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Concert Hour: Beethovenfest opening (Pt. 2 of 2)

This week, as last, Sir John Eliot Gardiner leads the London Symphony orchestra. Our featured soloist, Gautier Capucon, describes the central work this hour as "THE Romantic Cello Concerto."

“I played it again and had a thoroughly enjoyable time with it. The romanticism, the momentum, the freshness and the humor - and the supremely interesting interweaving of cello and orchestra - are all truly captivating. What pleasant sound, deep feeling and all the songlike moments in it!” That musician was certainly not objective – nor need she have been, as it was Clara Schumann, wife of the composer.

As French cellist Gautier Capucon explained to DW, "The Schumann concerto of course is the quintessential Romantic concerto. Everything is in the music; we shouldn't add anything. The solo voice is very sensual at the beginning but also suggests all the things which come afterwards. To find the right balance: that's the challenge."

Gardiner, Capucon and the LSO in the Beethoven Hall

Conductor, cellist and orchestra in the Beethoven Hall

To round out the hour, a highlight from the Beethovenfest 2013 played by prize-winning pianist Elizaveta Miller on an instrument patterned after a fortepiano by Louis Dulcken from around the year 1815. She gave her recital at the Schumann House, so named because the structure was once the insane asylum where Robert Schumann spent his final days.

Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
Cello Concerto in A Minor, op. 129

anon./Pablo Casals (1876-1973)
Song of the Birds

Gautier Capucon, cello
London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: John Eliot Gardiner

Recorded by West German Radio, Cologne, in the Cologne Philharmonie on September 6, 2014

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Piano Sonata No. 18 in E-flat Major, op. 31, No. 3 (The Hunt; excerpt)
Elizaveta Miller, fortepiano

Recorded by Deutsche Welle in the Schumann House, Bonn on September 15, 2013

Rebroadcasting rights: one broadcast before December 21, 2015

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