22 November 2013

Prayer and the cello player

(Friday files)

Last Saturday evening we went to the concert hall and heard Sol Gabetta and the West Australian Symphony orchestra play Dvorak's wonderful Cello Concerto in B minor. The Argentinian cellist's poppy-red gown and animated playing made it a visual as well as an auditory treat.

After the Dvorak, Sol Gabetta played a wistful piece as an encore, accompanied by the orchestra's cellists. It took me a while to find out what it was, since it wasn't on the programme and wasn't announced. Searching for "Sol Gabetta" and "encore" eventually led me to this piece by Ernst Bloch, called Prayer, one of three pieces "From Jewish Life". It was written in 1924 and was originally scored for cello and piano.

This version is played by Antonio Lysy.

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