Beethoven & Shostakovich

Wednesday 22 Apr 2015, 7.30pm
Bedford Corn Exchange

Concert

Christian Kluxen conductor

Chiara Enderle cello

Brahms, Liebeslieder-Walzer Op 52 (excerpts)biography

Shostakovich, Cello Concerto No. 1 in E flat (Op. 107)biography

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Beethoven, Symphony No. 3, Eroicabiography | programme note

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

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