Season 2014/2015

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Berliner Philharmoniker

Berliner Philharmoniker

Alan Gilbert Conductor

Christina Landshamer Soprano

Michael Nagy Baritone

Johann Sebastian Bach

Cantata Ach Gott, wie manches Herzeleid BWV 58 for soprano, bass, oboe, oboe da caccia, strings and contino

Christina Landshamer Soprano, Michael Nagy Baritone

Felix Mendelssohn

Symphony No. 3 in A minor Scottish

Carl Nielsen

Symphony No. 3 op. 27 Sinfonia espansiva

Christina Landshamer Soprano, Michael Nagy Baritone

Dates and Tickets Introduction one hour before the concert begins.

Fri, 21 Nov 2014 8 p.m.

Philharmonie

25 to 74 €

Sat, 22 Nov 2014 7 p.m.

Philharmonie

25 to 74 €

Sun, 23 Nov 2014 8 p.m.

Philharmonie

25 to 74 €

Programme

“Without any real purpose, just for my enjoyment,” Felix Mendelssohn travelled around the Scottish islands after a guest performance in London in 1829. Their wild nature, still to a large extent pristine, which Mendelssohn also recorded in drawings in his travel journal, and his encounter with evidence of Scottish history inspired the young composer to two of his best-known orchestral works. With his concert overture The Hebrides op. 26, Mendelssohn paid musical tribute to a group of islands off the northwest coast of Scotland; his visit to Edinburgh provided the impetus for him to compose his Third Symphony: “We went in the deep twilight to the palace where Queen Mary lived and loved,” Mendelssohn wrote to his parents on 30 July 1829. “The chapel next door is lacking a roof; grass and ivy grow abundantly on it; and before the altar, now in ruins, Mary was crowned Queen of Scotland. Everything around is broken and mouldering, and the bright sky shines through. I believe I found today the beginning of my Scottish Symphony.”

At his concert with the Berliner Philharmoniker this year, Alan Gilbert, music director of the New York Philharmonic, will combine this work by Mendelssohn with Symphony No. 3 by the Dane Carl Nielsen, premiered with the composer conducting in 1912. The work, which he gave the enigmatic title Sinfonia espansiva, is a perfect example of symphonic traditions beyond the German-speaking cultural sphere – and thus worth discovering time and again!

Alan Gilbert
Christina Landshamer

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