Together with the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, he will present the first two symphonies by Dmitry Shostakovich and by Jean Sibelius.
The St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra will perform under the remounted Finnish conductor Leif Segerstam on February 24. As the concert organizers told Saint-Petersburg TV Channel, the proramme includes two symphonies by Dmitry Shostakovich and by Jean Sibelius.
Segerstam has declared his love for music by Shostakovich more than once, and his repertoire includes almost all of the Russian composer’s pieces.
‘It is symbolic that I have chosen the first symphonies. Because you can hear a lot of motifs inspired by Russian music in Sibelius’ symphony. Shostakovich has it in a more grotesque way, under the influence of neoclassicism,’ Leif Segerstam explains.
The Finnish conductor has already cooperated with the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra. In December of 2017, he conducted the opera Mulan in Nanjing. And the maestro visits Russia with concerts quite often.
Photo: St. Petersburg TV channel