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Cleveland Orchestra principal timpanist Paul Yancich coaching Pedro Fernandez.

The October 8th program features a work for eight pedal timpani, the first concerto ever written for timpani.  The Cleveland Classical spoke with timpanist Paul Yancich.

We spoke to Cleveland Orchestra principal timpanist Paul Yancich about that fascinating and challenging work, but began by asking him why he wanted to perform the piece.

Paul Yancich: The nice thing about the Fischer is that it is the first known timpani concerto ever, and that is why I wanted to play it. It’s a very interesting piece and I think the audience is going to be intrigued to see and hear the whole thing. It’s not too long but very challenging — more so than I first thought when I looked at the music.

10/1      Haydn:   The Seasons (Malin Hartelius, s; Maximilian Schmitt, t; Luca Pisaroni, bs/bar; Cleveland Orchestra Chorus; Franz Welser-Möst, cond)

10/8      Rebel:   Les elements Overture Fischer: Symphony with Eight Obbligato Timpani  Mozart: Symphony No. 17 Haydn:  Symphony No. 45, Farewell (Paul Yancich, timp; Ton Koopman, cond)

10/15    Handel:   Water Music Suite No. 1, Coronation Anthem No. 1, Zadok the Priest,  Dettingen Te Deum (Klaus Mertens, bs; Ton Koopman, cond)

10/22 MartinssonOpen Mind Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 (Lars Vogt, p; Manfred Honeck, cond)