Symphony Concerts

Symphony Concerts

The symphony concerts of the Sinfonieorchester Basel bear the signature of the Principal Conductor and the Artistic Director. Guests include internationally renowned soloists, the concerts are conducted by Principal Conductor Ivor Bolton or by guest conductors. The symphony concerts take place in the music hall of the Stadtcasino Basel, which has been modernised by Herzog & de Meuron.

Symphony Concerts

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Steven Isserlis, violoncello

Jukka-Pekka Saraste, conductor

William Walton (1902-1983):

Concerto for cello and orchestra (1957)

Gustav Mahler (1860−1911):

Symphony No. 1 in D major (1888)

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Steven Isserlis, violoncello

Jukka-Pekka Saraste, conductor

William Walton (1902-1983):

Concerto for cello and orchestra (1957)

Gustav Mahler (1860−1911):

Symphony No. 1 in D major (1888)

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Symphony Concert

07:30 PM

Stadtcasino Basel

Stadtcasino Basel
Konzertgasse 1
4051 Basel

T +41 61 226 36 00

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06:30 PM: Introduction to the concert (in German) with Hans-Georg Hofmann

Please note that all public events at the Stadtcasino Basel will take place using the COVID certificate (vaccinated, convalescent, tested). We therefore ask you to show your certificate as well as your identity card/ID at the entrance. The certificate requirement applies from the age of 16.

William Walton’s cello concerto was the third and final solo concerto the composer wrote for a string instrument. The melancholy late work was commissioned by the cellist Gregor Piatigorsky. As a teenager, Piatigorsky had dared the adventurous escape from Russia into a new life and later managed to rise out of homelessness to become a soloist with the Berlin Philharmonic. The cello concerto was created in a close collaboration between the two friends.

If one believes Schönberg’s judgment of the symphonist Mahler, then «actually everything that will characterize him is already there in the first symphony; his ‹melody of life› can already be heard, which he takes to the highest development, as well as the surrender to nature and thoughts of death. » Mahler had initially named his first symphony Titan – a hymn of praise for God’s creation, for life with all its ups and downs. In the original programme, the composer writes about the «awakening of nature from long winter sleep», «spring without end» and the progress of life «in full sail. » The concert audience at the time, however, met Mahler’s departure into a new symphonic era with incomprehension.

AUFBRUCH


Symphony Concert

07:30 PM

Stadtcasino Basel

Stadtcasino Basel
Konzertgasse 1
4051 Basel

T +41 61 226 36 00

Website

 

 

Stadtcasino Basel
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06:30 PM: Introduction to the concert (in German) with Hans-Georg Hofmann

Please note that all public events at the Stadtcasino Basel will take place using the COVID certificate (vaccinated, convalescent, tested). We therefore ask you to show your certificate as well as your identity card/ID at the entrance. The certificate requirement applies from the age of 16.