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May 19

Jakub Hrůša conducts Brahms, Lundquist and Smetana

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

Today we will start a journey through nature! After a refreshing and at the same time busy summer in Pörtschach at the Wörthersee Johannes Brahms had finished his second symphony which he composed in great parts during his holidays. The music is friendly and literally sun-ripened – yet the composer made a habit of fooling his friends by writing in letters that his symphony was »long and not exactly amiable«. To another friend he said: »You have never heard anything so filled with Weltschmerz«. After this, an instrument only rarely in the spotlight will make a grand appearance: our orchestra’s tuba player, Heiko Triebener, will interpret the multifaceted concerto »Landscape« by Torbjörn Ivan Lundquist. In his works, the Swedish composer was always concerned with »the essence of life; not to escape reality, but to reinstate it.« His tuba concerto is a fascinating and virtuoso exploration of the specific sound of the lowest brass instrument. Lundquist was struck with the idea for this piece on the west coast of Sweden: »The title alludes to the ideal state of nature or a landscape before its ecological balance is disturbed – and this also applies metaphorically to the inner ‘landscape’ of human beings.« And for the finale, Chief Conductor Jakub Hrůša takes us with him on a voyage to Bohemia, also his home country and the cradle of the Bamberg Symphony. Two movements from Bedřich Smetanas cycle »Ma vlast« (»My home country«) tell us about the city of Tábor, a symbol of Czechia’s national rebirth and the massive mountain Blaník from where Holy Wenceslas and his army of Knights watch over the entire country.

Jakub Hrůša Conductor
Heiko Triebener Tuba

Johannes Brahms Symphony No. 2 D major op. 73
Torbjörn Iwan Lundquist »Landscape« für Tuba und Streicher
Bedřich Smetana Mein Vaterland: 5 Tàbor
Bedřich Smetana Mein Vaterland: 6 Blaník