Symphony in songs

with Eva-Maria Westbroek

Amsterdam Sinfonietta’s first successful collaboration with the soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek was at the Holland Festival in 2015. Now she makes a return appearance, teaming up with the bass Mikhail Petrenko as soloists in Shostakovich’s Fourteenth Symphony.

za 08 juni 2019 • Theater Heerlen, Heerlen - 20.00 uur


Amsterdam Sinfonietta
Candida Thompson artistic director and violin
Eva-Maria Westbroek soprano
Mikhail Petrenko bass

- Pärt • Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten
- Britten • Variations on a theme by Frank Bridge
- Shostakovich • Symphony no. 14 for soprano, bass and chamber orchestra

Dmitri Shostakovich’s Fourteenth Symphony is an impressive work, and is even considered by many to be his most impressive achievement. He found inspiration for this composition while orchestrating his favourite work, Mussorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death. His ‘symphony in song’ was composed to superb poetry drawn from the world literature. Benjamin Britten - to whom this symphony is dedicated - conducted the work’s première in the free Western world. The celebrated Dutch singer Eva-Maria Westbroek is internationally recognised as one of the most expressive and versatile sopranos of our day. In 2006 she made a dream debut at De Nederlandse Opera in Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth and has gone on to make regular appearances in major opera houses throughout the world. Eva-Maria Westbroek first collaborated with Amsterdam Sinfonietta at the 2015 Holland Festival.

Mikhail Petrenko fulfills roles in the world’s major opera houses, and has worked with Eva-Maria Westbroek on multiple occasions. Petrenko already sang Shostakovich’s Symphony nr. 14 with the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, conducted by Valery Gergiev. That performance was also used in a dvd series by Gergiev, where he recorded all of Shostakovich’s symphonies and to great critical acclaim.

‘Mikhail Petrenko deed met zijn energieke en kraakheldere krachtstem zowel de virulente als de schrijnende passages gloeien.’

-NRC, on Shostakovitch’s 13th Symphony

Mikhail Petrenko. Foto: Alexandra Bodrova

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