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SCHUMANN & BARBER

Brahms Tragic Overture
Schumann Cello Concerto in A minor
Barber Adagio for Strings
Barber Symphony No. 1

We are thrilled to welcome back world-class cellist Daniel Müller-Schott to perform Robert Schumann’s Cello Concerto in A minor.

A regular on the international stage since winning the prestigious International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians at the age of 15, his energetic and fearless style will ensure this achingly romantic Cello Concerto is a highlight of the 2017 season.

The programme begins with Johannes Brahms’ Tragic Overture, a turbulent, tumultuous work.

Reaching beyond the limitations of language, Samuel Barber’s iconic Adagio for Strings has been played to mark the deaths of John F Kennedy, Princess Diana, and to commemorate those who died in 9/11. Barber’s natural lyricism is also found in his Symphony No. 1, where four movements are reduced down into a single continuous work.

Maestro James Feddeck’s crisp interpretations put the music centre stage in a concert of high drama and profound emotion.

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WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT

Let us play on your heartstrings with this moving concert. Brahms’ aptly named Tragic Overture, Schumann’s famously romantic Cello Concerto, Barber’s Symphony No. 1 and of course, his Adagio for Strings.

There are few pieces of classical music that have been so completely adopted by popular culture like Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings. Broadcast at the announcement of both Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy deaths, performed at the funerals of Albert Einstein and Grace Kelly, used to commemorate the victims of September 11, this piece has become synonymous with tragedy.

But does it make us sad because of all these cultural connections? Or do these connections exist because the music itself elicits a visceral response? Come along and decide for yourself

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