Critic’s Choice

January 17, 2017 at 10:58 am

By Aaron Keebaugh

Mieczysław Weinberg

Mieczysław Weinberg

This season the Boston Symphony Orchestra has shown a commitment to new music and to performances of works that are rarely played.

For this week’s concerts, Juanjo Mena leads the orchestra in an all-Russian program that spotlights the Violin Concerto of Mieczysław Weinberg, marking the first time that the BSO has ever played the composer’s music. 

Weinberg, as Harlow Robinson has put it, “may be the most famous Soviet composer you have never heard of.” He was prolific, completing twenty-six symphonies, seventeen string quartets, six concertos, seven operas, twenty-eight sonatas, two hundred songs, and a number of film scores. Weinberg’s opera, The Passenger, has enjoyed widespread international revival in recent years. His Violin Concerto, which will feature Gidon Kremer as soloist, walks the wire between Britten and Shostakovich’s styles.

Rounding out the program will be Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4.

Performances will take place 8 p.m. Thursday, 1:30 p.m. Friday, and 8 p.m. Saturday andnext Tuesday at Symphony Hall. bso.org; 888-266-1200

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