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BEETHOVEN: Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Piano in C major, op. 56, “Triple”
SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 12 in D minor, op. 112, “The Year 1917”
Frequent collaborators and Aspen audience favorites Alisa Weilerstein and Inon Barnatan are together again in the Benedict Music Tent, this time joined by violinist Benjamin Beilman for a one of a kind work, Beethoven’s “Triple” Concerto. Called “poised and monstrously talented” by the Philadelphia Inquirer, Beilman is one of music’s fastest rising stars. When played by musicians of this caliber, Beethoven’s piano trio with orchestra is three times the fun of a solo concerto. Listen in on this musical conversation which includes a richly expressive middle movement and a rousing, dance-like finale.
Maybe you’ve seen the movie “1917,” now hear the symphony. Shostakovich did compose a lot of film music, and his Symphony No. 12 has a richly cinematic feel. The composer was only eleven during the Russian Revolution, but that event and its aftermath shaped the rest of his life. You don’t need to know the details of Russian history to enjoy this piece, but here’s a brief road map: The beginning melodies are based on revolutionary songs with anti-tyrant messages. In the second movement, things get more serious and Shostakovich quotes his early Funeral March for the Victims of the Revolution. The third movement is named for Aurora, the ship that fired on the Czar’s Winter Palace. The fourth movement depicts the triumph of the Revolution and Lenin’s benevolence.
Conductor James Conlon’s joyful return to Aspen is sure to make this concert an exciting event.