Beethoven's Seventh Symphony
Rudolfinum, 20 June 2022 at 7:30 p.m.
Witold Lutosławski: Concerto for Cello and Orchestra
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A major
Alexander Liebreich – conductor
Alban Gerhardt – cello
This extraordinary June concert will bring together the works of Witodl Lutosławski and Ludwig van Beethoven. The work of the former, a major Polish classical composer of the 20th century, was widely performed and recorded by Alexander Liebreich when he became head of the National Symphony Orchestra of the Polish Radio in Katowice.
This time he has invited his regular artistic partner Alban Gerhardt, a German cellist who has worked with some of the world's finest orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam and the Chicago Symphony. Gerhardt will perform the solo part of Witold Lutosławski's masterful Concerto for Cello and Orchestra, composed in 1970 for the legendary Mstislav Rostropovich. After the intermission, one of Beethoven's most popular works, Symphony No. 7 in A major, sometimes called the "apotheosis of dance" for its concise rhythmic ideas, will be performed. The German composer began working on the work while staying at a spa in the northern Bohemian town of Teplice.