Jan Vogler presents a revealing reading of Schumann’s Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129 with his own orchestra, the Dresden Festival Orchestra, that consists of more than 50 members from Europe's most renowned early music ensembles, under the baton of its musical director Ivor Bolton. Exploring Schumann's "original sound", Jan Vogler plays on gut strings and the orchestra on period instruments. The concerto connects the Dresden Music Festival and its orchestra to the productive Dresden period of Schumann's work (1844-50) since Schumann composed the cello concerto immediately after he had left the city.
Schumann considered calling the work a "Concert piece for cello with orchestral accompaniment"; indeed, the orchestral writing in the concerto is far more transparent and unobtrusive than is normally associated with Schumann concert works. It is a little-known fact that the composer learned to play cello as a child, and that after damaging his right hand during the early 1830s he intended to return to the cello in an effort to better his understanding of chamber and orchestral music.
The programme shows the performance of the cello concerto at the Palace in the Great Garden, Dresden and moreover includes excerpts of the artists’ debut at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg together with Martin Stadtfeld.