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Jakub Hrůša conducts Wagner, Martinů und Brahms

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Konzerthalle Bamberg: Joseph Keilberth SaalMußstr. 1, Bamberg, Bavaria, 96047, Germany
On Sunday 29 September 2019 at 17:00

In this season’s opening concert, Wagner’s shimmering “Lohengrin” prelude will transport us to a magical world of myth and legend. This world is invaded by the historical reality of a bitter inheritance dispute, however, and the prelude already contains hints of the opera’s tragic end, when Elsa asks her beloved swan-knight the forbidden question of his origins. A no less heartfelt work by Martinů will invoke our Bohemian roots. Martinů grew up in the tower of St James’s Church in Polička, where his father (the town watchman) kept a lookout for fires. The fantastic view from the tower made an abiding impression on Martinů: “This room is one of my strongest childhood impressions. In my works, I am always searching for it.” And indeed, the ravishing textures of the violin concerto, written in 1943 during Martinů’s exile in New York, capture this inspiration perfectly. Frank Peter Zimmermann, who will be performing this work on his Stradivari, describes it enthusiastically: “It is very lyrical, very dance-like. It sounds as if Dvořák had written a violin concerto in the 20th century.” Our principal conductor will also lead us through Brahms’s worlds of sound. Brahms always wanted to continue what he saw as Beethoven’s classical legacy. He was already 43 when he finished his first symphony – which critics immediately praised as “Beethoven’s Tenth”. Some suspect it has a secret programme: Brahms’s love for Clara Schumann. The symphony includes a theme that Brahms had written on a postcard wishing Clara a happy birthday: “Hoch auf'm Berg, tief im Thal, grüß ich dich viel tausend mal!” (“Up high in the mountains, deep down in the valley, I send you a thousand greetings!”) As an encore, we will play a brand new work by the musical magician Detlev Glanert: the hotly anticipated world premiere of his “angry” Allegro!

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