Elgar's Cello Concerto


Friday 10 & Saturday 11 June 2022, 7.30pm

Perth Concert Hall

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Elgar's Cello Concerto

Edward ELGAR Cello Concerto (30 mins)

Adagio – Moderato –
Lento – Allegro molto
Allegro – Moderato – Allegro, ma non troppo

Interval (25 mins)

Anton BRUCKNER Symphony No.3 (54 mins)

Mehr bewegt, misterioso
Adagio, bewegt, quasi Andante
Ziemlich schnell

Asher Fisch conductor
Daniel Müller-Schott

Asher Fisch appears courtesy of Wesfarmers Arts.

Wesfarmers Arts Pre-concert Talk
Find out more about the music in the concert with this week’s speaker, Ashley Smith. The Pre-concert Talk will take place at 6.45pm in the Terrace Level Foyer.

Listen to WASO
This performance is recorded for broadcast on ABC Classic. For further details visit abc.net.au/classic

Did you know?

Ever asked someone to do something and they just keep putting it off? Elgar first agreed to write a cello concerto in 1900, for cellist Carl Fuchs. With no concerto forthcoming, Fuchs wrote to Elgar reminding him of the agreement. In 1903, Fuchs' friend, cellist Paul Grümmer, reminded Elgar in person, then again by letter in 1906. Elgar didn't write the first concepts for the concerto until 1918. Talk about keeping people waiting!

Elgar's Cello Concerto had a disastrous premiere, after the orchestra was deprived of adequate rehearsal time leading up to the performance. It didn't receive a second performance in London for over a year! Nevertheless, the work has gone on to become a cornerstone of solo cello repertoire.

Daniel Müller-Schott was programmed to perform with WASO in 2020, but had to cancel his appearance due to the pandemic. We are so pleased to be able to welcome Daniel for his WASO premiere tonight, greatly anticipated after a very long wait.

There are at least six different versions of Bruckner's Third Symphony - tonight WASO perform the 1889 version.

In a theme running across tonight's program, Bruckner's Symphony No.3 also had a disastrous premiere. The Austrian maestro set to conduct the premiere suddenly died, and Bruckner - though an experienced choral director, a very inexperienced orchestral conductor - decided to take his place. Needless to say, the performance was a mess!

The premiere of Bruckner's Third was so bad, the performance was met by catcalls and laughter from the audience. So many people walked out between movements, by the end, only 25 dedicated fans remained to offer support.

Elgar's Cello Concerto Listening Guide

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