BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra Shostakovich 15
Janaček Sinfonietta (c.24 mins)
Shostakovich Concerto for Piano, Trumpet and String Orchestra (c.23 mins)
Shostakovich Symphony no.15 (c.47 mins)
Mark O’keeffe trumpet
Garrick Ohlsson piano
Alpesh Chauhan conductor
Some composers fade peacefully into old age: others do things rather differently. The 71 year-old Janácek took a massive orchestra, lined up eleven more trumpets and let fl y with his extraordinary Sinfonietta: a huge, brassy shout of joy that has to be heard live to be truly believed.
Shostakovich, meanwhile, wrote a final symphony that seems to ask as many questions as it answers – and simply refuses to sit still and be taken seriously. Perhaps the brilliantly witty First Piano Concerto that Shostakovich wrote at the other end of his career will shed some light; but with BBC SSO guest Garrick Ohlsson joining Alpesh Chauhan as soloist, entertainment, at any rate, is guaranteed.