SUNDAY 5 NOVEMBER 2017 3pm


STEVEN ISSERLIS*
Cello

 

OBERON OVERTURE
Carl Maria von Weber

CELLO CONCERTO NO. 1*
Camille Saint-Saëns

BEETHOVEN SYMPHONY NO. 5
Ludwig van Beethoven

 

MARK SHANAHAN
Conductor

Our November concert opens with Weber’s much-loved overture Oberon, whose delicate and light-footed orchestration inspired many composers from the next generation, especially Mendelssohn and Berlioz. For our concerto, the Cello Concerto No. 1 by Camille Saint-Saëns, we welcome back the acclaimed cellist Steven Isserlis after a long absence from our concerts. Steven is well known for his profound musicianship, technical mastery and his diverse repertoire. The Saint-Saëns concerto is a youthful composition but the musicologist Donald Tovey rated it as one of the few in which the solo cello can always be heard against the orchestra, no matter in what register of the instrument is being played. Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony which ends our concert needs no introduction: its declamatory opening has surely made it the most well known of all symphonies but its popularity has not diminished our admiration for the mastery of its construction or the power of the music.