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Apr 18

Christian Gerhaher sings Widmann

Abo B
Bamberg, Konzerthalle, Joseph-Keilberth-Saal
20:00 Uhr

It’s the fox who teaches Saint-Exupéry’s Little Prince, the true nature of the spirit: »It’s only with the heart that you can see properly!« The glowing heart is the focus of the song-cycle composed in 2015, originally with piano, by our close collaborator Jörg Widmann, who is ever alert for new perspectives and sonic effects. In the orchestral version which is premiered tonight, Christian Gerhaher will unveil the many faces of love – on texts which strike deep into the heart, telling, says Widmann, »even of extreme experiences of love: it can be paradise, but also a snake pit, or both at once.« Rachmaninoff composed his »Symphonic Dances« in 1940 in exile in the USA, as a last wistful goodbye to his homeland, Russia. This pessimistic work is nothing to do with lightly tripping dance music – rather, it’s a sombre valedictory symphony, which defiantly parades quotations from his own compositons. These engrossing works are framed by further highlights: we play the original version of Janáček’s »Žárlivost«, a piece crackling with jealousy, intended at first as the overture to the opera »Jenůfa« – and as the encore there’s one more piece by Jörg Widmann!

Jakub Hrůša Conductor
Christian Gerhaher Baritone

Leoš Janáček »Zarlivost« (»Eifersucht«) für Orchester
Jörg Widmann »Das heiße Herz«, Liederzyklus für Bariton und Orchester, Uraufführung einer Auftragskomposition der Bamberger Symphoniker, finanziert von der Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung
Sergei Rachmaninow Symphonische Tänze op. 45
Jörg Widmann »Bamberger Marsch«, Uraufführung einer Zugabe, eine Auftragskomposition der Bamberger Symphoniker