The distinguished Russian cellist Natalia Gutman has developed rich ties to the Boston Philharmonic in recent years, and she is back in town this weekend for another set of performances under the baton of Benjamin Zander. This time she brings with her Shostakovich's Second Cello Concerto, music she knows from the inside, having lived through the dark era out of which it was born. These concerts, we are told, are her only U.S. engagements of the season.
I spoke with Gutman on a previous visit, at which time she shared memories of her musical life in the final decades of the Soviet Union. You can read the interview here. And read more here about this weekend's program (which also features music by Mussorgsky as well as Prokofiev's "Romeo and Juliet").