In Focus (Adella Premium) Ep. 7, Lyrical Cello

Event Information

  • Dates: March 25, 2021 Premieres at 7 p.m. (ET)

  • Who: The Cleveland Orchestra Franz Welser-Möst, conductor

  • Venue: Adella Online (

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About the Music

C.P.E. Bach  Cello Concerto in A major, Wq 172

Shostakovich  Chamber Symphony in C minor, Opus 110a

Messiaen  Le Christ, lumière du Paradis [Christ, Light of Paradise]
     from Éclairs sur l'Au-Delà [Illuminations of the Beyond]

This program stars Cleveland Orchestra’s principal cello Mark Kosower, showcasing the cello’s wide-ranging lyricism and virtuosity in a concerto by one of Johann Sebastian Bach’s most prolific sons. Next comes Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony, adapted from his Eighth String Quartet. This is a piece layered in meaning — filled with fascinating self-references and musical allusions, and dedicated to “in memory of victims of fascism and war.” The program concludes with a transformative vision by Olivier Messiaen.

In addition to the concert performances, each episode of In Focus includes behind-the-scenes interviews and features about the music and musicmaking.


Performing Artists

The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor
Mark Kosower, cello


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