Symphony returns to Tweed
‘Enchanting Cello’ opens up orchestra’s 2018 season
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.