French National Orchestra – Marin Alsop, guest conductor – Sol Gabetta, cello – October 18, 2012 – Radio France Musique.
Over to Paris this week for a concert by The French National Orchestra, guest conducted by Marin Alsop and featuring the Argentinian cello phenom Sol Gabetta in music of Barber, Haydn and Shostakovich and recorded live from the Champs-Elysées Theatre on October 18, 2012.
Starting with Samuel Barber’s Essay number 2 – followed by Concerto number 1 for Cello and orchestra by Franz Joseph Haydn with Sol Gabetta as soloist along with much deserved encores. And closing with Symphony number 5 by Dmitri Shostakovich.
A sought after guest artist at leading festivals, Sol Gabetta was Artiste étoile at Lucerne Festival last season where she appeared with Wiener Philharmoniker and Franz Welser-Möst, Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Francois-Xavier Roth and the London Philharmonic Orchestra directed by Marin Alsop. She continues drawing inspiration from a wide circle of collaborators and musical encounters at the Salzburg Festival, which flourishes under her committed artistic direction.
Chamber music is at the core of Gabetta’s work, visible in her upcoming tour of Italy with Nelson Goerner, performances at Semperoper Dresden and Heidelberger Frühling with her longtime recital partner Bertrand Chamayou and recent appearances with the Hagen Quartet at Salzburg Festival, Tonhalle Zürich, Elbphilharmonie and Wiener Konzerthaus. In the past, chamber music performances led her to venues such as New York’s Lincoln Center, Wigmore Hall in London, Lucerne, Verbier, Schwetzingen and Rheingau festivals, Schubertiade Schwarzenberg and Beethovenfest Bonn.
In recognition of her exceptional artistic achievements, Sol Gabetta was honoured with the Herbert von Karajan Prize at the Salzburg Easter Festival in 2018 where she appeared as soloist with the Staatskapelle Dresden and Christian Thielemann.
From the 2019/20 season, Alsop becomes Chief Conductor of the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra (Vienna RSO), performing in their main series at the Wiener Konzerthaus and Wiener Musikverein, recording, broadcasting, and touring nationally and internationally. Her first season coincides with the orchestra’s 50th anniversary and will emphasize women in classical music.
Her outstanding success as Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) since 2007 has resulted in two extensions in her tenure until 2021. Alsop has led the orchestra on its first European tour in 13 years and created several bold initiatives including OrchKids, for the city’s most disadvantaged young people. At the end of 2019, following a seven-year tenure as Music Director, she becomes Conductor of Honor of the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra (OSESP), where she will return to conduct major projects each season.
Throughout 2020, Alsop launches a global project to mark Beethoven’s 250th anniversary, in collaboration with Carnegie Hall. Her goal is to bring the messages of tolerance, unity and joy in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony to life for our 21st Century. She will conduct reimagined performances of Beethoven’s ninth symphony on five continents, with newly commissioned texts and music. Partnersincluding the Vienna RSO, BSO, OSESP, Sydney and New Zealand Symphonies, Johannesburg and Kwazulu-Natal Philharmonics and Southbank Centre, where she is Associate Artist.
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