After her remarkable Lucerne Festival début in 2014, the Argentinian cellist Sol Gabetta returns to the idyllic Swiss city for a performance of Martinů’s First Cello Concerto, one of her favorite virtuosic works for her instrument, accompanied by the Mahler Chamber Orchestra under François-Xavier Roth’s baton. As she explains, “The orchestral writing is opulent, the themes—which draw on superb popular Czech melodies—and a very interesting rhythmic structure.” Martinů’s masterpiece is framed by the folk melodies of Bartók’s Divertimento, Haydn’s Parisian symphony “The Hen” (listen for the oboe’s unmistakable pecking sounds!), and the carefree delights of dolls, spinning tops, and soap bubbles in Bizet’s Jeux d’enfants.
Photo: Sol Gabetta © Marco Borggreve
Lucerne Festival in Summer 2011
Gala concert of the Lucerne Festival 2005