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BSO: Nelsons - all-Russian opener was memorable / Boston Globe review

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The opening program for the Boston Symphony Orchestra's 2016-2017 season was all-Russian, and even without any Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, or Rachmaninoff on the bill, it was a memorable evening, as BSO music director Andris Nelsons offered a fresh perspective on works by Shostakovich, Prokofiev, and Mussorgsky. The opening flourish was Shostakovich's six-minute "Festive Overture," which he wrote in 1954 for a concert at Moscow's Bolshoi Theatre to commemorate the 37th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution. The piece, which he's reported to have composed in just three days, is bookended by fanfares; in between, a theme from the composer's "Lady Macbeth of the Mtsenk District" and the influence of the Overture to Glinka's "Russlan and Ludmilla" are both palpable.

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