Andris Nelsons, conductor; Yuja Wang, piano; Rafi Bellamy Plaice, boy soprano
Pianist Yuja Wang joins Andris Nelsons and the BSO as soloist in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1, published before but written after the Piano Concerto No. 2. The work bears the marks of the highly original genius Beethoven would soon become, but is a natural progression from the Classical style of Mozart and Haydn. To begin the program, Maestro Nelsons leads the orchestra in Mendelssohn’s elegant and fiery Symphony No. 4, Italian. Boy soprano Rafi Bellamy Plaice and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus joins the BSO for the concluding work, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, an uplifting work with Hebrew text, composed for a 1965 music festival at Chichester Cathedral in Sussex, England.