Drawn from the finest players across the continent, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe is widely considered to be one of the world’s greatest orchestras.
Its two International Festival concerts are directed by the young French-Canadian Yannick Nézet Séguin, who is famed for the inspirational energy of his performances.
In his revolutionary ‘Eroica’ Symphony, Beethoven reacted to hopes for freedom and democracy in Europe with stirring themes and music of immense emotional depth. Strauss’s Metamorphosen, which begins the concert, is an intensely personal refl ection on the destruction of German culture in the Second World War that quotes from Beethoven’s symphonic masterpiece.
In between, Haydn’s joyful Sinfonia concertante for violin, cello, oboe, bassoon and orchestra showcases the talents of the COE soloists in sparkling music full of wit and virtuosity.
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Conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Kai Frömbgen Oboe
Matthew Wilkie Bassoon
Lorenza Borrani Violin
William Conway Cello
Haydn Sinfonia concertante in B flat
Beethoven Symphony No 3 'Eroica'