Bozar Music
Belgian National Orchestra

‘National Orchestra of Belgium’

13 Feb.'15
- 00:00

In the series of works commissioned by the National Orchestra to commemorate the First World War, today it is the turn of Benoît Mernier. The Violin Concerto by this Belgian composer is presented as a world premiere with Lorenzo Gatto, Queen Elisabeth Competition prize-winner, as soloist. After the interval, there follows the Seventh Symphony by Dmitri Sjostakovitsj. He wrote this monumental work - the average performance lasting 70 minutes - after being expelled from his city of Leningrad, under the authority of the advancing German troops at the time. It was his way of paying homage to the inhabitants who remained behind and the symphony was soon embraced worldwide as a musical call to stand up to fascism.
Andrey Boreyko

conductor

Lorenzo Gatto

violin

National Orchestra of Belgium
Benoît Mernier

Concerto for violin and orchestra (world premiere - commissioned by BNO in the frame of the centenary of World War I, with the support of the Services of the Prime Minister and of the National Lottery)

Dmitry Shostakovich

Symphony no. 7, op. 60, "Leningrad"

National Orchestra of Belgium
Benoît Mernier

Concerto for violin and orchestra (world premiere - commissioned by BNO in the frame of the centenary of World War I, with the support of the Services of the Prime Minister and of the National Lottery)

Dmitry Shostakovich

Symphony no. 7, op. 60, "Leningrad"

National Orchestra of Belgium
Benoît Mernier

Concerto for violin and orchestra (world premiere - commissioned by BNO in the frame of the centenary of World War I, with the support of the Services of the Prime Minister and of the National Lottery)

National Orchestra of Belgium

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