Academy of Ancient Music: Nicolas Altstaedt plays Haydn

Academy of Ancient Music: Nicolas Altstaedt plays Haydn

Few soloists make the cello’s uniquely human voice sing with more baritonal warmth than Nicolas Altstaedt, whose passionate performances bring out all the colours of his period instrument.

Dates 27 Mar 2019 - This event is in the past.
Opening times 7.30pm
Venue West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge

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Academy of Ancient Music: Nicolas Altstaedt plays Haydn

Continuing this season’s theme of rediscovered works, Altstaedt here performs Haydn’s masterpieceof a Cello Concerto in C major – a work lost for nearly 200 years, before resurfacing in the 1960s. Stretching the form of the baroque concerto to its limits, this generous, joyous work, with its bravura finale, marries 18th-century elegance with the adventurous, questioning spirit of the 19th century.

The same spirit of adventure and experimentation runs right through a programme directed from the cello by Altstaedt himself, reaching its peak in CPE Bach’s A major concerto, whose heroic soloist must do battle in music that reflects the highly individual, prescient voice of its composer. Erratic energygives way to sustained lyricism in the lovely central movement – which rivals Haydn’s ‘Andante Cantabile’ for songlike beauty.

Pre-concert talk 6.30pm


Academy of Ancient Music

The Academy of Ancient Music exists to explore, reveal and preserve our glorious treasure house of early music. We do this by providing concerts in Cambridge, London and on tour to other UK and international destinations; recordings (we have made over 300 recordings for leading labels and are now the most listened-to period ensemble online); and our education and outreach scheme AAMplify.

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