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Franz Schubert Rosamunde Overture, D. 644
Lowell Liebermann Concerto for Violoncello, op. 132 (ASO co-commission)
Julian Schwarz, violoncello
Antonín Dvořák Symphony No. 7 in D minor, op. 70
Incidental music by Schubert immortalized the now largely forgotten play by Helmina von Chézy about Cypriot princess Rosamunde seeking to reclaim her lost throne. Co-commissioned by a collection of orchestras, Lowell Liebermann’s cello concerto was first heard by audiences in Toledo, Ohio and reviewed by the Toledo Blade as “simply beautiful…The orchestrations are richly complex, replete with color, and underlay the solo role of the cello perfectly: balanced, tasteful and resilient.” Dvořák’s Symphony No. 7 is superbly adjusted, intensely expressive music in which melodies appear in almost limitless supply, music fired by a vigorous lyrical Bohemian spirit, warmed by tenderness but never smothered by sentimentality.