The popular cello concertos by C.P.E. Bach and Saint-Saëns, performed by Roel Dieltiens en Nicolas Altstaedt, are to be accompanied by the Nieuwe Philharmonie Utrecht on period instruments. This has been done many times in music by C.P.E. Bach, but it will place Saint-Saëns in an entirely different light.
The gorgeous though seldom played Adagio con Variazioni by Respighi was composed 50 years after Saint-Saëns’ concerto, and creates a moment of peace and calm between the driven excitement of C.P.E. Bach and Saint-Saëns.
19th-century cellist and composer Auguste Franchomme was Chopin’s cello inspirer. His etudes and caprices are played by every cellist. The Scottish theme heard in his Variations is, in fact, Irish(!) folk music that goes with The Last Rose of Summer, a poem by Irish poet Thomas Moore (1779 – 1852).