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Vilnius Festival 2017

WDR Orchestra Salutes Vilnius

Soloist GAUTIER CAPUÇON (violoncello, France)
Conductor JUKKA-PEKKA SARASTE (Finland) 
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN – Overture „Egmont“, op. 84
ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK – Concerto for violoncello and orchestra, Nr. 2, h-moll, op. 104
JOHANNES BRAHMS – Symphony Nr. 3 F-dur, op. 90

The Westdeutsche Rundfunk (western German Radio) Symphony Orchestra was established in Cologne in 1947. Over the years having earned an international acclaim, the WDR Symphony Orchestra collaborates with the celebrated conductors, soloists and composers, regularly appears on Radio and TV broadcasts as well as major concert halls and festivals. The WDR Symphony Orchestra is an ambassador of music life in the North Rhine-Westphalia region.
Many a world’s most illustrious conductor as well as the WDR SO’s music directors should be credited for the Orchestra’s exceptional reputation, professionalism and impressive history. Finn Jukka-Pekka Saraste began his tenure as the WDR SO’s music director in 2010-2011. The very first collaboration of Saraste and the Orchestra in Mahler’s Ninth Symphony (in Cologne Philharmonic Hall) was named the “beginning of the great era” in Orchestra’s life. On the podium of this Orchestra the conductor stepped with a solid concert experience: he had previously directed Toronto, Oslo Philharmonic and the Finnish Radio symphony orchestras, was a guest conductor of London, Munich and Rotterdam philharmonic orchestras, as well as Staatskapelle Dresden, the BBC, and Gewandhausorchester Leipzig among others.
Concert reviews of tonight’s soloist French cellist Gautier Capuçon abound with superlatives: “Gautier Capuçon plays the cello with the control and wisdom of a much older musician. The lightness of his touch and the consistent clarity of his bow strokes are quite admirable in themselves, but when combined with an uncanny sweetness of tone in the higher registers they are breathtaking” (“Gramophone”). As a soloist Capuçon has appeared with the world’s foremost orchestras: the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Wiener Philharmoniker, Berliner Philharmoniker, Münchner Philharmoniker, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Orchestre national de France, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, the BBC, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. On the chamber music scene he has collaborated with such greats as Nicholas Angelich, Martha Argerich, Daniel Barenboim and Jean-Yves Thibaudet to name but a few. The cellist plays on 1701 Matteo Goffriller cello.