Weill: Symphony No. 2 - Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra & Lahav Shani

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Album-Release:
2021

HRA-Release:
13.05.2022

Label: Warner Classics

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Orchestral

Artist: Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra & Lahav Shani

Composer: Kurt Weill (1900-1950), Dmitri Schostakowitsch (1906-1975)

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  • Kurt Weill (1900 - 1950): Symphony No. 2, "Symphonic Fantasy":
  • 1Weill: Symphony No. 2, "Symphonic Fantasy": I. Sostenuto - Allegro Molto09:46
  • 2Weill: Symphony No. 2, "Symphonic Fantasy": II. Largo11:03
  • 3Weill: Symphony No. 2, "Symphonic Fantasy": III. Allegro Vivace06:33
  • Dmitri Shostakovich (1906 - 1975): Symphony No. 5 in D Minor, Op. 47:
  • 4Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 in D Minor, Op. 47: I. Moderato (Live)16:41
  • 5Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 in D Minor, Op. 47: II. Allegretto (Live)05:21
  • 6Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 in D Minor, Op. 47: III. Largo (Live)15:59
  • 7Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 in D Minor, Op. 47: IV. Allegro non troppo (Live)11:36
  • Total Runtime01:16:59

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Two symphonies from the turbulent 1930s are juxtaposed in Lahav Shani’s second Warner Classics release as Chief Conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. Shani has described Kurt Weill’s Symphony No 2, premiered by Bruno Walter in Amsterdam in 1933, as “one of my favourite pieces to conduct… It is tonal music, very melodic, very theatrical, and really not comparable to anything else.” Shostakovich’s powerful Symphony No 5, with its enigmatic interplay of sincerity and irony, was chosen by Shani to conclude his inaugural concert as Music Director in Rotterdam in 2018.

Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
Lahav Shani, conductor



Lahav Shani
has established himself as one of the most talked about young conducting talents making a huge impression with his astonishing maturity and natural, instinctive musicality. In September 2018 he takes over as Chief Conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, succeeding Yannick Nézet-Séguin and becoming the youngest Chief Conductor in the orchestra’s history. In the 2020/21 season, Shani will succeed Zubin Mehta as Music Director of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, and will be the orchestra’s Music Director Designate from 2019/20.

n the 2017/18 season, Shani became Principal Guest Conductor of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, following a number of appearances with the orchestra since his debut in May 2015, including a major European tour in January 2016. Shani also works regularly with the Berlin Staatskapelle, both at the Berlin Staatsoper and also for symphonic concerts. In spring 2019 he will return to conduct “Don Giovanni” at the Berlin Staatsoper.

Recent and upcoming highlights as a guest conductor include engagements with the Vienna Philharmonic, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Dresden Staatskapelle, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Boston Symphony, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Philadelphia Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Bamberger Symphoniker and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France.

Shani’s close relationship with the Israel Philharmonic started in 2007 when he performed Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto under the baton of Zubin Mehta and continued in the following years as both a pianist and also as a double-bass player. Shani was born in Tel Aviv in 1989 and started his piano studies aged six with Hannah Shalgi, continuing with Prof. Arie Vardi at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music in Tel Aviv. He went on to complete his studies in conducting with Prof. Christian Ehwald and piano with Prof. Fabio Bidini, both at the Academy of Music Hanns Eisler Berlin. Whilst a student he was mentored by Daniel Barenboim. In 2013 he won First Prize in the Gustav Mahler International Conducting Competition in Bamberg.

As a pianist Shani made his solo recital debut at the Boulez Saal in Berlin in July 2018. He has play-directed piano concerti with many orchestras including the Philharmonia Orchestra, Staatskapelle Berlin, and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. Recent concerto engagements include appearances with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Beethoven Triple Concerto with Renaud and Gautier Capuçon with the Israel Philharmonic. Shani also has considerable experience performing chamber music appearing recently at the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, the Cologne Philharmonie and the Verbier Festival.

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