Andris Nelsons conducts Gubaidulina and Sibelius featuring violinist Baiba Skride
November 6 - November 11, 2014
New BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons returns for his second series of 2014-15 concerts, joining forces with several longtime collaborators for music with a Scandinavian and Slavic accent. This program features acclaimed Latvian violinist Baiba Skrida, a compatriot and contemporary of the conductor, as soloist in Russian composer Sofia Gubaidulina's Offertorium - a piece recorded by the BSO in 1988 and considered one of the most important 20th century concertos for the instrument. Gubaidulina's music is strongly affected by her spirituality, making use of the modern era's wealth of expressive techniques. Closing the concert is Finnish composer Jean Sibelius's Second Symphony, a work of remarkably pastoral temperament that remains one of his most beloved works.