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Wiener Symphoniker & Gautier Capuçon

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.' said Johannes Brahms, a little jealous, when he heard his friend Dvorák's cello concerto. 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 woman, 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 19:30, co-sponsored by the Muziekgebouw Eindhoven Friends Association.

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

Gautier Capuçon (© Anoush Abrar)

Petr Popelka (© Vojtech Brtnicky)