Live on takt1: Gabetta & Staatskapelle Dresden

Author: takt1

The “queen of the cello”, Sol Gabetta” and Staatskapelle Dresden conducted by Daniele Gatti live at the Dortmund Konzerthaus.

  • Sol Gabetta | Copyright: © Marco Borggreve

    Sol Gabetta © Marco Borggreve

  • Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden | Copyright: © Matthias Creutziger

    Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden © Matthias Creutziger

It is 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 there´s 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.

Recording location Konzerthaus Dortmund
Recording date 18.09.2019
Production Company takt1
Original title of music work Cellokonzert Nr. 1
Composer Camille Saint-Saens
Original title of music work Symphonie Nr. 5
Composer Gustav Mahler
Orchestra / Band Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden
Conductor Daniele Gatti
Soloist Sol Gabetta



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