Nov 30, 2017
Join conductor and host Joshua Weilerstein as we return to Shostakovich for a look at his 4th String Quartet, one of his less well-known pieces, but one that is as profound and meaningful as it gets. We'll explore the historical background of the piece, including Shostakovich's relationship with the Soviet Government and Joseph Stalin. We'll also explore the Jewish themes of the quartet, as Shostakovich was acutely aware and sympathetic to Jews who were living in the USSR during the terror of 1948-1953. But of course, the main focus will be the music. How did Shostakovich write politically resistant music at a time when this was highly dangerous? What were his secrets that are only being uncovered today, almost 70 years after the piece was written?