The Great Concertos: Dvořák’s Cello Concerto

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ULSTER HALL
FRIDAY 19 JANUARY 2018, 7.45pm

£10 – £29

Elgar                                                      Introduction and Allegro

Dvořák                                                  Cello Concerto
Sibelius                                                Symphony No. 4

Jac van Steen CONDUCTOR
Johannes Moser CELLO

“Why on earth didn’t I know that one could write a violincello concerto like this? If I had only known, I would have written one long ago!” Johannes Brahms

Written whilst Dvořák was in the USA and struggling with homesickness, his Cello Concerto is not only filled with longing for home but also a more deeply personal anguish – his sister-in-law (and first love) Josefina was seriously ill. He wove her favourite song into the piece and it is an exquisite tribute. Johannes Moser will bring all the intimately-held emotions of this work to life.

”…[Johannes Moser’s] playing unites a sleekly streamlined technique with an alert and in-the-moment musicality, and on this occasion his brisk forward-leaning tempos in the third movement in particular had the hall on the edge of its collective seat. The crowd wasted no time in rewarding him with a robust ovation…” (Boston Globe)

Sibelius too was suffering from enormous personal anguish when he wrote his Fourth Symphony, whilst around him Finland struggled to recover from a terrible famine and Europe hurtled towards the First World War. The result is dark and compact, but with a steeliness and determination to endure; the result is a symphony which Sibelius said “represents a very important and great part of me.”

Free pre-concert talk at 7pm with soloist Johannes Moser. All welcome.

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