Beyond Beethoven – concerts by Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin: Vladimir Ashkenazy at the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
Vladimir Ashkenazy joins the chorus of Beethoven anniversary celebrations on his return to the conductor’s desk of his former orchestra. He takes a look at the jubilarian Beethoven with a view to his effect on Max Reger. Reger chose the last of the eleven bagatelles from Beethoven's opus 119 as a model for his “Variations and Fugue”, a little-known, rather inconspicuous “triviality" that the composer turns into a monumental piece. He expresses highly contrasting variations of the theme and takes it from one extreme to the other on the scale of late romantic expression. Sergei Rachmaninoff has also reacted to the work of other composers with several major cycles of variation. In the case of his “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini” it was his 24th Caprice in A minor. In his final composition with a piano solo part, he again asks the pianist to give it their all, a delightful challenge for the young Uzbek Behzod Abduraimov.
In the second part, Ashkenazy awaits with a true masterpiece of Russian symphonic music, a piece that is still shrouded in mystery 80 years after its premiere. Dmitri Shostakovich had done away with his fourth symphony after the notorious "Chaos Instead of Music" Pravda article and his defamation as a formalist. In order to avoid being banned from composing, he quickly decided to write a Fifth that would correspond to the Soviet demands for Socialist Realism. He reduced his tonal language and reverted to a late-romantic approach. The work was received with overwhelming applause and the composer’s, in actual fact, forced change of style was celebrated as his return to the party line.
Wednesday 4 December 2019 | 8:00 pm | 7:10 pm Introduction
Behzod Abduraimov – Piano
REGER Fugue on a Theme by Beethoven
RACHMANINOFF Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 5
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