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Prom 51: Boston Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons

Sunday 23 August 2015 - 3:00 PM

Andris Nelsons © Marco Borggreve

Approximate end time: 5:05pm

Presented by:

Haydn
Symphony No. 90 in C major 24'

Barber
Essay No. 2 11'

interval

Shostakovich
Symphony No. 10 in E minor 57'

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons
conductor

Returning for a second appearance this summer, Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra bring a piece of America with them in Barber's Essay No. 2 – a symphony in miniature, moving from lyrical loveliness through contrapuntal conflict to end with a radiant chorale.

They pair it with Haydn's Symphony No. 90, where ebullient mischief and dignity vie for supremacy in sunny C major.

Joy gives way to high drama, however, in Shostakovich's Symphony No. 10 – a vivid portrait of Stalinist Russia.

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