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Three Germanic greats in Poole concert with the BSO

antoinetamestit_350x350British conductor Nicholas McGegan conducts Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in an all-German programme at Poole Lighthouse on Wednesday 11 March, with steadfast violinist Veronika Eberle, and French violist Antoine Tamestit.

Originally written for choir and four-hands piano, a selection of Brahms’s Liebeslieder Walzer was arranged for orchestra in the early 1870s. The texts Brahms set to music are love poems and folk songs from various places around Europe, translated and compiled into a poem series by Georg Friedrich Daumer. There is a theory that Brahms’s use of love poems reflected his frustrated love for the daughter of Robert and Clara Schumann.

Eberle and Tamestit will join the BSO and McGegan on stage for Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante. ‘Veronika Eberle is already an old friend and a very close colleague,’ explains violist Antoine Tamestit, ‘and we have worked many times on the great masterpiece that is Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante, so for us, it is definitely an immense joy every time, to go deeper into this incredible work, and to share our friendship on stage!’ Written in 1779, it was one of Mozart’s more successful forays into an established genre: a crossover of a symphony and a concerto, in which the soloists – although featured – still maintain a place in the main body of sound. This will be a chance to hear the two soloists perform the work on two Stradivarius instruments.

Antoine Tamestit is excited by his debut with the BSO; ‘I am very much looking forward to working with the BSO for the first time and discovering the south shore of England! Maestro McGegan has a wonderful reputation, especially for his knowledge of periods of music and style, and both of those are at the heart of my everyday work and research.’

The concert, titled ‘German Dance’, finishes with a symphony Wagner described as the ‘apotheosis of the dance’. Beethoven’s Seventh is a triumphant celebration with boundless energy and rhythmic momentum; a non-stop whirlwind of thrilling brilliance. Beethoven himself remarked that he thought this one of his best works, and under the guidance of a conductor as well-versed in classical performance as Nicholas McGegan, the BSO is sure to bring another memorable concert to the ear.

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