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Hélène Grimaud plays Ravel

StadthalleTheodor-Heuss-Platz 1-3, Hannover, Lower Saxony, 30175, Germany
Dates/times in Berlin time zone
Monday 21 February 202219:30

Scintillating fusion of nations! A contemporary raved about Smetana: »Richly knowledgeable, he had seen much, suffered much, and was a skilled and exciting storyteller.« The great Czech composer was fascinated by his homeland’s wonderful landscapes and wealth of legends. His magnificent national epic »Má vlast«, written between 1874 and 1879, creates a portrait of some of these scenes and myths. Our musical journey starts at the »Vyšehrad«, where it seems a medieval bard is evoking the royal castle’s glorious past. This is followed by the deathless »earworm« of the Vltava theme: Smetana’s music atmospherically traces the course of the river from its source to its mouth. The next tone poem revolves around the legendary warrior maiden »Šárka«, who leads a bloodthirsty campaign of revenge against unfaithful lovers – after first arousing the curiosity of men through her wiles. Finally, there is the atmospheric »From Bohemia's Woods and Fields«, a light-hearted foray into scenes of pastoral beauty. Hélène Grimaud, too, believes nature to be the »humanity’s most important muse« – and her performances are also always driven by »curiosity and a sense of adventure«. 

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