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Sep 21

Start of the new season with Jakub Hrůša

Abo A
Bamberg, Konzerthalle
20:00 Uhr

Without curiosity, there would never be anything new! This season, together with our principal conductor, we are on a quest to discover numerous works from his and our own Bohemian home. Our opening concert presents a symphony full of rich musical colour by the late romantic composer Josef Bohuslav Foerster, who was born in Prague in 1859. He completed his Fourth Symphony in 1903, shortly after moving to Vienna with his family. He gave it the title »Osternacht« (»Easter Vigil«), as its atmosphere reflects his own religiousness: the symphony contains a poignant funeral march, a folklore-inspired scherzo, a heartfelt andante, and a brilliant finale that brings in the organ and quotes a Bohemian Easter hymn. Foerster gravitated towards the national style of Smetana and Dvořák, but was equally inspired by Richard Strauss and especially Gustav Mahler, who was a close friend. And so our programme will also include two masterpieces by these two composers, who were always driven by their creative curiosity. Mahler met his future wife, Alma, in 1901 when he was writing his Fifth Symphony. This was why he retrospectively added the enchanting »Adagietto« as a dreamy interlude in the midst of this turbulent work – a declaration of love that is both ethereally beautiful and nostalgic. The celebrated Czech soprano Kateřina Kněžíková will interpret Strauss’s »Four Last Songs«. These settings of texts by Hesse and Eichendorff were written in 1948, a year before the composer’s death, when he had grown »weary of wandering«, to quote the final line of the last song. These splendidly reflective songs give an intense impression of peace of mind and readiness for death – conveyed with a serene smile.

Jakub Hrůša Conductor
Kateřina Kněžíková Soprano

Gustav Mahler Adagietto aus der Sinfonie Nr.5 cis-Moll
Richard Strauss »Vier letzte Lieder«
Josef Bohuslav Foerster Symphonie Nr. 4 c-Moll op. 54