Nelsons Conducts Strauss

Thursday 13 January 2011 at 7.30pm

Symphony Hall, Birmingham +44 (0)121-780 3333

 City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Andris Nelsons  conductor
Gautier Capuçon  cello

Beethoven: Egmont Overture 8′
Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 1 28′
Strauss: Ein Heldenleben 46′

Richard Strauss liked to blow his own trumpets… and his horns,
trombones and tubas! So when he used a massive orchestra to tell the
story of an imaginary hero, complete with enemies and battles (and a
shamelessly explicit love scene), it’s not hard to work out who he actually
had in mind: himself. But Ein Heldenleben (A Hero’s Life) is more than
just an irresistibly flamboyant musical self-portrait; it’s one of the all-time
great orchestral showpieces. Andris Nelsons’s recent recording of Ein
Heldenleben with the CBSO won worldwide acclaim, with one critic
declaring it “one of the most sumptuous and refined ever put on to disc”.
Don’t miss this chance to hear it live, or to hear the brilliant French cellist
Gautier Capuçon in a very different musical autobiography:
Shostakovich’s punchy First Cello Concerto. www.cbso.co.uk

CBSO’s recording of Ein Heldenleben with Der Rosenkavalier – Suite available from http://www.prestoclassical.co.uk/r/Orfeo/C803091A

Review by Norman Stinchcombe, Birmingham Post:

http://www.birminghampost.net/life-leisure-birmingham-guide/birmingham-culture/music-in-birmingham/2011/01/16/review-ein-heldenleben-strauss-cbso-andris-nelsons-at-birmingham-symphony-hall-65233-27998007/

… “The various episodes were vividly characterized. The woodwind whined and bickered as the hero’s critics, and orchestra leader Laurence Jackson gave us a beautifully played portrait of the hero’s wife – voluble yet vulnerable and tender.

Nelsons also wrung every ounce of drama from Beethoven’s Egmont overture before he and the CBSO provided admirable support for soloist Gautier Capuçon in Shostakovich’s first cello concerto.” …

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