(photo: Peter Adamik)

Karajan Academy

Pablo Heras-Casado, Nika Gorič and the Karajan Academy

Von der Wiener Klassik bis zur zeitgenössischen Musik: Den Startpunkt des von dem spanischen Stardirigenten Pablo Heras-Casado geleiteten Abends bildet Robert Schumanns Ouvertüre, Scherzo und Finale op. 52. Am Ende des Programms steht Wolfgang Amadeus Mozarts vorletzte Symphonie; deren zukunftsweisendem Charakter romantische Komponisten wie Schumann einst mit Ehrfurcht und Bewunderung begegneten. Dazwischen erklingen Maurice Ravels Le Tombeau de Couperin und Puzzles and Games from »Alice in Wonderland« für Sopran und Orchester der koreanischen, in Berlin lebenden Komponistin Unsuk Chin. Solistin ist Nika Gorič.

Scholars of the Karajan Academy

Pablo Heras-Casado conductor

Nika Gorič soprano

Academy VII

Robert Schumann

Overture, Scherzo and Finale, op. 52

Unsuk Chin

Puzzles and Games from “Alice in Wonderland” Pre-Premiere of the Ensemble Version

Nika Gorič soprano

Maurice Ravel

Le Tombeau de Couperin (Version for Orchestra)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550 (2nd version)

Dates and Tickets

Sun, 09 Jun 2019, 20:00

Chamber Music Hall | Introduction: 19:00

Serie KA


Karajan-Akademie der Berliner Philharmoniker e.V.

Herbert-von-Karajan-Straße 1

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In 1914, Pope Pius X toyed with the idea of displacing the (in his eyes) immoral tango from the nightclubs with one of the less sensual Renaissance dances of the past. As a mocker par excellence, Maurice Ravel then planned to arrange a composition by the French Baroque composer François Couperin so that it could be danced “in the Vatican by [the cabaret singer] Mistinguett and [the chansonette] Colette dressed as a man”. The outbreak of the First World War, which Ravel spent as a driver on the front line until his early release from military service, drew a line under this subversive project: he dedicated his Couperin arrangement which had now grown to several movements to the memory of comrades who had fallen in the war.

In this concert with the Karajan Academy, Ravel’s music, dazzling in every imaginable sense, finds its counterpart in the song cycle Puzzles and Games from »Alice in Wonderland« by the Berlin-based Korean composer Unsuk Chin, who draw inspiration from Lewis Carroll’s novel Alice in Wonderland. The opening work of this evening, conducted by the Spanish star conductor Pablo Heras-Casado, is Robert Schumann’s Overture, Scherzo and Finale, op. 52, a composition that was intended as an alternative to the classical symphonic tradition. The concert closes with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s penultimate symphony; a work whose pioneering character was regarded with awe and admiration by Romantic composers such as Schumann.

(photo: Peter Adamik)

Pablo Heras-Casado (photo: Fernando Sancho)

Nika Gorič (photo: Pierre Lidar)