© Stephan Oláh

Wiener Symphoniker & Gautier Capuçon

Gautier Capuçon plays Dvořák's cello concerto
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Sat 20 Apr ’24 20:15 uur

Petr Popelka, conductor 
Gautier Capuçon, cello 
Dvořák - Cello concerto  
R. Strauss - Don Juan 
R. Strauss - Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche

Sat 20 Apr ’24
20:15 uur
  • Sat 20 Apr ’24
    20:15 uur
    Main Hall
  • A drink is included in the price

'If I knew you could write a cello concerto like that, I would have made one a long time ago.' So said Johannes Brahms, a little jealous, when he heard his friend Dvorák's cello concerto. But alas so, the most played cello concerto ever was written by the hot-blooded Czech and not by Brahms. A work that has it all; it's heroic, it's powerful, it's lyrical, and it's wistful where, toward the end, Dvorák quotes a song he dedicated to a recently deceased beloved wife, his sister-in-law Josefina. In the hands of French cellist Gautier Capuçon, this becomes a top-notch experience: 'his slender but penetrating sound and rhythmic sharpness were matched by his abundance of lyrical feeling.' (Chicago Tribune).

There will be a free introduction at 7:30 PM, co-sponsored by the Muziekgebouw Eindhoven Friends Association.

Wiener Concertverein was originally called the Wiener Symphoniker. They gave their first concert on Oct. 30, 1900, in the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna. The city had a long-held desire to have its own permanent symphony orchestra, which wanted to make "serious classical music more accessible to a wider audience. Who climbed the trestle back then? Gustav Mahler, Anton Webern, Franz Schreker and Richard Strauss. Who would have liked to lead it today, too, as his two best-known symphonic poems are on the program. Don Juan is after a German (anti)heroic poem, with Strauss instructing his musicians at the time: 'Think back to the time when you were just married. Then it will all sound good.' By which he meant only that it churns with eroticism. Till Eulenspiegel became his most playful score.

Gautier Capuçon (© Anoush Abrar)

Petr Popelka (© Vojtech Brtnicky)