Alisa Weilerstein returns to Sydney to play the greatest cello concerto of them all: the Dvořák! And Brett Dean conducts powerful music by Lutosławski.
Alisa Weilerstein will be the envy of every cellist in the SSO when she takes to the stage to play Dvořák. This concerto is loved as much by musicians as by audiences. And no wonder: it blends heroic Romantic feeling with folk-inspired vigour and a tender memorial to his sister-in-law. Dvořák had his favourite cellist in mind when he wrote it, just as Lutosławski composed his simple tribute to Paul Sacher for the great cellist Rostropovich to play. Brett Dean, the SSO’s Artist in Residence, has chosen to introduce Sydney audiences to Lutosławski’s masterpiece, his Third Symphony. It brilliantly combines the drama of a powerful motif (imagine the opening of Beethoven Five) with the silvery and ethereal effects of Lutosławski’s signature style.