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Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony

Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 “Unfinished” in B Minor, D. 759

Édouard Lalo’s Concerto for Cello in D Minor with cello soloist, SSO Music Director, Helena Jung and guest conductor, Paul Colthorpe

Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 in B minor is commonly known as the “Unfinished Symphony”. Interestingly, this was not his last work as Schubert has composed 9 symphonies, but it is not known why Schubert did not finish this symphony.

Although Schubert only completed two movements of the symphony, it is widely considered to be one of his greatest works, and many people are drawn to the mystery of what the complete symphony might have sounded like. The symphony is characterized by its sweeping melodies, rich harmonies, and emotional depth.

A French composer, Edouard Lalo wrote his Cello Concerto in D minor in 1876, and today it is one of most popular pieces of cello repertoire. Additionally, we celebrate the 200th anniversary of Lalo’s birth by performing this piece!

Lalo’s Cello Concerto is a virtuosic and technically demanding piece that showcases the capabilities of the cello as a solo instrument. The concerto features a range of technical challenges, including rapid scale passages, intricate finger work, and a Spanish Habanera theme which make it an exciting piece for both the performer and the audience.

You will meet the SSO music director, Helena Jung, not as her usual position of conductor, but as a cello soloist. She will show you the cello’s touching melodies and powerful sound with her 1912, S.A Deroux.

Saturday 27 May, 7.00pm, & Sunday 28 May, 2.00pm, Florence Filbert Centre, Courtenay.

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