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David Robertson begins 2015 with a festival of Schumann Symphonies

BY Katherine Stevenson | 21-Jan-2015
Sydney Symphony Orchestra Chief Conductor David Robertson will share his love of Romantic German composer Robert Schumann with Sydney audiences this February, when he conducts all four of the composer’s symphonies at the Sydney Opera House. This will be a rare opportunity to hear the complete cycle of Schumann’s symphonies in just two weeks. @sydsymph #sydneysymphony

“These symphonies really express the tremendous depth of what it’s like to be human,” Robertson explains. “And by looking at all four symphonies in a close period of time you can actually see they are forerunners of things that composers like Sibelius or Mahler might do much later.”

Robertson, who begins his second year as Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the SSO, will be joined by his good friend and virtuoso German violinist Christian Tetzlaff, who will play the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto and the Jörg Widmann Violin Concerto over the two programs. Regarded as one of the most important violinists performing today, Tetzlaff is known internationally for his musical integrity, technical assurance and intelligent, compelling interpretations.

Robertson says Tetzlaff is gifted with incredible musicality: “When Christian plays it’s like he’s talking with the music. It’s as though he is speaking to you in a language which is your own - although you may not have realised it as such. I’ve found whether he’s playing romantic or modern works he brings this incredible purity of expression and this ability to just talk music.” **