Jurowski, Helmchen & Shostakovich 8

Apr 27-29, 2023


Vladimir Jurowski marks his return to Symphony Center with Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 8. In this immense wartime symphony, Shostakovich searches for hope and renewal beyond the anguish of violence and honors the ordinary people who contributed — and suffered — away from the frontlines. Celebrated pianist Martin Helmchen brings his “powerful yet refined approach” (The New York Times) to Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 25. This late Mozart masterwork navigates a fascinating series of twists and turns — from its expansive first movement and tranquil second to its triumphant finale.


Piano Concerto No. 25


Symphony No. 8

J.S. Bach

Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 639 [April 29 Encore]


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Thirteen years after making his podium debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Vladimir Jurowski finally returns this spring. "I remember well the orchestra’s virtuosity and vibrant style, and its immense emotional force."
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Of Mozart's piano concertos, Martin Helmchen reports that "it’s impossible to pick a favorite because there are so, so many candidates. It’s a lifelong journey, and I’m almost through with the major ones.”
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