The “Moonlight” Sonata" from a New Angle
Beethoven was aware that his Piano Sonata in C-sharp minor had an unusual form and gave it the subtitle “quasi una Fantasia”. However, it was not till after his death that the Berlin music critic Ludwig Rellstab christened it the “Moonlight” Sonata, making it the epitome of romantic music. In 1985/1986, Giselher Klebe gave it a modern form by entrusting the melody to that most romantic of instruments, the French horn. Hector Berlioz’s song cycle “Les nuits d‘été”, which established the orchestral song genre, is no less romantic. They are enigmatic, yearning and dark-hued songs, with the vocal part embedded in the luxuriant sound of the orchestra. Dirk Kaftan combines these six “summer night” songs with a selection of sounds of nature and musical storms by other composers.
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