Beyond Beethoven – concerts by Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin: Cornelius Meister conducts the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
The DSO’s celebrations commemorating Beethoven's 250th Anniversary are above all programmes in which the jubilarian sets the theme. At the beginning of this concert, the orchestra and Cornelius Meister, take a look at Beethoven's effect on Johannes Maria Staud, who used the composer’s First Symphony as the model for his thrilling orchestral piece “Maniai”. The movement patterns and Beethoven's ability to allow "absolute tenderness to coexist alongside absolute savagery," have left their mark on Staud's work. The speed of the first "furioso" part of this two-tier composition finally gives way to a "grazioso", and thus also a reference to the title, for which the Austrian was inspired by Greek mythology, where the "Maniai", the three furies, have also been known to turn into graces.
Truls Mørk and the DSO lead us to far-removed spheres in the subsequent cello concerto by Elgar, which has always been an invitation to aesthetize, philosophize and speculate with its deep emotionality and the background of its creation.
Elgar's resounding farewell is followed by Strauss' celebration of the dawning of the day in radiant orchestral colours. The “Sunrise” is, however, only the first of a total of nine sections in “Thus Spake Zarathustra”. Fascinated by Nietzsche's design of a liberal-optimistic individual in his book of the same name, Strauss turned the philosophical model into a sonorous tone poem, without, as he says, "depicting Nietzsche's great work musically. I was far more concerned with conveying musically the idea of the unfolding of the human race from its beginnings and its various stages of development [...] to Nietzsche's idea of the Übermensch."
Saturday 28 March | 8:00 pm | 7:10 pm Introduction
Truls Mørk – Violoncello
ELGAR Violoncello Concerto in E minor
STRAUSS "Thus Spake Zarathustra."
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