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Feb 18

Markus Poschner conducts Mozart and Bruckner

Abo A / Schüler-Abo
Bamberg, Konzerthalle, Joseph-Keilberth-Saal
20:00 Uhr

Mozart had one firm principle: »Passions, violent or otherwise, must never be expressed ad nauseam, and even in the scariest scenarios music should never offend the ear but even then please and so remain music at all times.« He composed many of his works as brilliant showpieces for himself to perform. Still, his father Leopold reproached him for too often neglecting the violin in favour of the keyboard. Later, though, Mozart told him in a letter that »at a Soupée« in Augsburg he had played his Violin Concerto K 216, of 1775: »It went down a treat, everyone praised my beautiful, pure tone.« The Mozart biographer Alfred Einstein waxed lyrical about this Concerto, with its many popular melodies, and felt the Adagio sounded as it if had »dropped down from heaven«. Unlike Mozart, who very often composed »harum-scarum«, Bruckner tweaked his works obsessively. The various versions of his Symphonies are a source of passionate and unending debate among conductors and musicologists. Bruckner began the Third in 1872 and substantially reworked it three times. He dedicated it »in deepest reverence« to Wagner, as a token of his boundless admiration – although only after Bruckner had visited Bayreuth and assured himself that Wagner would look favourably on the proposal. Another trace of his life-long efforts to gain his great idol’s favour are the quotations from Wagner’s operas – strikingly, only in the original 1873 version, the one on our music stands tonight. It remains a dazzling masterpiece, whose changeable mood Bruckner explained thus: »That’s life.«

Markus Poschner Conductor
Renaud Capuçon Violin

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Konzert für Violine und Orchester Nr. 3 G-Dur KV 216
Anton Bruckner Symphonie Nr. 3 d-Moll »Wagner-Symphonie« (Originalfassung von 1873)