Till Eulenspiegel einmal anders! for horn, violine, clarinet, cello and double bass after Richard Strauss's Symphonic Poem
Clarinet Quintet in A major K. 581 (instead of the Première of Isidora Žebeljan's Needle Soup, A Surrealistic Fairy-Tale for an Octet, commissioned by the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation
Octet in F major D 803
Founded more than 70 years ago, the Philharmonic Octet Berlin is one of the oldest and most steeped in tradition of the many chamber music ensembles that have originated from the ranks of the Berliner Philharmoniker. Over the decades, many world-class composers – including Paul Hindemith, Hans Werner Henze, Karlheinz Stockhausen and Isang Yun – have written works for the ensemble.
This wonderful tradition was to be continued at this year's concert by the Philharmonic Octet in the chamber music hall of the Philharmonie with the premiere of Needle Soup by the Serbian composer Isidora Žebeljan. However, as the performance parts were not completed in time, we will now hear Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet in A major. The main work of the evening is Franz Schubert’s 1824 Octet, which marked the birth of the classic mixed octet (two violins, viola, cello, double bass, clarinet, horn and bassoon).
Schubert’s ground-breaking attempt to transfer the sound of an orchestra to a string quartet expanded to include a double bass and winds is complemented in a smaller group by Franz Hasenöhrl’s Till Eulenspiegel einmal anders! – an enchanting chamber music essence of Richard Strauss’s symphonic poem Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche which gets up to every instrumental trick. If you love opulent orchestra tones and subtle chamber music equally, you will definitely enjoy this Philharmonic Octet concert.