The Musikgymnasium Schloss Belvedere Weimar, or Belvedere Music High School, is a state-run school where about 120 especially musically gifted pupils from Germany and abroad are taught by professors and lecturers of the University of Music “Franz Liszt”. After already experiencing some of these young up-and-coming musicians on several occasions at the lunch concerts, this renowned institution’s orchestra will now present themselves in the Chamber Music Hall of Berlin’s Philharmonie at the invitation of the education department of the Berliner Philharmoniker: with György Ligeti’s early Concert Românesc, still heavily influenced by the Hungarian music tradition of Béla Bartók, where in the Finale the strings imitate the captivating playing of the Romanian Roma.
Following this, they will play the Concerto for Horn and Strings by British composer Gordon Jacob (born in 1895), which was premiered by horn virtuoso Dennis Brain on 8 May 1951 in London’s Wigmore Hall, a work that shimmers between dreamy lyricism and highly virtuoso runs. The soloist on this evening conducted by Joan Pagès Valls will be Jörg Brückner, principal horn of the Munich Philharmonic, who teaches at the “Franz Liszt” University, as does Valls. The concert concludes with Felix Mendelssohn’s Symphony op. 11, in which the composer, only 15 years old at the time, surprised the musical public with great “prowess in the treatment of the individual instruments and […] of the entire orchestra” (Allgemeine musikalische Zeitung).