Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra presents Dvorak & Bartok
November 9, 2014
The real “news” of this concert is the return to Boston of legendary Russian cellist Natalia Gutman. One of the world’s most honored and revered musicians, Gutman has played many of the central works of the cello repertory with Benjamin Zander and the Boston Philharmonic, but never the most famous of them all, the Dvorák Cello Concerto – also, like the Fine toccata, an “American” piece, in the sense that it was written during the period that the composer lived in the United States. This will be a thrill both for the audience and for the young players in the orchestra, who will have the rare privilege of rehearsing, performing, and even studying, with a living legend.
Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra, concludes the program with one of 20th century music’s most invigorating orchestral works, which, like the music of Fine, has Boston associations. Written in this country like the other two works on the program, it was commissioned in 1945 by Serge Koussevitzky as a display piece for his ultra-virtuosic Boston Symphony Orchestra. 70 years later this popular but extremely demanding showpiece is now performed – and brilliantly so – by an orchestra of players age twelve to twenty-one!