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Feb 18

Andreas Brantelid plays Elgar's cello concerto

Abo E
Bamberg, Konzerthalle, Joseph-Keilberth-Saal
17:00 Uhr

»Music is in the air – you simply take as much as you require«, said the late romantic composer Edward Elgar, who woke England from a 200-year slumber as the Cinderella of instrumental music. He was 62 when he wrote his famous Cello Concerto. Quizzed as to its expressive melancholy, he answered simply: »A man’s attitude to life«. It’s the young cellist Andreas Brantelid who takes us on this melancholic inner journey! A lamenting figure can also be heard in Bach’s Fantasy and Fugue BWV 537, which Elgar brilliantly clothed in romantic orchestral garb. He made this arrangement in the midst of a severe creative crisis, precipitated by his wife’s death: »I can’t be original now, so I depend on people like Johann Sebastian [Bach] for a source of inspiration.« Our British guest tonight, Andrew Manze, also conducts the Orchestra in a mysterious, scintillating work by Vaughan Williams, another leading light of English music: the sixth Symphony, whose haunting epilogue was once described as a wasteland devoid of humans. Vaughan Williams invariably responded to such readings by quoting Prospero’s words in Shakespeare’s »Tempest«: »We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep.«

Andrew Manze Conductor
Andreas Brantelid Violoncello

Johann Sebastian Bach Fantasie und Fuge c-Moll für Orgel Solo BWV 537, Fassung für Orchester von Edward Elgar
Edward Elgar Konzert für Violoncello und Orchester e-Moll op. 85
Ralph Vaughan Williams Symphonie Nr. 6 e-Moll