Schumann Cello Concerto with Julian Steckel
The outer, virtuoso movements are quite a contrast to the middle one which may be described as a romance for cello with restrained orchestral accompaniment – one of the most beautiful movements of Schumann’s. The concerto was composed rapidly and finished in only 15 days (10-24 October 1850).
Qualities that made Christian Zacharias one of the world’s most acclaimed pianists have also led to his further recognition as a conductor, musical thinker, writer and artist. His music performer is characterized by a highly individual mix of privacy and deep insights. He also possesses unique skills as a poetic and charismatic communicator with engaging stage presence.
Christian Zacharias maintains an active career as an internationally renowned concert pianist with solo and concerto performances around the world. He appears with the world’s leading conductors and pushes himself the most prominent orchestras, and many of his recordings have won international awards.
Christian Zacharias conductor’s career reflects his desire to build long-term partnerships with orchestras and musicians who respect each other. During his tenure as artistic director and principal conductor of the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, he made many recordings with the orchestra, which got very good critique. Among them, a series of Mozart’s complete piano concertos which won the Diapason die, Choc du Monde and ECHO Klassik award. The recent recording of Schumann’s four symphonies and CPE Bach Symphonies Berlin. Zacharias has been the Artistic Partner of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra since the season 2009. He has also been working closely with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, The Hague Philharmonic and the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra. More recently, he has devoted itself to the opera and led productions Titus gentleness and The Marriage of Figaro by Mozart and Offenbach’s La Belle Helene. 2015 he will direct the Otto Nicolai’s The Merry Wives of Windsor at the Royal Opera of Wallonia in Liege, Belgium.
Julian Steckel, Cello
Christian Zacharias, conductor
Recorded for GSOplay 18 November 2017