SWR Symphonieorchester / Antoine Tamestit / Teodor Currentzis

Nikodijević: Viola Concerto / Shostakovich: Symphony No. 13

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Teodor Currentzis
Teodor Currentzis © Alexandra Muraveva
Antoine Tamestit
Antoine Tamestit © Philippe Matsas

Music as memorial

Shostakovich’s 13th Symphony »Babi Yar«, which thematises the National Socialists’ massacre of Ukrainian Jews in 1941, is one of the most harrowing musical denouncements of crimes against humanity. In his role as chief conductor of the SWR Symphony Orchestra, the Greek-Russian star conductor Teodor Currentzis now presents this magnum opus. Antoine Tamestit also performs a new viola concerto written especially for him by the Serbian composer Marko Nikodijević.

In his works, Nikodijević often combines musical quotations from different historical eras to create a sensuous and opulent tonal language. This is particularly true of his 2022 Viola Concerto.

Exactly 60 years earlier, in December 1962, Shostakovich’s 13th Symphony for bass, men’s chorus and orchestra was given its premiere in Moscow. The title »Babi Yar« refers to a 1961 poem of the same name by Yevgeny Yevtushenko about the murder of 34,000 Jews by the SS in Babi Yar, Ukraine.


SWR Symphonieorchester

Estnischer Nationaler Männerchor

Alexander Vinogradov bass

Antoine Tamestit viola

conductor Teodor Currentzis


Marko Nikodijević
Psalmodie for Viola and Orchestra / commissioned by SWR

– Interval –

Dmitri Schostakowitsch
Symphony No. 13 in B-flat minor, Op. 113 »Babi Yar«

Pre-Concert Talk

with Verena Mogl (in German)

19:00 / Elbphilharmonie, Großer Saal

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Teodor Currentzis

Promoter: HamburgMusik

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