Hear Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations and Strauss’s Symphonia domestica in this all-Romantic program.
Of all the string instruments the cello is closest to the expression of the human voice and of all the composers Tchaikovsky speaks most directly to the heart. In this concert they come together in the captivating and elegant Rococo Variations, inspired by Tchaikovsky’s favourite composer, Mozart. And as an extra treat, French cellist Gautier Capuçon will play the Andante cantabile, originally part of Tchaikovsky’s first string quartet but taking on a graceful and eloquent life of its own.
Then the full forces of the SSO take to the stage for Richard Strauss’s “day in the life” portrait of his own family. Can domesticity be the subject for a monumental symphonic creation? Absolutely: marriage, sex, arguments, wailing babies… it’s all there! You’ll laugh and you’ll smile at Strauss’s astonishing portrayal of family intimacies.