Video Flashback: Shostakovich, Michelangelo & The Artistic Conscience

In the hit series Sight & Sound at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Leon Botstein and The Orchestra Now explore the parallels between music and art. Now you can enjoy our 2018 performance of Shostakovich’s “Suite on Verses of Michelangelo” with baritone Tyler Duncan, which was live streamed on Facebook. Scroll down for more details, below the video.

Conductor and music historian Leon Botstein and The Orchestra Now (TŌN) explore Shostakovich’s “Suite on Verses of Michelangelo Buonarroti” and works from The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibition “Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer.” Recorded live at The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on February 11, 2018.
Tyler Duncan, baritone

Introduction 1:29
Remarks by Carmen C. Bambach, curator of the exhibition “Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer” 1:57
Discussion & Excerpts with Leon Botstein and The Orchestra Now 3:51
Review of artworks from the exhibition “Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer” 37:43
Performance of Shostakovich’s “Suite on Verses by Michelangelo Buonarroti” 46:05
Truth 47:43
Morning 52:03
Love 54:46
Separation 58:20
Anger 1:00:39
Dante 1:02:37
To the Exile 1:06:04
Creativity 1:10:45
Night 1:13:24
Death 1:17:54
Immortality 1:22:10
Q&A with the Audience 1:27:17

Dmitri Shostakovich
Born: 9/25/1906 in St. Petersburg
Died: 8/9/1975 at age 68 in Moscow

Written: 1974, at age 67

Premiered: 10/12/1975 at the Moscow Conservatory Bolshoi Hall in Moscow; USSR Radio and Television Orchestra; Maxim Shostakovich, conductor