Utah Symphony: Shostakovich’s Tenth | Entertainment Picks | Salt Lake City | Salt Lake City Weekly

Utah Symphony: Shostakovich’s Tenth 

Friday 1.29

Pin It

With conductor Keith Lockhart gone, there has been a “rest note” for the Utah Symphony. To whom did they look to replace Lockhart’s charm and charisma? Meet Swiss native Thierry Fischer (pictured), the seventh music director in 70 years.

This flautist and composer has waved his spirited baton all over the world, most recently with the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra. Typically wearing a bow tie, he dazzles with his delicacy in leading and clarity in layering. His highly anticipated first conducting debut (and only one of ths season) showcases Shostakovich’s Tenth Symphony. Subsequently, he will present five masterworks next season, followed by another 12 in 2011-12.

Acclaimed as the composer’s most impressive creation, Shostakovich’s Tenth’s long first movement, longer than the next two combined, embodies the spirit of symphony—grand, yet finely detailed. Deeply imbedded in this work are allusions to the composer’s own society and love life. The second fierce movement is a rough sketch of Stalin, fitting for a symphony released soon after the dictator’s death and the Soviets’ upheaval of artistic intolerance. The third movement is based upon two encrypted modes—one representing Shostakovich, the other the woman of his heart, Elmira Nazirova. As the movement progresses, the modes begin at a distance and get closer and closer. That’s romance.

The lengthy final movement begins slowly but builds quickly to a passionate allegro. Overall, the work is vivid and full of character—an excellent piece for Fischer to launch his career with the Utah Symphony. Welcome aboard.

Utah Symphony: Shostakovich’s Tenth @ Abravanel Hall, 123 W. South Temple, 801-323-6800, Jan. 29-30, 8 p.m. UtahSymphony.org

Pin It

Speaking of The Essentials

  • Brandon Mull: Beyonders

    Thursday April 14 @ The King’s English Bookshop
    • Apr 14, 2011
  • The Perfect Fit

    Through April 3 @ Kimball Art Center
    • Mar 31, 2011
  • Utah St. Patrick's Day Celebrations

    On Saturday, March 12, the Hibernian Society of Utah's traditional Salt Lake City downtown St. Patrick's Day parade winds through the Gateway from 400 West and 200 North beginning at 10 a.m. ...
    • Mar 11, 2011
  • More »

More by Austen Diamond

Latest in Entertainment Picks

Readers also liked…

© 2022 Salt Lake City Weekly

Website powered by Foundation