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: Angela Denoke. 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.
Partita for orchestra
Vier letzte Lieder (Four Last Songs)
Angela Denoke Soprano
Symphony No. 4 in F minor
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 their former music director Claudio Abbado.
Gianandrea Noseda, principal guest conductor at the Mariinsky Theatre for many years and acting principal conductor 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.