Aziz Shokhakimov conducts Tchaikovsky and Bloch — With Edgar Moreau

Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra

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French cellist Edgar Moreau is the guest of honor alongside the world-class Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra, led by their dynamic music director Aziz Shokhakimov in a sumptuous post-Romantic program that blends tragic intrigue and musical lyricism.

Destiny serves as a throughline in much of Tchaikovsky's oeuvre, and undeniably so in his famed Romeo and Juliet, which traces a vibrant symphonic tapestry. Whereas our star-crossed lovers are fated to meet a tragic end, Tchaikovsky's sublime Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, which closes the program, shepherds the listener through moody and mysterious moments to an exultant triumph in the Finale.

Between these two Tchaikovsky masterpieces lies Ernest Bloch's Schelomo: Rhapsodie Hébraïque, a monument of virtuosity and expressiveness in the cello repertoire that allows Edgar Moreau to embody the voice of King Solomon, whose well-known dictum "Vanity of vanities, all is vanity" inspired Bloch. The composer's lyrical gifts infuse the work with remarkable lushness and richness before bringing it to a serene and haunting conclusion.

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