Camerata Bern

«Chant» in Fribourg On Tour

Société des Concerts de Fribourg

Fri, 21 March 2025 19:30 Fribourg, Aula Magna de l'Université Steven Isserlis
Direction and Cello

Works by Haydn, Bruch and Arenski


Joseph Haydn (1732–1809)
Symphony No. 26 in D minor Hob. I:26 "Lamentatione"

Joseph Haydn
Cello Concerto No.2 in D major Hob VIIb:2


Max Bruch (1838–1920)
Kol Nidrei Op. 47 for cello and orchestra

Anton Arenski (1861–1906)
String Quartet No. 2 in A minor Op. 35a, version for string orchestra

Programme with interval
Running time: approx. 2 hours

About the programme

There are two high holidays in this program by Artistic Partner Steven Isserlis. A Kol Nidrei is traditionally sung before the Jewish Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur. Max Bruch heard this prayer in the Jewish communities of his native Rhineland and adapted its “most splendid melody” (Bruch) into a concert piece for cello and orchestra.

Haydn's plaintive symphony “Lamentatione” is a formal experiment. It is one of Haydn's few minor-key symphonies and, as a secular work, quotes liturgical melodies and material from traditional Austrian Passion Plays.

Anton Arenski's second string quartet, reworked as a chamber symphony, is also a lament, written in memory of Arenski’s teacher, Tchaikovsky. The dark tones come from the unusual instrumentation: two cellos instead of two violins. Steven Isserlis then plays Haydn's D major concerto, a bright contrast to this “Lamentatione” program.

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