Sol Gabetta and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France perform Dukas, Weinberg, Strauss and Ravel

A concert about death and rebirth, about apotheosis and decline...and in continuation with the theme of duality, a new version of La Valse which was initially performed with two pianos on 23 November.

Auditorium de la Maison de la Radio, Paris

Weinberg composed seven concertos, including a Cello Concerto premiered in 1957 by Mstislav Rostropovitch and recorded seven years later, again by Rostropovitch and the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Kirill Kondrachine. The work, in four movements, is of a meditative colour, sombre and tense, with an orchestra strangely deprived of its oboe and bassoons but afforded a bass trombone, which strengthens its menacing character. The solo cello opens the work with a dark and painful melody. The music grows gradually, then La musique prend peu à peu son essor, before falling yet again into a sense of despondency. The second movement, vehement and angry, is followed by an Allegro with an air of false joy on the brink of madness; several extremely high notes from the cello testify to the bitterness of Weinberg's music, with a hammering orchestra, reminiscent of \1. The cadenza is in fact a moment of meditation before a final hectic Allegro, this time evoking the orchestral music of Shostakovitch.

Concert programme

Paul DukasL’Apprenti sorcier
Mieczysław WeinbergCello concerto
Richard StraussDeath andTransfiguration
Maurice RavelLa Valse

Sol Gabetta cello
Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France
Mikko Franck conductor