Lunchtime Concert - Mercurial Spirit
Elder Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra
Luke Dollman conductor
Jack Overall cello
Schumann Cello Concerto in A Minor, Op. 129
Shostakovich Symphony No. 9
A short, transparent work, almost Haydenesque in character, Shostakovich’s Ninth sits lightly between such giants as his tragic Eighth and Tenth Symphonies. Schumann’s cello concerto has recently become a staple piece of the romantic cello repertoire after a century of obscurity. It’s a work that combines the composer’s most unique and personal qualities – intense lyricism, rhythmic vigor and a fair amount of ambiguity.