A rare cello, made circa 1696 by the celebrated Antonio Stradivari, has been loaned to Manchester Camerata’s principal cellist Hannah Roberts for the orchestra’s first performance in the newly refurbished RNCM Concert Hall on 11th February.
One of very few cellos by the master to be rediscovered in the last fifty years, J & A Beare Ltd, who loaned the cello, believe that the instrument had been in London since the nineteenth century. It is similar in outline to the cellos made by Bernard Simon Fendt from the early 1800s and they surmise that Fendt may well have seen this Strad cello in London at around that time.
Simon Morris, Director, J & A Beare Ltd said: “Having the opportunity to see one of Antonio Stradivari’s cellos ‘in the flesh’, would undoubtedly have an influence on Fendt (indeed on any maker) and particularly at a time when photographs and other media were simply not available.”
Principal Cello, Hannah Roberts, performs Elgar’s elegiac Cello Concerto no.1 – considered to be one of the most popular concerti of the 20th century. Mozart’s penultimate symphony (no.40), brings the evening to a dramatic conclusion.
Manchester Camerata Bizet, Elgar, Mozart Wednesday 11 February 2015 7:30 pm
Bizet Symphony in C
Elgar Cello Concerto in E minor Op.85
Mozart Symphony no.40, K.550
Gábor Takács-Nagy conductor
Hannah Roberts cello