DSO in association with Darwin Festival presents
Master Series I
“I write about the sky, the earth, tears, the heart…” – Tan Dun
Composer of the music score to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Tan Dun is a composer of great versatility and imagination who is equally at home writing for the cinema, concert hall or opera house. The world’s great orchestras have been lining up to perform his music, and now the DSO perform his music for the first time in this extraordinary piece for solo double bass and orchestra, performed by one of Australia’s leading instrumentalists Stuart Thomson.
“Musicians will like to play it, and critics will delight in blasting it.” – Shostakovich on his 9th symphony
Shostakovich was right. The public loved it and the Soviet officials hated it. Less than a year after its premiere, Soviet critics censured the symphony for its ‘ideological weakness’ and ‘failure to reflect the spirit of the people’. The people in power saw this symphony as a calculated provocation and made the composer’s life almost unbearable. Shostakovich would not premiere another symphony until the death of his oppressor, Stalin, in 1953. Tonight’s program concludes with Shostakovich’s 9th symphony, a highly lyrical and expressive work that still invokes questions surrounding its genesis. Is this a work aimed to debunk the ideology and pomp of the bureaucracy or an abstract work, pure and simple? You decide in this evening of stunning symphonic repertoire under the baton of our esteemed Artistic Director and Chief Conductor Matthew Wood.