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Beguiling Tchaikovsky from Alban Gerhardt and Klaus Mäkelä in Antwerp

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme in A major, Op. 33
Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 43

Alban Gerhardt, cello
Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, Klaus Mäkelä
Antwerp, Queen Elisabeth Hall, 28 October 2018

Klaus Mäkelä (© Heikki Tuuli)

Klaus Mäkelä (© Heikki Tuuli)

Judging by the many empty seats in the Elisabeth Centre, Antwerp concertgoers may not be very matinal, in spite of the alluring programme – and the pre-concert coffee and croissants generously included with the tickets. Yet those who braved the Sunday morning start were in for a treat. This matinée by the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra (ASO) was dubbed “Alban Gerhardt plays Tchaikovsky”. In retrospect, the performance by the German cellist of Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme proved an absolute highlight, but at the same time we were introduced to a promising newcomer, the highly-touted Finnish conductor Klaus Mäkelä, only 22 years old, currently Principal guest conductor with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and soon-to-be Chief conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic.

Read the full review on Bachtrack.