Sunday, February 12, 2012
The Minnesota Orchestra performed brilliantly under guest conductor James Gaffigan this week. A piece by Mussorgsky, another by Tchaikovsky (The Pathetique). They bracketed the enormously difficult Prokofiev Sinfonia concertante, for ello and orchestra. Anthony Ross, the orchestra's long time principal cellist was the solo performer. The piece was famously inspired by master cellist, Mstislav Rostopovich. The piece requires complete accomplishment of all possible techniques on the instrument and covers a range usually reserved for the violin.