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Gianandrea Noseda debuts with Strauss and Tchaikovsky

Two visions of death that could not be more different. The old Richard Strauss looks toward his death confidently and calmly with his “Vier letzten Lieder” – soloist: Camilla Nylund. In his Fourth Symphony, Peter Tchaikovsky reflects uneasily with high emotional pressure an existential crisis that drove him to attempt suicide. With this programme, conductor Gianandrea Noseda will debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker.

Berliner Philharmoniker

Gianandrea Noseda Conductor

Camilla Nylund (replacing Angela Denoke) Soprano

With these concerts the Berliner Philharmoniker recall the first concert of the Berliner Philharmonisches Orchester after the end of the war in May 1945.

Goffredo Petrassi

Partita for orchestra

Richard Strauss

Vier letzte Lieder (Four Last Songs)

Camilla Nylund (replacing Angela Denoke) Soprano

Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Symphony No. 4 in F minor

Dates and Tickets

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Fri, 22 May 2015 8 p.m.

Philharmonie

Introduction: 7:00 pm

Sun, 24 May 2015 8 p.m.

Philharmonie

Introduction: 7:00 pm

Mon, 25 May 2015 8 p.m.

Philharmonie

Introduction: 7:00 pm

Programme

Piotr Tchaikovsky wrote his Fourth Symphony in 1877 under the impression of both varied and drastic personal experiences: at the beginning of the year, he began corresponding with the well-off widow of a railway magnate named Nadeschda von Meck, who in the following years would support his artistic creativity with generous financial support; shortly thereafter, the homosexual composer married an admirer whom he hardly knew. The marriage failed after only a few weeks, leading to a deep depression for the sensitive Tchaikovsky. That he called the menacing fanfare in the introduction to the first movement of the Fourth the “fate” theme has led to the work being interpreted as a “fate symphony”. This multi-layered composition ends the concert programme with which Gianandrea Noseda, born in Milan in 1964, gives his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker. The orchestra is dedicating these concerts to the memory of Leo Borchard, the first conductor after the Second World War.

Gianandrea Noseda, principal guest conductor at the Mariinsky Theatre for many years and acting music director of the Teatro Regio in Turin, is conductor laureate of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and chief guest conductor of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Guest appearances in significant musical centres confirm his reputation as an opera and concert conductor in demand internationally. Tchaikovsky’s Fourth will be performed beside Richard Strauss’s Vier letzte Lieder and music by his compatriot Goffredo Petrassi, who died in 2003. And the expectations are high! After all, Noseda’s recording of Petrassi’s choral works was nominated in January 2014 for the BBC Music Magazine Awards.

Biography

Piotr Tchaikovsky wrote his Fourth Symphony in 1877 under the impression of both varied and drastic personal experiences: at the beginning of the year, he began corresponding with the well-off widow of a railway magnate named Nadeschda von Meck, who in the following years would support his artistic creativity with generous financial support; shortly thereafter, the homosexual composer married an admirer whom he hardly knew. The marriage failed after only a few weeks, leading to a deep depression for the sensitive Tchaikovsky. That he called the menacing fanfare in the introduction to the first movement of the Fourth the “fate” theme has led to the work being interpreted as a “fate symphony”. This multi-layered composition ends the concert programme with which Gianandrea Noseda, born in Milan in 1964, gives his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker.

Gianandrea Noseda, principal guest conductor at the Mariinsky Theatre for many years and acting music director of the Teatro Regio in Turin, is conductor laureate of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and chief guest conductor of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Guest appearances in significant musical centres confirm his reputation as an opera and concert conductor in demand internationally. Tchaikovsky’s Fourth will be performed beside Richard Strauss’s Vier letzte Lieder and music by his compatriot Goffredo Petrassi, who died in 2003. And the expectations are high! After all, Noseda’s recording of Petrassi’s choral works was nominated in January 2014 for the BBC Music Magazine Awards.

Gianandrea Noseda

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