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Jun 22

SPECIAL CONCERT: On the 200th anniversary of the death of E. T. A. Hoffmann

Bamberg, Konzerthalle
20:00 Uhr

»Haydn and Mozart, the creators of the newer instrumental music, first showed us art in its full glory; but Beethoven is the one who looked at it with a gaze filled with love and penetrated its innermost essence«, wrote E.T.A. Hoffmann – a selection of whose choral music we will present to mark the occasion of his death on 25 June 200 years ago. This great writer was also a musician and composer: he was kapellmeister in Bamberg and left behind a remarkable catalogue of works. Otherwise, our programme revolves around the major stars of Viennese classicism, a period when the public was extremely curious about the »new fashion«: not just music for the opera stage, but instrumental music for the concert hall was in much demand. Haydn's popular D major Concerto develops a variety of musical ideas, including more exotic elements – and since he liked to make sure inattentive listeners stayed awake, contrasting effects are inserted at regular intervals to surprise them. Mozart's popular D minor Concerto was written »head over heels« and was only written out for the orchestra the night before its premiere; Mozart played the solo part himself from memory. The work is both dramatic and at times nostalgic – his father Leopold called it simply »magnifique«. We will also perform Beethoven's »Little Ninth«, as his »Choral Fantasia« is often called. However, unlike the Ninth Symphony, the Fantasia is rarely heard on the concert stage. It starts with a brilliant piano solo, building up to a splendid choral hymn that does not praise joy, like its »big sister«, but is a homage to the fine arts – its flowery text reads: »Wenn der Töne Zauber walten und des Wortes Weihe spricht, muss sich Herrliches gestalten, Nacht und Stürme werden Licht« – »When music’s magic reigns, and the word’s blessing speaks, then glorious things arise, night and storms turn into light«.

Rudolf Buchbinder Piano and conductor
Bamberg Symphony Chorus (Choir director: Tarmon Vaask)

Joseph Haydn Konzert für Klavier und Orchester D-Dur Hob. XVIII:11
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Konzert für Klavier und Orchester Nr. 20 d-Moll KV 466
E.T.A. Hoffmann aus »Canzoni per quatro voci alla capella«: Salve Regina, Gloria Patri
Ludwig van Beethoven Fantasie für Klavier, Chor und Orchester c-Moll op. 80

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