Schubert’s Third Symphony has a memorable melody for clarinet after its brief introduction, and the Fourth Symphony, subtitled Tragic, moves with irresistible momentum. A new concerto by Italian composer Giovanni Sollima for two cellos will be heard between the two symphonies. With the composer playing one of the solo parts, the concerto’s other part is played by Yo-Yo Ma. Sollima uses many different styles in the piece, including southern Italian folk music in a work the audience enjoyed immensely. We have an extended interview with Sollima and Ma discussing the work below. Other music to complete the program includes a portion of Schubert’s incidental music to Rosamunde and the Ballet Music from Verdi’s Macbeth. Music director Riccardo Muti conducts the program.

Schubert Symphony No. 3 in D Major, D. 200
Sollima Antidotum Tarantulae XXI Concerto for Two Cellos and Orchestra
Yo-Yo Ma, Giovanni Sollima, cellos [CSO Commission, World Premiere]
Schubert Symphony No. 4 in C Minor, D. 417 (Tragic)

Originally recorded at concerts on Jan. 30 and 31, and Feb. 1, 2014

Schubert Entr’acte No. 3 from Rosamunde

Originally recorded at concert on Feb. 9, 10 and 11, 2012

Verdi Ballet Music from Macbeth

Originally recorded at concerts on Sept. 19 and 21, 2013

This program will remain available until April 21, 2015

Program notes for the Schubert symphonies and Sollima’s Antidotum Tarantulae XXI may be read here. Notes for Schubert’s music from Rosamunde can be found here, and those for the Ballet Music from Macbeth are located here.

Performer Biographies

Riccardo Muti, Zell Music Director and conductor

Yo-Yo Ma, cello

Giovanni Sollima, composer and cello