Romantic classical

Romantic Classicists / Classical Romantics Subscription series concert

Sun 23 June 2024 17:00 Bern, Casino Bern Steven Isserlis
Direction and Cello

Works by Beethoven, Boccherini, Mendelssohn and others

Romantic Classicists / Classical Romantics
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Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Praeludium und Fugue, Hess 40/Op. 137, version for string orchestra

Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805)
Cello Concerto No. 2 in A major, G.475

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788)
Cello Concerto in A major, Wq. 172

Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
Sarabande Op. 93 No. 1 for string orchestra

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809-1847)
String Quintet No. 2 in B-Flat major, version for string orchestra

— Programme with interval —
Running time: approx. 100 minutes

About the programme

Prelude and Fugue: that makes one think of Johann Sebastian Bach. But of Ludwig van Beethoven? He indeed wrote a prelude for string quintet in his older age. Its fugue remained a fragment, which Beethoven later replaced with a new fugue. And already we have a prelude with fugue, created in 1817.

Camille Saint-Saëns also looks to the past when he, in 1892, wrote several dances in the old style, like the dreamily flowing Sarabande. They were intended to complement Saint-Saëns' new edition of Marc-Antoine Charpentier's Comédie ballet, based on Molière's Le malade imaginaire.

Complement or not? Yves Gérard's catalogue of Boccherini's cello concertos lists eleven. With the Cello Concerto in A Major G 475: voilà, a twelfth! For Steven Isserlis, new Artistic Partner of CAMERATA BERN and a self-confessed fan, it is clearly the best Boccherini: "distinguished and amiable", as he says.

And a second cello concerto sails through this programme. Bach's son, Carl Philipp Emanuel, is that at its finest: the orchestra, surging; the solo voice, noble, and not thrown off track for a second by the youthful exuberance of the tutti.

Youthfulness and noblesse, then—both together in Mendelssohn. In his Second String Quintet in B-Flat major, traditionally classical forms capture its effervescent fantasy. The best of both worlds.

Ticket pricing

This concert is also available as part of a subscription

Ticket pricing:
CHF 85.–/ 65.–/ 45.–/ 30.-
CHF 5.– for children and teenagers 18 and under

Discounts (for all categories):
20% for members of the Friends of CAMERATA BERN
50% for young adults aged 19 to 30
30% for KulturLegi cardholders

Kultur-GA: free admission for remaining same-day seats

Refugees (with ID): free admission for remaining same-day seats

Programme booklet

In-depth insights into the concert programme, with detailed descriptions of the works and biographies of participating artists. The evening programme booklet is available (in German only) as a PDF download starting approximately one week before the concert and is distributed free of charge at the concert.

The texts are produced in collaboration with the Institute for Musicology at the University of Bern.

Introductory podcast

Background information and context for the programmes, with musical sneak peeks and sound bites from the performers.

The podcast is available (in German only) from approximately 10 days before the concert.

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