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Nov 17

Manfred Honeck conducts Dvořák, Mahler, Bruch, Strauss

Abo E
Bamberg, Konzerthalle, Joseph-Keilberth-Saal
17:00 Uhr

»Rosenkavalier«, by that magician of sound Richard Strauss, was one of the 20th century’s biggest operatic hits – even if modernists saw it as a rehash of stale late romanticism and bitchily dubbed this dollop of sugar-coated Viennese waltz delirium »Sclerosenkavalier«. Strauss consciously composed it as the swansong of an era, a backwards glance to the heyday of Mozart’s operas as carefree entertainment. The main protagonist, the Marschallin, is having an affair with a younger man. Various imbroglios ensue, until at the end a balance is struck between happiness and regret at the transitoriness of life. Strauss himself called his intoxicating score a »nice little bastard«. Dvořák’s »Rusalka«, a fairytale opera about a water-nymph who yearns for human love, also inhabits a romantic sound-world. Manfred Honeck, tonight’s very popular guest conductor, arranged this orchestral fantasy from the opera himself. It’s followed by sounds of despair, in the »Adagio« from Mahler’s Tenth Symphony, the cry of someone wounded to the very core: while composing it in a state of »high excitement«, he learned that his wife Alma was having an affair with the architect Walter Gropius. Max Bruch’s Double Concerto is a nostalgic work, full of flowing melodies inspired by folk music. The soloists are two of our section principals, solo clarinettist Christoph Müller and solo viola Lois Landsverk! The encore is more than just a fun chucker-out: the world premiere of »Bis« by Thomas Daniel Schlee.

Manfred Honeck Conductor
Christoph Müller Clarinet
Lois Landsverk Viola

Antonín Dvořák »Rusalka«-Fantasie, Suite aus der Oper
Gustav Mahler Adagio aus der Symphonie Nr. 10 Fis-Dur
Max Bruch Doppelkonzert für Klarinette, Viola und Orchester e-Moll op. 88
Richard Strauss »Der Rosenkavalier«, Suite op. 59
Thomas Daniel Schlee »Bis«, Uraufführung einer Zugabe