RUSH HOUR #14: REMEMBERING BOULEZ
ST JOHN’S WATERLOO
Shostakovich Symphony No.14
Maxime Tortelier conductor
Helena Gourd flute
Anush Hovhannisyan soprano
Jihoon Kim bass
Pierre Boulez, who died at the very start of the year, was a searingly imaginative composer who shaped the soundscape of the twentieth century and beyond. Mémoriale shows his artistic ingenuity, exploring every conceivable sound of the flute amidst a mosaic of tiny gestures.
“I want my listeners, as they leave the hall after hearing my symphony, to think that life is truly beautiful”, Shostakovich said of his Fourteenth Symphony which features two singers – here both Royal Opera House Jette Parker Young Artists. Almost a one-act opera in its sense of drama and character, it is a profound and powerful work based upon 11 contemplative poems.
Maxime Tortelier was Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s Young Conductor in Association from 2012 – 2014 and has since gone on to conduct ensembles internationally, including the Orchestre National de France, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg and Ulster Orchestra. In 2015 he made his BBC Proms debut with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.
This concert will be recorded for BBC Radio 3 broadcast.
Please note that Charles Hazlewood is no longer available to conduct this concert, as advertised in our Concert Diary. We apologise for any disappointment.
Hear a preview of Boulez’s Mémoriale, performed by Ensemble InterContemporain: