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Nov 18

with Jakub Hrůša and Barbara Hannigan in Wien

Wien, Konzerthaus
19:30 Uhr

»I know you are there. I know I will find you. Let me tell you ...« Many tales are told in Abrahamsen’s riveting song cycle »let me tell you«, written in 2013 – tales of how things were, how they are today and how they could be in future. The cycle deals with love, hope, despair and death. The poet Paul Griffiths compiled Ophelia’s words from Shakespeare’s »Hamlet«, creating a dramatic monologue spoken by the hero’s unhappy lover. Ophelia’s states of mind are set to music using a fascinatingly transparent yet sensual and intense musical language. Hans Abrahamsen wrote his orchestral songs for the phenomenal Barbara Hannigan, who will also feature as the enchanting storyteller in our concerts. Brahms’ Second Symphony is a pastoral »symphonic tale«. When Brahms was playing with the idea of following in Bach’s footsteps and becoming the Kantor of the Thomaskirche in Leipzig, his close confidante Elisabeth von Herzogenberg quickly got him to change his mind by writing to him: »What would become of your wonderful summer holidays. Your beloved Pörtschach with its lake, from whose waves d Major symphonies and violin concertos rise, as beautiful as a foam-born goddess!« The symphony she mentions was mostly written in 1877 during a carefree summer holiday on the Wörthersee. Brahms was a great nature lover, using his summer holiday and long walks as a source of inspiration. However, he once called the symphony a »delightful new monster« – but also admitted that it was »so cheerful« it might have been written »especially for a pair of newlyweds«. His friend, the surgeon Theodor Billroth, also enthused: »It’s all blue skies, babbling springs, sunshine and cool, green shade!«

Jakub Hrůša Conductor
Barbara Hannigan Soprano

Hans Abrahamsen »let me tell you«, Liederzyklus für Sopran und Orchester
Johannes Brahms Symphony No. 2 D major op. 73

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