CSO - Lamb & Hayward Masterworks: From The New World
Swedish cellist Torleif Thedéen makes his CSO debut, performing Dimitri Shostakovich’s witty and sardonic Cello Concerto No 1.
Thedéen came to international attention in 1985 after winning both the Rostropovich and Pablo Cassals cello competitions. Today, he performs throughout the globe and his extensive recordings have attracted critical acclaim, including the Cannes Classical Award for his CD of Shostakovich Cello Concertos.
Czech romantic composer Antonín Dvořák composed his ninth symphony during his tenure as Director of the National Conservatory of America. This, his final symphony, is heavily influenced by Native American and African American music traditions as well as his beloved Czech folk melodies. The title of John Psathas’ Tarantismo is taken from the term tarantism – the hysterical condition believed to be caused by the bite of the tarantula spider. As far back as 1100 BC, it was believed that this fast paced whirling dance could counter the effects of the tarantula’s venomous bite.