Beyond Beethoven – concerts by Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin: John Wilson Conducts the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
Humour is an attribute that is quite rarely ascribed to Beethoven's weighty music. John Wilson presents another, often overlooked, side of the composer at the start of his programme with his Rondo and Capriccio "The Rage over a Lost Penny". In 1940, Erwin Schulhoff arranged an effective orchestral adaptation of the virtuoso piano piece, which emphasizes the striking subtleties and thematic relationships of the piano movement through its skilful instrumentation.
The orchestral bravado experiences an emotional deceleration with the “Four Last Songs” of Richard Strauss. The 84-year-old Strauss composed his musical legacy In 1948 with the orchestra songs based on poems by Joseph von Eichendorff and Hermann Hesse. Strauss celebrates finiteness with the aesthetics of the beautiful tone. Although his farewell is wistful, it is neither painful or resigned, but rather a reconciliatory and peaceful reflection on life.
With his view to the “American horizon” and Korngold's F sharp major symphony, John Wilson contrasts the focus on Beethoven with the other focus of the DSO season. Korngold, the one-time child prodigy, became one of Hollywood's leading film composers in his American exile. His attempts after the war to build on his earlier triumphs in "serious" music were on the other hand hardly successful. And his only symphony had to wait for a long time before getting the recognition it deserves. Today, his probably most modern work is counted among the highlights of his instrumental oeuvre. It brings together the experiences of exile and Viennese tradition, the European history of autonomous music and the plasticity of his style-creating American film music.
Thursday 30 April | 8:00 pm | 7:10 pm Introduction
Erin Wall – Soprano
BEETHOVEN “The Rage Over a Lost Penny”
STRAUSS "Four Last Songs"
KORNGOLD Symphony in F sharp major
15 € - 50 €
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