Critic’s Choice

February 21, 2017 at 11:36 am

By Aaron Keebaugh

Sofia Gubaidulina

Sofia Gubaidulina

This week, Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra will continue their commitment to new music by offering the world premiere of Sofia Gubaidulina’s Triple Concerto. 

A co-commission by the BSO, Carnegie Hall, the NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, and the Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, the concerto is the latest example of the composer’s fruitful relationship with master performers. The Triple Concerto is scored for violin, cello, and bayan, and Baiba Skride, Harriet Krijgh, and Elsbeth Moser will perform those parts respectively. Like her previous works, Gubaidulina’s Triple Concerto has a spiritual component. The piece’s three performers, three movements, and use of the triad as a musical germ are references to the Christian Trinity.

This week’s concerts will also continue Nelsons’ survey of Shostakovich symphonies by offering performances of the composer’s 75-minute Leningrad Symphony.

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

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