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Exeter Symphony Orchestra Summer Concert with Natalie Clein

This special concert – the highlight of ESO’s year – with internationally acclaimed cellist, Natalie Clein, promises great music in the fabulous setting of Exeter Cathedral. We feel immensely privileged and excited at the prospect of accompanying Natalie in Shostakovich’s first concerto for the cello in a programme also including a well-known overture and a favourite symphony.

The concert opens with the vivacious and effervescent Festive Overture (Opus 96) by Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975). Described modestly by the composer as “just a short work, festive or celebrative in spirit”, its blistering pace and ebullience have ensured enduring success in the concert hall.

Recently described by The Times as ‘mesmerising’ and ‘soaringly passionate’ in performance, our soloist, British cellist Natalie Clein, has built a distinguished career playing regularly at major venues worldwide with top conductors. She will play the Shostakovich Cello Concerto No 1 in E-flat major (Op 107), composed in 1959 for Mstislav Rostropovich and widely considered to be one of the most difficult concert works for the instrument.

The Symphony No 4 in F minor (Op 36) by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893), completed in 1878, received a lukewarm reception at its Moscow, St Petersburg and New York premières, but became a resounding success in the UK when first conducted by the composer five years later in Cambridge. Its opening fanfare renders it instantly recognisable as one of the greatest of Tchaikovsky symphonies, lavishly orchestrated and replete with memorable tunes.

So, do join us to enjoy our renowned soloist perform Shostakovich with the ESO and hear Tchaikovsky too.
Concert start: 7:30pm
Tickets: £20-£35 reserved; £15 unreserved; £5 under-18s
Exeter Cathedral Devon EX1 1HS
Sat 20 July