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Our honorary conductor with compositions by Haydn and Bruckner

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Konzerthalle Bamberg: Joseph Keilberth SaalMußstr. 1, Bamberg, Bayern, 96047, Alemania
2019 octubre 11, 12 a las 20:00

Joseph Haydn left behind a substantial symphonic legacy. For decades, he lived in the remote countryside in the “Esterházy fairy realm”, where no-one could “vex” him. Despite this, he soon attracted the attention of Europe’s major cities. Haydn was already an elderly man when he travelled to London – he had never seen the sea, nor could he speak a word of English. Nevertheless, some of his most important works were written there. Under the baton of our honorary conductor, we will perform his last symphony of 1795, of which it was said at the time: “For the next fifty years, composers will be little better than Haydn imitators, and produce little more than rehashings of his works.” This ingenious D major symphony is a wonderful distillation of Haydn’s lifelong work, now solemn, now idyllic in expression – and its folky final movement inspired nicknames such as “bagpipes” or “dance of the bears”. One century later, Anton Bruckner composed a monumental cosmos of confessional symphonic works – despite his many scruples concerning the genre. He once said: “If you want to build high towers, you need to spend a lot of time on the foundations.” He completed his sixth symphony, which has since proved somewhat less popular than his other works, in 1881. It was the first of his symphonies that he did not revise. Due to its audacity, Bruckner himself referred to it as his “boldest” work in a humorous rhyme: we hear climax after climax, each seemingly wanting to outdo the others. However, the Adagio also features that typical inwardness into which Bruckner seems to have poured all the melancholy of the love he was never able to give – and many listeners hear the symphony as “luxuriating in memories of Wagner” or as a “song of praise to the beauty of the earth”.

Herbert Blomstedt © Andreas Herzau
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