Sym­phony re­turns to Tweed

‘En­chant­ing Cello’ opens up orches­tra’s 2018 sea­son

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THE North­ern Rivers Sym­phony Orches­tra is pulling out all the stops for its first show of the 2018 sea­son, as the crew wel­comes back con­duc­tor Nicholas Rout­ley along with spe­cial guest soloist Karol Kowa­lik for a Schu­bert sym­phony dubbed En­chant­ing Cello.

Ac­cord­ing to con­duc­tor Nicholas Rout­ley, the con­cert at the Tweed Civic Cen­tre this Sun­day, is an emo­tive jour­ney evok­ing com­posers such as Tchaikovsky and Mahler.

How did you ar­rive at this par­tic­u­lar con­cert pro­gram for En­chant­ing Cello?

The Schu­bert sym­phony has been a per­sonal favourite of mine for as long as I can re­mem­ber. I was brought up on the won­der­ful per­for­mance of Bar­barolli with the Halle, and the sym­phony still seems to me one of the great­est out­pour­ings of joy in the en­tire lit­er­a­ture of the orches­tra... and that from the com­poser of Death and

the Maiden and Win­ter­reise!

Could you give us an over­view of the struc­ture of the com­po­si­tion and how the mu­sic be­haves through­out the piece?

It starts with a horn solo (ac­tu­ally two horns in uni­son) that takes us into the magic of the jour­ney of life, and I thought I would pair it with a work writ­ten just one year later which also starts with a horn solo. We­ber’s Oberon over­ture is quite ob­vi­ously about magic, and his evo­ca­tion of the fairies in Shake­speare’s Mid­sum­mer Night’s Dream

is per­haps more play­ful than Schu­bert’s, but no less ro­man­tic and be­guil­ing.

In be­tween these the won­der­ful cel­list in the Orava String Quar­tet, Karol Kowa­lik, will play the El­gar con­certo. This is at the op­po­site ex­treme from the other works. Writ­ten al­most 100 years af­ter the We­ber and the Schu­bert pieces, it is one of the sad­dest tes­ta­ments that any com­poser has left us, whose grief is only ri­valled by the fi­nale of Tchaikovsky’s

Pa­the­tique, and some Mahler move­ments.

The Schu­bert sym­phony has been a per­sonal favourite of mine for as long as I can re­mem­ber. — Nicholas Rout­ley

Is there any­thing you can tell us about guest soloist and cel­list Karol Kowa­lik?

Karol is a most ex­cit­ing cel­list and pas­sion­ate cham­ber mu­si­cian. He was born to a very mu­si­cal fam­ily and is a found­ing mem­ber of the much trav­elled and pres­ti­gious

Orava String Quar­tet. Be­tween his busy sched­ule of re­hearsals and con­certs, he teaches at All Saints Angli­can School and runs a pri­vate stu­dio.


GRAND OPEN­ING: The North­ern Rivers Sym­phony Orches­tra plays En­chant­ing Cello this Sun­day in its first con­cert of the sea­son.

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