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On That Note: Performing Shostakovich In Finland

courtesty of Robert Cohen
Cellist Robert Cohen with the Tampere Philharmonic

The last time we spoke with Robert Cohen for our On That Note segment, he was preparing to perform Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1 in Finland. It’s a very difficult and emotional piece, and Robert says he was quite nervous about performing it, not the least because of the physical stamina required.

"If you’re going to be able to play this concerto absolutely to your best, and for it to be in your control and not run out of energy, you have to be really on top of your game," he says.

This month, he’s just returned from what turned out to be a triumphant performance, and he joins us via Skype from his home in London to talk about what it was like:

Bonnie North
Bonnie joined WUWM in March 2006 as the Arts Producer of the locally produced weekday magazine program Lake Effect.
For 35 years one of the worlds leading cello soloist, Robert Cohen is an award-winning recording artist, conductor, artistic director and pedagogue who has been broadcast on TV and radio throughout the world. His passionate views on the art of learning, performing and communicating music have been widely published.