A cello quartet is faced with the mammoth task of being a symphony orchestra in this dazzling arrangement of Dvořák’s Cello Concerto. While it may be a tall order, you can witness the ensemble of cellists, comprising of Benjamin Nyffenegger, Anna Tyka Nyffenegger, Thomas Grossenbacher and Paul Handschke perform with aplomb to accompany Maximilian Hornung on the solo cello part.
The arrangement was done by Paul Handschke as part of his masters studies in Zurich. Nyffenegger, who plays the first cello part in this performance, commented, ’To put this together is a challenge, since the individual parts are not easy to play,’
He explains that he, Grossenbacher and Handschke are current or former members of the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, his wife Anna is a member of the Zurich Chamber Orchestra and Hornung a former solo cellist of the Sinfonieorchester des Bayrischen Rundfunks, ’so we all know the piece from both sides well - solo and orchestra - which helps a lot!’
The concert was performed as part of the Seetal Classics concert series. More information can be found here.