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Jan 18

Lahav Shani conducts Bach, Penderecki, Mendelssohn

Schweinfurt, Theater
19:30 Uhr

As the baroque era waned, audience taste changed. This concert lets us hear how far into the future the impact of Bach and his music reached, and how it reinforced ever deeper emotional expression. Our two Principal Concertmasters perform together as soloists in Bach’s famous Double Concerto, whose many passages of sheer beauty also harbour moments of stormy drama. Penderecki, who has left an indelible mark on the 20th century’s musical landscape, composed his Chaconne in 2005 as a funeral tribute on the death of Pope John Paul II, lending romantic monumentality to baroque variation form. In 1829, on one of his formative journeys abroad, Mendelssohn took inspiration from the landscapes of Scotland, and in Edinburgh visited the »palace where Queen Mary (Stuart) lived and loved«. His symphony brilliantly captures Scotland’s misty, folky atmosphere, and (as Schumann put it) »reminds us of a vanished time« – although the new work initially caused consternation, Mendelssohn having stipulated that the four movements be played attacca – continuously – to avoid those »mood-killing breaks«.

Lahav Shani Conductor
Bart Vandenbogaerde Violin
Ilian Garnetz Violin

Johann Sebastian Bach Ouvertüre (Suite) Nr. 2 h-Moll für Flöte, Streicher und Basso continuo BWV 1067
Johann Sebastian Bach Doppelkonzert für 2 Violinen, Streichorchester und Basso continuo d-Moll BWV 1043
Krzysztof Penderecki »Ciaccona – In memoriam Giovanni Paolo II« aus dem »Polnischen Requiem«
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Symphonie Nr. 3 a-Moll op. 56 »Schottische«