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Oct 18

Juanjo Mena conducts Brahms and Schumann

Schweinfurt, Theater
19:30 Uhr

»We are living in a tremendous novel.« This quote from Novalis applies particularly aptly to Robert Schumann, who lived in the Romantic world of ideas, a world caught between dreams and reality. Schumann constantly battled with volatile states of mind, and his beloved wife Clara was often his only support. He drafted his Fourth Symphony in 1841 in a state of rapturous bliss after he was finally permitted to marry Clara following a long quarrel with her father. Schumann wrote: »My next symphony shall be called ‘Clara’, and in it I will paint her portrait.« Thus he created a work brimming with the magic of their relationship. Much the same goes for the Romances op. 94, which will be interpreted by our solo oboist Andrey Godik: Schumann wrote these lyrical, intimate pieces in 1849 as a Christmas present for Clara and himself referred to them as »delicate, scented flowers«. In this concert, we will also be telling the story of the Schumann family’s friendship with Brahms – of closely interwoven life stories: Schumann supported the young composer from Hamburg, who nevertheless must have been a thorn in his side – for Brahms, who never married, had fallen in love with Clara. Clara sometimes referred to Brahms as »meine Johannespassion« – »my St. John Passion«, a play on the composer’s first name, Johannes. After Schumann’s death, Brahms supported Clara and her seven children. Furthermore, they advised one another on artistic matters. Clara was enraptured by Brahms’ 1879 violin concerto, saying it was a piece »in which orchestra and violinist melt utterly and become one«. Vadim Gluzman, who is much in demand across the globe, will interpret this concerto for us on his Stradivari. Juanjo Mena, who studied under Sergiu Celibidache, will be conducting the Bamberg Symphonic for the first time in these concerts.

Juanjo Mena Conductor
Vadim Gluzman Violin
Andrey Godik Oboe
Kimiko Imani Piano

Johannes Brahms Konzert für Violine und Orchester D-Dur op. 77
Robert Schumann Drei Romanzen für Oboe und Klavier op. 94
Robert Schumann Symphonie Nr. 4 d-Moll op. 120