These Russian Jews exploded ethnic stereotypes by refusing to be known only as Jewish composers. These works identified them more with the nation in which they lived than with their ethnicity. Leon Botstein shares the stories behind the music in a lively 30-minute
Conductor’s Notes Q&A at 7 PM in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage. Free for all ticket holders.
The Rose and the Cross
Krein was one of the leading Russian modernist composers of the early 20th century. This work was inspired by settings from Aleksandr Blok’s last play, The Rose and The Cross.
Cello Concerto No. 2
Rubinstein, the prolific composer who founded the first music school in Russia, the St. Petersburg Conservatory, was already working on his fourth symphony and fifth piano concerto in the summer of 1874. But when these gave him trouble, he wrote this instead, incorporating traditional Russian styles into his work.
Symphony No. 1
These two pieces were written while the composers were in their early 20s and studying at the St. Petersburg Conservatory alongside Igor Stravinsky. The works show the great instruction these men were receiving from the likes of Rimsky-Korsakov, Glazunov, and Lyadov.
Aleksandr Krein – The Rose and the Cross (N.Y. Premiere)
Anton Rubinstein – Cello Concerto No. 2
Mikhail Gnesin – From Shelley (U.S. Premiere)
Maximilian Steinberg – Symphony No. 1 (U.S. Premiere)