Orchestre de chambre de Paris
Douglas Boyd direction
Alisa Weilerstein cello
Fiery cellist Alisa Weilerstein turns her attention to Saint-Saëns and a subtle Mozart-Schnittke head to head.
Shostakovitch Chamber Symphony op. 110a
Saint-Saëns Concerto for cello No. 1 op. 33
Schnittke Moz-Art à la Haydn
Mozart Symphony No. 35 K. 385 « Haffner »
Approximate running time
1st part: 45mn - Intermission: 20mn - 2nd part: 30mn
American cellist Alisa Weilerstein, who is signed to the prestigious Decca label, has a fiery temperament. This is a real asset when it comes to performing Cello Concerto No. 1 by Saint-Saëns, one of the Romantic greats. Virtuosity is equally to the fore in the “Haffner” Symphony of which Mozart said: “the finale must be played as fast as possible”. These pieces are separated by two altogether different scores. Conductor Rudolf Barshaï received Shostakovich’s permission to transcribe his String Quartet No. 8 for orchestra. The most famous of the Russian composer’s fifteen works is influenced by the memory of the war and life under the Soviet regime. Alfred Schnittke also expressed this feeling of oppression in his inspired yet cruel musical parody Moz-Art à la Haydn.
Production Orchestre de chambre de Paris