Christian Kluxen conductor
Chiara Enderle cello
Shostakovich, Cello Concerto No. 1 in E flat (Op. 107)
Beethoven was just putting the finishing touches to his Eroica Symphony when his hero, Napoleon, declared himself ‘Emperor’ and so, in Beethoven’s eyes, became ‘just another tyrant’ – Napoleon’s front page dedication was duly scored out and ‘Eroica’ put in its place. The symphony itself is fuelled with drama, with brutal dynamics rammed home, harmonic dissonances revelled in as never before, and fizzing virtuosity demanded of the players at every turn. Dedicated to another kind of hero, Shostakovich’s First Cello Concerto was written for legendary cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, who loved the piece so much that he memorised it in just three days.
This concert is supported by Pierre Fournier Award