Cellist Sol Gabetta returns to L’Auditori de Barcelona to perform one of the greatest works for cello: Camille Saint-Saëns’ Cello Concerto No. 1. The Barcelona Symphony Orchestra will be conducted by Elim Chan, one of today’s leading young conductors, who will be making her debut at L’Auditori de Barcelona with this programme.
This Concerto by Saint-Saëns, which propelled him to fame as a composer, was a pioneering work in its formal conception, written as a single movement with three clearly distinct sections.
Composed during the summer of 1788 and performed during his last tour of Germany in the winter of 1789, Mozart’s last three symphonies are undoubtedly some of classicism’s most important contributions to orchestral music. Tragic yet bright, Symphony No. 40 in G minor was a model of classical pathos and precision for all romantic composers, a benchmark that can be traced back to the symphonies of Mendelssohn, Schubert and Schumann.
In fact, it was his interest in classical forms, particularly in Mozart and Haydn’s orchestral style and colour, that led Sergei Prokofiev to compose his Symphony No. 1 “Classical”, a leading work in the neoclassical repertoire. The event will conclude with Utopia, a work by Basque composer Sofía Martínez that was premiered by the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra in 2019.
Aleix Palau | 18 March 2021
Sol Gabetta plays Saint-Saëns with the OBC
Conductor Elim Chan makes her debut at L’Auditori de Barcelona with a programme that, in addition to Saint-Saëns, will feature works by Mozart, Prokofiev and Sofía Martínez.
Friday, 19 March and Saturday, 20 March in L’Auditori de Barcelona’s Hall 1, Pau Casals.