Sol Gabetta, cello
Ivor Bolton, conductor
Le Rouet d'Emphale, op. 31
Goblins (World Premiere), Commissioned by the Sinfonieorchester Basel
Concerto for Cello and Orchestra No. 2 in D minor, op. 119
Concerto for Cello and Orchestra No. 1 in A minor, op. 33
Sphaira, Commissioned by the Sinfonieorchester Basel
Bacchanale from Samson et Dalila
Camille Saint-Saëns – who also performed several times at the Stadtcasino Basel – was stricken in years when he died in 1921 at the age of 86. Behind him lies an eventful life. He already loses his father as a baby. He enters the world of music as a child prodigy. Later as an adult his two little sons die. After the death of his mother shortly after, he liquidates his apartment in Paris, gives away and sells his furniture and goes underground. He spends fifteen years in a travel fever in ship cabins and train compartments. He travels from North Africa to China, from Russia to America – and composes.
We would like to give you a small insight into Saint-Saëns' symphonic work, both well-known and less well-known, as a tribute to a great composer on the 100th anniversary of his death. Sol Gabetta will perform his two cello concertos. Two commissioned works for our percussion ensemble will provide powerful contrasts to Saint-Saëns' sound worlds.