Konzerthaus Dortmund

Mahler's 5th & Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No. 1

Daniele Gatti, Sol Gabetta & The Staatskapelle Dresden
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It's one of the showpieces of the cello repertoire: Saint-Saëns' Cello Concerto No. 1. In the work, the French composer skillfully weaves together a three-movement internal structure, creating the impression of one long single movement. In the hands of the "queen of the cello" Sol Gabetta, it is sure to shine especially bright. After the German premiere in 1877, the Neue Zeitschrift für Musik, not exactly famed for gushing reviews, proclaimed: "The concerto is formally concise and elegant, with zesty details and a highly effective solo part – what more could you possibly want?" In the second half comes Mahler's Fifth Symphony, a crucial turning point in the composer's oeuvre. Beginning with the fifth, his music became a profound meditation on the profane world. It's debatable whether Mahler's number 5 is full of private emotions and images, as some have claimed – in any case, it remains one of Mahler's most popular works, not least thanks to the wonderfully pensive Adagietto. The first and second movements mourn for a lost world; they are followed by a buoyant Scherzo and a jubilant choral finale.  


Sol Gabetta appears by the kind permission of Sony Classical.

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recorded at 09/18/2019, 08:00pm (CEST)
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Camille Saint-Saëns: Cello Concerto No. 1 A minor op. 33
  • I. Allegro non troppo
  • II. Allegro con moto
  • III. Un peu moins vite
  • Encore: Gabriel Fauré: Elegy for Cello and Orchestra C minor op. 24
  • Interview with Sol Gabetta
  • Interview with Daniele Gatti
Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 5 C-sharp minor
  • I. Funeral march. At a measured pace. Strict. Like a funeral procession
  • II. Moving stormily, with the greatest vehehmence
  • III. Scherzo. Strong and not too fast
  • IV. Adagietto. Very slow
  • V. Rondo-Finale: Allegro. Allegro giocoso
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