Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto
Presented by New Jersey Symphony Orchestra
HANS GRAF conductor
JEFFREY KAHANE piano
NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Van Cliburn finalist Jeffrey Kahane “occupies an exalted position among living pianists” (Bachtrack); he’s sure to enthrall in Beethoven’s iconic concerto. Works by Ravel and Shostakovich—one elegiac, the other mischievous—make appealing bookends.
RAVEL Le tombeau de Couperin
Each of the four wistful and elegant movements commemorates a friend who died in battle during World War I. The oboe shines throughout.
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 4
Grand yet nuanced; generations of listeners have loved this piece, and critics have judged it to be among Beethoven’s greatest and most innovative works.
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 1
Shostakovich composed this sardonic work at 18; it was an enormous success, instantly bringing him international attention.