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Mar 18

Karina Canellakis conducts Messiaen, Haydn, Strauss

Schweinfurt, Theater
19:30 Uhr

»Forget the agonies which had to be sublimated into music; think only of the ecstasies which transformed that effort of sublimation into a duty at once light and strict, beautiful and liberating.« Words from Klaus Mann’s novel »Symphonie Pathétique«. Tonight’s concert is especially rich in pathos: Messiaen’s »Hymne au Saint Sacrement«, majestic in its sonic colours, is marked by the dichotomy between profound faith and the never-ending struggle against temptation. Haydn’s Symphony in f minor is also passionate in its emotional character: sudden dynamic and rhythmic contrasts disrupt the music’s otherwise unruffled progress. In his tone poem »Death and Transfiguration,« Strauss aimed to represent »the hour of a man’s death, someone who had striven for the highest ideals, possibly an artist« – it’s a haunting work which builds from morbid »heart beats«, through fevered dreams, to the transcendental »dissolution of the world«. And to end the programme, all restraint goes out of the window: in Strauss’s hit opera »Salome«, it quickly becomes clear that passion can also lead to the brink of insanity. We perform Salome’s famous dance of seduction. And as if on cue, Karina Canellakis brings sheer female energy to the podium!

Karina Canellakis Conductor

Olivier Messiaen »Hymne au Saint Sacrement«
Joseph Haydn Symphonie Nr. 49 f-Moll Hob. I:49 »La passione«
Richard Strauss »Tod und Verklärung«
Richard Strauss »Tanz der sieben Schleier« aus »Salome« op. 54