French cellist Marc Coppey was born only around 10 years after the première of Shostakovich’s 1st Cello Concerto (1959), yet has a special affinity with this work. As a protégé of cello legend Mstislav Rostropovich – the soloist at the première and also the person to whom the concerto is dedicated – he learned the piece at first hand, so to speak.
In 1802/03, Beethoven was confronted with his inexorably advancing deafness. His chosen therapy for dealing with this life crisis was to create a symphonic treatment of the Prometheus theme from his ballet op. 43. Envisioned in this work is the Enlightenment ideal of the creation of a new image of humankind that rejects violence – however, this and the oft-quoted and later retracted dedication to Napoleon are just part of the myth surrounding Beethoven’s “Eroica”.
“subito con forza”
Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major, op. 107
Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, op. 55 “Eroica”
- Marc Coppey
- Wuppertal Symphony Orchestra
- Nodoka Okisawa
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