About the Concert
Dmitri Shostakovich was only 18 years old when he introduced himself to a larger audience with his 1st Symphony. And the audience was rightly reminded of Stravinsky and his "Petrushka" ballet music as well as of Prokofiev. But Shostakovich probably thought even more of Charlie Chaplin, whose great fan he was. For in large parts this symphony could also be music for his films. Aram Khachaturian, on the other hand, was thinking of the eponymous jealousy drama by the poet Lermonotov, which he had just experienced in the theater when he composed his "Masquerade". The result is music full of passion and abysses And for one of the most famous violinists of the 20th century ever, for David Oistrakh, he composed his Violin Concerto. In our concert it is played by a namesake of the composer, which is pure coincidence.