4 APRIL 2017
Guy Johnston returns to Faust Chamber Orchestra in Schumann's Cello Concerto
Late and Early
LSO St Luke’s, London
Friday 5 May 2017, 7.30pm
Faust Chamber Orchestra rediscovers its roots as acclaimed soloist Guy Johnston performs Schumann’s Cello Concerto for its 2016-2017 season finale. Guy helped launch the orchestra, performing Haydn’s C major Concerto at its first ever performance 6 years ago.
The performance will take place on Friday 5 May 2017 at 7:30 pm at LSO St Luke’s, London featuring Faust Chamber Orchestra and cellist Guy Johnston under the baton of Mark Austin.
The programme ‘Late and Early’ explores the labels often applied to composers’ works, placing the concerto, written at the end of Schumann’s career, alongside Brahms’ Serenade No. 1, an early attempt at symphonic style. Initially conceived as a nonet and then exquisitely orchestrated by the composer, the Serenade deserves more regular performances despite its ‘early’ label.
Schumann’s rarely heard Overture to Hermann und Dorothea features a striking use of the Marseillaise which helps today’s audiences appreciate its contemporary relevance. The work was inspired by Goethe’s epic poem Hermann und Dorothea about the French Revolutionary period. Schumann originally planned to write an opera, but in the end only produced this overture.