Last night I heard #PacificSymphony perform #Shostakovich's#Symphony No. 10 and #Piano Concerto No. 2.
What. An. Evening.
Alexander #Toradze's piano-shaped extension of his soul had ownership of my jaw. I think I was a mouth-breather for the entire second movement; the smooth, quiet #beauty moved me through #time while suspending time.
Pacific Symphony is brilliant not only in their #musicality, but also in #educating us in the audience. They prepared us with history and Shostakovich insights to better appreciate and understand the #composer and the #Soviet oppression of his #creativity.
Stalin himself critiqued his music, and Shostakovich feared for his life. Oh, how I appreciate my present #freedoms; I can write any #music I wish and not worry about #government thugs coming after me. I hope these freedoms last; we #Americans are actively reminding the president of our country that the #Constitution outlines THREE branches of government, not one.
I recommend YouTubing the second movement of his Piano Concerto No. 2. Beauty and pain and beauty and beauty. Imagine hearing this music live. Oh, oh, oh.