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Oct 20

Jakub Hrůša conduct Alpensymphonie

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

Janáček’s late romantic opera »The Cunning Little Vixen« is a wonderful tale about life’s secret yearnings. It is based upon a picture story published in the Brno daily newspaper, in which a forester catches the fox cub Sharp-Ears in the woods and takes her back to his home. However, the fox, the farm dachshund and the forester’s children end up in constant conflict. The vixen manages to escape back to the forest, where she falls in love with a dog fox, marries him and has lots of cubs herself – and all the while, the forester misses her terribly. Janáček used folk songs, animal calls and the melody of human language to develop the musical matter of this »Moravian midsummer night’s dream«, from which Jakub Hrůša has compiled a brand-new suite. The suite’s intoxicating musical colours will also feature on the programme of our trip to the Janáček festival in Brno, where our principal conductor was born. There too, as in Bamberg, the suite will be followed by Richard Strauss’s »Alpine Symphony« – another great description of nature. Strauss chose the beloved mountains of his Bavarian homeland as his subject, creating an alpine »Tour d'orchestre« for an enormous orchestral apparatus including an organ, thunder and wind machine, and even cow bells! He said nonchalantly: »I wanted to compose a cow giving milk.« More than sixty motifs describe a nature experience that is easy to follow step by step when listening, thanks to the headings the composer noted meticulously in the score – an adventurous mountain hike starting at dawn and ending with an evening thunderstorm and the setting of the sun.

Jakub Hrůša Conductor

Leoš Janáček Große Suite aus der Oper »Das schlaue Füchslein«, Zusammenstellung von Jakub Hrůša
Richard Strauss »Eine Alpensymphonie« op. 64