists Piano Competition and 1st Prize at the 4th International Franz Liszt Piano Competition, and his playing was described by International Piano Magazine as “brilliantly executed, beautifully organised, breathless in its excitement and deeply affecting in its sentiments”.

Although we think of Shostakovich of the more shocking composer of the pair, with his combination of deep-reaching satire and beautifully evoked tragedy, Brahms’ concerto was perhaps more shockingly received – with disappointed hisses from the audience! Now, however, we recognize the masterful combination of concerto with symphonic structure and Brahms’ distinctive combination of confident, soaring imagination and Beethovenian impressions.

The concert concludes with Shostakovich’s Symphony No.1, written for his graduation from the Petrograd Conservatory but already characteristic of Shostakovich’s sophisticated style, featuring beautiful melodies, sarcastic waltzes, and rousing fanfares.

Yuanfan Yang

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