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Mar 23

Our honorary conductor Christoph Eschenbach

Abo E
Bamberg, Konzerthalle, Joseph-Keilberth-Saal
17:00 Uhr

This concert, led by our honorary conductor Christoph Eschenbach and featuring our principal organist Christian Schmitt, will span the divide between church and concert hall with a programme that explores the full range of musical sound, from richly sonorous to iridescent and ethereal. Bruckner was convinced: "God has shown His mercy to me among thousands and gifted this talent to me and no other. One day, I will have to answer to Him.” He was educated in a monastery school, and later on his main passion was playing the organ. The devout composer prayed daily, went to confession regularly, and often even climbed church towers to check that the cross really was higher than the lightning rod. But of course Bruckner was much more than just a church musician, and left behind a symphonic cosmos of confessional works. However, it was not until 1866, when he was over forty years old, that he published a full-length symphony, calling it a “saucy wench” (“keckes Beserl”). This inspired first endeavour already is marked by Bruckner’s typical style, which is often reminiscent of cathedral architecture. Saint-Saëns, who was referred to as the "French Beethoven", likewise was a renowned organist. He saw his 1886 "Organ Symphony" as the zenith of his compositional output: “In it, I gave everything I could give." The symphony plays with and develops a host of striking musical ideas full of sacred splendour: Gregorian motifs, powerful chorales, and masterly fugues create a stunning sound spectacle – and in the monumental finale, the entire orchestra sounds just like a gigantic organ.

Christoph Eschenbach Conductor
Christian Schmitt Organ

Anton Bruckner Symphonie Nr. 1 c-Moll
Camille Saint-Saëns Symphonie Nr. 3 c-Moll op. 78 »Orgelsymphonie«