The Brazilian Symphonic Orchestra (OSB) presents today (26), at 8 pm, on its pages in the Facebook and in the Youtube, the third concert of the Brazilian Classic Series, conducted by Mariana Menezes. The exhibition, still without the presence of the public, was recorded in the Sala Cecília Meireles, in Rio de Janeiro, on the 18th, after four rehearsals carried out in the previous week.
The program includes works by Jocy de Oliveira, Dmitri Shostakovich and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. “The direction of the orchestra chose a repertoire that had a stylistic variety and that represented different historical periods. There are three very different styles,” Mariana told Brazil Agency. Soloists Marina Considera, Simone Leitão and Jessé Sadoc were also invited. “I’m sure we built something very interesting for the public,” said the conductor.
The presentation will open with the piece for soprano and string orchestra who cares if she creates, by Jocy de Oliveira, commissioned by the OSB and premiered in 2006. Marina Considera will be the soloist. The title of the work is based on the lyrics of an anonymous 16th century melody referring to Shakespeare’s Ophelia.
As informed by the OSB, through its press office, Jocy de Oliveira is a pioneer of multimedia work in Brazil that involves music, theater, texts, installations, video and cinema. She conceived and directed several videos, in addition to composing, scripting and directing nine operas of her own, presented in different countries and distributed on DVDs. As a composer and pianist, Jocy recorded 25 albums in Brazil and abroad. “His work has a lot of impact and unconventional forms”, defined Mariana Menezes.
Contemporary and classic
The second work is the Piano Concerto #1, by Dmitri Shostakovich, with the participation of pianist Simone Leitão and trumpeter Jessé Sadoc. The work was composed in 1933 and is intended for a concerto for piano, trumpet and string orchestra, featuring quotations and musical parodies of popular German and English songs.
Shostakovich is considered one of the greatest composers of the 20th century, notable for his “unique harmonic language and historical importance due to his years of work under Stalin”, noted the OSB. It was also influenced by the neoclassical style of Igor Stravinsky and by the romanticism of Gustav Mahler, especially in his symphonies.
The program will be closed by the OSB with the Symphony No. 40, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, known as great symphony. The work is structured in four movements, according to the traditional arrangement of the classical period established by Haydn: fast movement, slow movement, minuet, fast movement. Mozart composed 41 symphonies. Number 40 was written in 1788, three years before his death, at the age of 35. This symphony inspired Beethoven and Schubert and is among Mozart’s most admired and most performed and recorded works, according to the OSB.
This is the first time that Mariana Menezes has been invited to conduct the Brazilian Symphonic Orchestra. She has been conducting orchestras in Brazil and abroad, as a guest, but stated that the OSB is important because it bears the name of Brazil. “That’s why I feel very honored and happy,” she said.
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