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Marcus Rudolf Axt
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Dear music-lovers,

appassionato, furioso, patetico, ... the vocabulary of music is rich in terms for our new season’s theme: passion. We’ll be discovering and revisiting composers who turned their ideas into passionate music. We’ll hear works spanning four centuries, from Haydn’s Symphony »La Passione« to the world premiere of »Das heiße Herz«, a song-cycle written by Jörg Widmann for our Portrait Artist this year, Christian Gerhaher – an exceptional singer par excellence!

As well as passion, the idea of belief has also inspired our concert season. Belief can be open, it can plumb the depths and reach for heaven, as expressed by Johann Sebastian Bach in the music of the »St. John Passion« – and at the same time it is always profoundly passionate, an affair of the heart. But belief can also be concealed: lurking in our programmes over the coming months are works which quote Bach or refer to him, or whose theme is belief itself. They trace a line from Beethoven and Mendelssohn, in the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, through Bruckner and Mahler, all the way to Olivier Messiaen and Arvo Pärt. After all, Mauricio Kagel put it perfectly: »Not all musicians believe in God – but all believe in Bach.« In March we’ve a »Long Bach Night« to celebrate Bach’s 333rd birthday!

Finally: where do people believe in music’s passion unreservedly, against all reason? – in opera. Our Orchestra has already demonstrated several times that it can present operas in captivating concert performances, allowing them to be heard in full detail. This year we tackle the »opera to end all operas«, the pièce de resistance of the Prague orchestra which in 1946, in the aftermath of war, found itself in Bamberg: Mozart’s »Don Giovanni«, with Christian Gerhaher in the title role, will be performed in our concert hall, Bavaria’s finest, and in Hamburg’s newly opened Elbphilharmonie.

Also threaded through our concert season are arias, overtures and suites from a great variety of operas, all bursting with passion – Wagner’s Tristan and Parsifal, Strauss's Salome and Rosenkavalier, Dvořák, Glinka, Janáček and Rimsky-Korsakov are all on the bill.

We look forward to evenings of passionate music-making with our Principal Conductor Jakub Hrůša, Honorary Conductors Herbert Blomstedt and Christoph Eschenbach, and an international array of guest artists. You too will be inspired, entertained and excited by this musical cornucopia of passion and hidden depths – so please enjoy this very special season with us!

Marcus Rudolf Axt
Chief Executive

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Please find our season brochure here.