When: February 10, 2024 7:30 pm
Where: West Road Concert Hall
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RHAPSODY ON A THEME OF PAGANINI | CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY ORCHESTRA and CHAMBER CHOIR
Saturday 10 February at 7.30pm
West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge
BRAHMS Schicksalslied, Op.54 (early version)
RACHMANINOV Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op.43
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No.5 in E minor, Op.64
CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY ORCHESTRA
CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY CHAMBER CHOIR
BERTIE BAIGENT conductor
MADELEINE BROWN piano
Two flagship University ensembles, the Cambridge University Orchestra and Chamber Choir, join forces under the baton of Bertie Baigent for an evening of musical masterpieces by Brahms, Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky.
Delve into Brahms’s captivating Schicksalslied, a choral masterpiece contrasting divine happiness with human struggles based on Friedrich Hölderlin’s poem. Brahms, who often liked to provide consolatory endings, struggled with the work, ultimately deciding to provide a serene conclusion for orchestra alone. In the version performed in this concert, Brahms brings back the chorus for the final bars, undercutting the negative conclusion of the poem. Join us for what might be the first public performance of this extraordinary version of Schicksalslied!
Rachmaninov’s iconic Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini is a work that epitomizes the romantic era’s brilliance. Rachmaninov’s variation on Paganini’s Caprice No. 24 for solo violin showcases his unparalleled creativity and virtuosity. Winner of the 2022–2023 Concerto Competition, Madeleine Brown, takes on the fiendish piano solo.
The program culminates in Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 – a testament to the composer’s resilience and artistry. Written in 1888 after a challenging period following the premiere of his Symphony No.4, the reception to Symphony No.5 was initially muted, leaving Tchaikovsky disheartened. However, posthumously, this symphony gained immense popularity for its powerful evocation of fate and Tchaikovsky’s masterful orchestration, solidifying its place as one of his most beloved creations.
Bertie Baigent won the prestigious 2022 Rotterdam International Conducting Competition and is a recent alumnus of Jesus College, Cambridge. He conducted the Cambridge University Symphony Orchestra during his time as a student, and this performance marks an exciting first appearance at the helm of the Cambridge University Orchestra.
Witness the brilliance of Tchaikovsky’s symphony, a rare Brahms version, and Rachmaninov’s evocative melodies, all brought to life by the Cambridge University Orchestra and Chamber Choir.
£25, £18, £12 | Concessions: £22.50, £16, £10 | Cambridge University Students: £5
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