Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen / Truls Mørk / Elim Chan

Dvořák / Widmann / Beethoven

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Balm for the soul

Only a handful of major 19th century composers wrote a cello concerto. Robert Schumann and Camille Saint-Saëns were among them. And of course Antonín Dvořák: during his time in America, he composed a masterpiece that amazed even his friend and mentor Johannes Brahms. »Why didn’t I know that one can write a cello concerto like this?« Brahms exclaimed. »Had I known, I would have written one a long time ago.«

The Dvořák concerto takes part of its inspiration from the composer’s native Bohemia, and is simply balm for the soul – as long as the solo part is played by an expert like Norwegian cellist Truls Mørk. Under the baton of Elim Chan, who has been principal conductor of the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra since 2019, the Dvořák is followed by Beethoven in the original and through the back door. For his brilliant orchestral piece »Con Brio«, Jörg Widmann trained his sights on Beethoven’s Seventh and Eighth Symphonies. The final work on tonight’s programme is announced by the best-known four-note motif in the history of music: Beethoven’s Fifth, the so-called »Fate« Symphony.


Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen

Truls Mørk violoncello

conductor Elim Chan


Antonín Dvořák
Konzert für Violoncello und Orchester h-Moll op. 104

Jörg Widmann
Con brio / Konzertouvertüre für Orchester

Ludwig van Beethoven
Sinfonie Nr. 5 c-Moll op. 67


The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen

Promoter: HamburgMusik

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