Dvořák Symphony No. 8 & Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 2

Nov 17

8:00 PM

Liszt, Prokofiev, Dvořák

Thursday, November 17, 2016

French conductor Emmanuel Krivine conducts a program featuring Liszt’s dazzling symphonic poem Les préludes and acclaimed pianist Denis Kozhukhin in Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2. Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8 is full of charming sounds of nature.

Enjoy a Q&A with Denis Kozhukhin (piano) after the Tuesday CSO concert.

Note for the Newcomer: The first CSO subscription performances of Prokofiev's Second Piano Concerto at Orchestra Hall took place in 1930 with the composer as soloist.


Liszt Les préludes, Symphonic Poem No. 3
Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 2
Dvořák Symphony No. 8

Scarlatti Sonata in C-sharp Minor, K. 247 [11/17 & 11/18 ENCORE]
Bach/Siloti Prelude in B Minor [11/19 ENCORE]

Preconcert Conversation Information

Preconcert conversation with John Novak
30 minute run-time

Thursday, November 17, 7 p.m. Grainger Ballroom
Friday, November 18, 12:15 p.m. Armour Stage
Saturday, November 19, 7 p.m. Grainger Ballroom
Tuesday, November 22, 6:30 p.m. Grainger Ballroom

Additional Dates for this Program

When he returns this week for his second set of concerts with the CSO, Denis Kozhukhin will be heard in Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2 — his favorite among the composer’s five works in that form. He first heard the piece when he was around 12 years old, and “I got really obsessed with the piece,” he said. "Literally every night before going to sleep I would hear it again and again.” Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories

Emmanuel Krivine, whose podium experience dates to the ’60s, has long centered his work in Europe. And so the French-born maestro will make a belated guest-conducting debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra during concerts on Nov. 17-19 and 22. As he often does, he will steer clear of French repertory, leading instead a program that will feature Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with Denis Kozhukhin, as well as works by Liszt and Dvořák. Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories

Emmanuel Krivine leads the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in the exciting finale of Dvořák's Symphony No. 8, with strings and brass going full tilt in a race to the finish. Writing for the Chicago Classical Review, critic Lawrence A. Johnson reminds modern-day listeners that at the historic 1893 Columbian Exposition, Dvořák himself led the CSO in its first performances of the symphony. "The popular work has had several memorable local outings since and the exhilarating performance delivered by Krivine and the musicians Thursday night was in that same fine tradition. ... The performance was rounded off with a rousing account of the finale, Krivine pushing down hard on the accelerator in the closing bars to thrilling effect." Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories


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