He is regarded as one of the world's leading performers on his instrument: French cellist Gautier Capuçon. After a longer absence, he returns to the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra to play under the baton of chief conductor Alan Gilbert what is probably the most popular cello concerto of all time: the B minor work by Antonín Dvořák.
Following the cello concert we hear Gustav Mahler's Fourth Symphony. A Mahler symphony in times of Corona? Is that feasible? Alan Gilbert and his musicians are sure it is. And if one work from the composer's monumental oeuvre is suited to the occasion, then it's the Fourth Symphony. After his massive, almost excessive Third, Mahler deliberately stays within »classical« bounds here, in terms of both dimensions and the size of the orchestra – and still manages to achieve the gripping intensity we are used to in his music, despite the reduced resources. In the fourth movement a »child« tells of a life in »heavenly paradise«, a role taken in Hamburg by soprano Anna Prohaska, who is a sought-after concert and opera singer worldwide.
Gautier Capucon talks to our press spokesman Tom. R. Schulz.
NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester
Gautier Capuçon violoncello
Anna Prohaska soprano
conductor Alan Gilbert
Konzert für Violoncello und Orchester h-Moll op. 104
Sinfonie Nr. 4 G-Dur für großes Orchester und Sopran