Dresden Philharmonic

Beethoven and Bonaparte

A dazzling cellist, a symphony that tramples on tyranny and Wagner aglow with national pride – passions ride high as the curtain goes up on our new season.

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Conductor Michael Sanderling
Cello Tim Hugh*

Wagner Meistersinger Overture
Elgar Cello Concerto
Beethoven Symphony No. 3 ‘Eroica’

What more invigorating way to open a season than with the work whose scale and ambition supersized the symphonic goalposts at its first hearing in 1804? Originally composed to salute Napoleon, Beethoven furiously scratched out his dedication for Eroica when the French General crowned himself Emperor. The piece instead acerbically enshrines “the memory of a great man”. Similarly written at a time overshadowed by European conflict, in the aftermath of World War I, Elgar described his Cello Concerto as “a man’s attitude to life”, multishaded in character, and prefaced tonight by a burst of resplendent Wagner.

Conductor Michael Sanderling has headed Dresden’s venerable 145 year old Philharmonic since 2011. For the iconic Elgar they’re joined by Tim Hugh*, principal cellist with the London Symphony Orchestra and student of the eminent Jacqueline Du Pré, described by The Times as a “beautifully controlled, finely expressive” performer.

Get inside the music with editor of BBC Music Magazine Oliver Condy and music educator Jonathan James – watch our specially commissioned video:

Accompanying Chamber Concert:

Stephen Johnson & English Piano Trio
Mon 28 Sep 2015, The Lantern, 7.30pm
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*Please note: in a change to the original billing, Tim Hugh will be tonight’s soloist. Tim is a renowned musician and principal cellist with the London Symphony Orchestra who studied under Jacqueline Du Pré.

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