Thursday 28 March 2019 7.30pm
Nicolas Altstaedt plays Haydn
Milton Court Concert Hall, London, UK
Free pre-concert talk at 6.30pm
Overture in D major Op 43, G521
Cello Concerto in A major Wq 172, H439
‘Andante Cantabile’ from Symphony No 13
Symphony No 14
Concerto for Cello No 1
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About this concert
Few soloists make the cello’s uniquely human voice sing with more baritonal warmth than Nicolas Altstaedt, whose passionate performances bring out all the colours of his period instrument.
Continuing this season’s theme of rediscovered works, Altstaedt here performs Haydn’s masterpiece of a Cello Concerto in C major – a work lost for nearly 200 years, before resurfacing in the 1960s. Stretching the form of the baroque concerto to its limits, this generous, joyous work, with its bravura finale, marries 18th-century elegance with the adventurous, questioning spirit of the 19th-century.
The same spirit of adventure and experimentation runs right through a programme directed from the cello by Altstaedt himself, reaching its peak in CPE Bachs’s A major concerto, whose heroic soloist must do battle in music that reflects the highly individual, prescient voice of its composer. Erratic energy gives way to sustained lyricism in the lovely central movement – which rivals Haydn’s Andante Cantabile for songlike beauty.
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