Gauiter Capucon Performs Saint-Saens' Cello Concerto
Considered to be a rising force to be reckoned with in the upper echelons of the classical music world, Gauiter Capucon is a dynamic young performer whose mastery of tone and powerful yet nuanced style of playing place him at the forefront of the new guard. The virtuoso cellist joins the San Francisco Symphony, helmed by French conductor Stephane Deneve, for a programme of Ibert, Saint-Saens, Guillaume Connesson and Respighi.
The evening kicks off with the picturesque climes of Ibert's Escales, a sunny suite inspired by the mediterranean. A master work of tempo, key-change and the elevation of the cello as a solo instrument, Saint-Saen's Cello Concerto No. 1 follows. The programme ends with the dazzlingly colorful tone poem Pines of Rome, in which Respighi conjures the glory of the Roman Empire and the beauteous countryside of his homeland.