Beyond Beethoven – concerts by Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin: Sakari Oramo Conducts Beethoven's Heiligenstadt Testament by Rodion Shchedrin
In the large chorus honouring the jubilarian Beethoven, the latter appears at the DSO primarily as a generator of topics. On his return to the conductor’s desk, Sakari Oramo lets him speak: as a symphonic fragment in Rodion Shchedrin's sonic interpretation of the “Heiligenstadt Testament”.
Beethoven wrote the harrowing document at the age of 31 in Heiligenstadt near Vienna. It was addressed to his brothers Carl and Johann, both of whom would never see it. Instead, the document remained in the possession of the composer and was only made public after his death. It is both testimony and confession alike, a document in which Beethoven complains of his hearing loss, which makes him turn his back on social life and see art as the meaning and content of his life.
It is not only Shchedrin who is in the best hands under the direction of Sakari Oramo, a renowned specialist in modern and Nordic repertoires, but above all also the music of his compatriot Magnus Lindberg. In 2014, the Finnish composer made freedom of thought and expression the subject of his timeless melodrama “Accused”. Lindberg chose interrogation records from three different eras as the basis for the text of this extremely expressive work.
The recitative solo part is assumed by Anu Komsi, a further star export of Finland. The celebrate soprano has the task of lending her voice to both prosecutors and defendants.
Sakari Oramo confronts the sonorous Heiligenstadt Testament with a no less confessional work, Tchaikovsky's Fourth. It was composed in the crisis-ridden year of 1877, in what was probably the most difficult period of the composer’s hapless marriage and under the crushing burden of his homosexuality.
Thursday 28 November 2019 | 8:00 pm | 7:10 pm Introduction
Anu Komsi – Soprano
RODION SHCHEDRIN – “Beethoven's Heiligenstadt Testament”
MAGNUS LINDBERG – “Accused” for soprano and orchestra
PYOTR TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 4
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