Schumann's Cello Concerto
Australian conductor Simone Young is back with a young star cellist.
Wednesday 9 January 2019 19.00Ends approximately 20.50
Robert Schumann’s Cello Concerto is a masterpiece of thoughtfulness and dreamy passion. “I cannot compose for virtuosos, I must try something else,” is Schumann’s own statement on the music. The warmly expressive first movement is followed by a lyrical and melodic middle movement. The final, lively and good-natured rondo picks up the tempo and adds playfulness. In addition, Robert Schumann deeply disliked it when audiences applauded between movements during concerts. Therefore, all movements in the Cello Concerto are played attacca, or without pause.
Performing the solo is the young Kian Soltani, who has had successes on many of the world’s largest concert stages in recent years. When Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra guest-performed at Konserthuset in spring 2017, Kian Soltani was one of the soloists.
Australian conductor Simone Young and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic’s string section will begin the concert with Arnold Schoenberg’s beautiful Notturno – Night Music. In conclusion, we will hear Austrian composer Franz Schmidt’s fourth and final symphony. This elegant and brightly coloured music is also powerful without ever being pompous.
The musicApproximate times
Arnold Schönberg Notturno for strings and harp4 min
Robert Schumann Cello Concerto23 min
Kian Soltani Persian Fire Dance for cello solo6 min
Franz Schmidt Symphony No. 444 min
- Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
- Simone Young conductor
- Kian Soltani cello