SCO 2019/20: ALTSTAEDT PLAYS SHOSTAKOVICH

SCO 2019/20: ALTSTAEDT PLAYS SHOSTAKOVICH

ALTSTAEDT PLAYS SHOSTAKOVICH Friday 21 February 2020 7.30pm Proudly sponsored by insider.co.uk and funded by Culture & Business Fund Scotland BEETHOVEN Coriolan Overture (8’) SHOSTAKOVICH Cello Concerto No 1 (28’) SCHUBERT Symphony No 4 in C minor ‘Tragic’ (31’) - NICOLAS ALTSTAEDT - Conductor / Cello   It is jaw-dropping to watch the skill and physicality of Nicolas Altstaedt switching between playing the toughest solo cello parts and directing the orchestra, then turning back to his cello to carry on, and doing it all so superbly. Shostakovich’s spiky, brilliant concerto is a powerhouse work that makes the most of his dramatic side. It sounds spectacular but troubled, perhaps because beneath those notes lies a web of secret codes and references to Shostakovich’s merciless oppressor, Joseph Stalin. There is a heroism to it which finds echoes in Beethoven’s theatrical Overture and Schubert’s ‘Tragic’ Symphony. That title was well chosen… for the first 2 minutes at least: then it all gets considerably jollier!

  • 21 Feb 2020
  • Dates & times
  • City Halls
    Candleriggs, Glasgow G1 1NQ
    http://maps.google.com/?ll=55.8589853,-4.2451662&q=City+Halls
  • Venue: City Halls
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