For the first time in years a
foreign orchestra played in
There was a great deal of press
interest in this event, and the hall was full. Due to an oversight, the program notes
did not contain the details of the pieces that were to be played, so for most
people it was a mystery. The
audience were young and old and from all backgrounds, and it just showed the
immense thirst for good live classical music in
Conductor, Hermann Baeumer
The first piece, not unnaturally for a German orchestra, was Beethoven's Leonora Overture number 3. The overture was played with great spirit and vigor, although the background noise of clicking cameras detracted a little from the performance.
Then came the soloist, a young
cellist, Julian Steckel. We knew
that the next piece would be a cello concerto but which one would it be? Dvorak,
Haydn, Barber? The cellist
paused. Someone’s mobile rang
briefly. Then the first note -
Elgar! Surreally, (as
many things are in
Cellist, Julian Steckel
After the interval, the third piece was the lush and romantic Brahms Symphony number 4, played beautifully. The audience greeted this with rapturous applause, too, and were rewarded by the encore, Hungarian Dances by Brahms.
The following night, we were privileged to be invited by our dear friend Sunil to see the orchestra in a concert at the Aseman hall in Zafaranieh, where they performed the same program to an invited audience. The same pieces were performed but what a luxury to enjoy great music. It was the first time we had been to this cultural center but we are sure to go there again soon.
It was so wonderful to have a
foreign professional orchestra here.
They only had time to do two concerts in