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Overture, Coriolan (8’)
SHOSTAKOVICH Cello Concerto No 1 (28’)
Symphony No 4 in C minor ‘Tragic’ (31’)
NICOLAS ALTSTAEDT - Conductor / Cello
It is jaw-dropping to watch the skill and physicality of Nicolas Altstaedt switching between playing the toughest solo cello parts and directing the orchestra, then turning back to his cello to carry on, and doing it all so superbly. Shostakovich’s spiky, brilliant concerto is a powerhouse work that makes the most of his dramatic side. It sounds spectacular but troubled, perhaps because beneath those notes lies a web of secret codes and references to Shostakovich’s merciless oppressor, Joseph Stalin.
There is a heroism to it which finds echoes in Beethoven’s theatrical Overture and Schubert’s ‘Tragic’ Symphony. That title was well chosen… for the first 2 minutes at least: then it all gets considerably jollier!
Digital editions of the programmes are now available for sale for £2 from https://issuu.com/scomusic
These can be purchased and read online or downloaded the morning of the first concert of the week. We will then make these available free of charge the following Monday.
Traditional printed programmes will still be on sale at the venue for £3.
Renowned worldwide for his musical integrity and effortless virtuosity German-French cellist Nicolas Altstaedt is one of the most sought after and versatile artists today. As a soloist, conductor and artistic director of he enthralls audiences with repertoire spanning from the baroque to the contemporary.
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