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Oct 19

Vilde Frang plays Bruch

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

Shakespeare’s play »Coriolanus« tells of a tragic hero banished from his homeland. In 1807, Beethoven turned this tale into a musical monument that E.T.A. Hoffmann called »reflective poetry«. The moving »Coriolanus« overture will be followed by Max Bruch’s violin concerto of 1868, which was both a blessing and a curse for its author: he feared that he would be remembered for this work alone and otherwise be forgotten by music history. The concerto was enough to secure him eternal fame, however. And woe betide any niggling critic – such as the dreaded Eduard Hanslick, who wrote insultingly that one could not »warm to this insipid cleverness«. »That’s completely beyond the pale,« Bruch responded angrily, calling Hanslick’s comments »barbaric nonsense«. He would have done better to ignore the critic – after all, the violin concerto is a firm favourite all around the globe. In our concert, its yearning and folkloristic melodies will be presented by the celebrated violinist Vilde Frang. As Bruch once stated: »Everything passes – except the true melody, whatever mad fools and boneheads may say!« It was said that Dvořák’s melodic ingenuity was as indisputable as the spring. We will conclude our concert by playing his »world-shaking« seventh symphony of 1885, which differs in tone from his earlier, mostly cheerful works in this genre: this stormy, romantic symphony in D minor is characterised by tragic pathos. Its dense music pours forth in a passionate and occasionally even defiant flood of ideas – but the lyrical element, the expansive song of an overflowing and nostalgic soul, is present likewise.




Jakub Hrůša Conductor
Vilde Frang Violin

Ludwig van Beethoven Ouvertüre zum Trauerspiel »Coriolan« op. 62
Max Bruch Konzert für Violine und Orchester Nr. 1 g-Moll op. 26
Antonín Dvořák Symphonie Nr. 7 d-Moll op. 70