Thu, Apr 18 Concertgebouw Orchestra plays Haydn, Schumann and Prokofiev
Cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras makes his long-awaited first performance with the Concertgebouw Orchestra in Schumann’s mysterious Cello Concerto. And Maxim Emelyanychev will lead classical symphonies by Haydn and Prokofiev.
The world-famous cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras is the ideal interpreter of Robert Schumann’s lyric Cello Concerto. This work was never performed during Schumann’s lifetime, but it later achieved near-cult status because of its mysterious, dreamy middle movement. Remarkably, Queyras has never performed as soloist with the Concertgebouw Orchestra, so this is a unique and highly anticipated opportunity.
During his debut in 2021, the youthful Maxim Emelyanychev proved to be a multifaceted and communicative conductor; he was immediately invited to return. Now, he combines Schumann with Haydn and Prokofiev’s ‘classical’ symphonies. There are plenty of reasons why Prokofiev’s First Symphony, dating from 1916, is known as the ‘Classical.’ This is how Haydn’s music would have sounded if he had been alive in the twentieth century. Haydn will be represented in this programme with one of his final symphonies, composed in London: nicknamed the ‘Drumroll Symphony,’ it’s one of his most popular hits.
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Symphony No. 1 in D major, op. 25 'Classical'
Cello Concerto in A minor, op. 129
Symphony No. 103 in E-flat major 'Drumroll'