“Once upon a time…” The opening words of stories we fondly remember from childhood. Stories which also inspired composers of all ages to tell tales in music – from simple, straightforward settings of well known stories, to inner monologues which record personal experiences, and in which music expresses what words cannot convey.
That is what we want to convey to you this season. Our Orchestra speaks with many voices, in many languages and very eloquently – its repertoire stretches from Abrahamsen via Bach and Chopin to Weber, from the Baroque to the 21st century, from Armenia to America. A very special symphonic story is Smetana’s epic cyle “Má vlast”: as well as being Jakub Hrůša’s “calling card”, it lies at the heart of the Bamberg Symphony’s repertoire, alongside Mahler, Dvořák, Brahms and Bruckner. We will perform it in cities from Baden-Baden, via Innsbruck and Hamburg, to Lugano, Prague and Zurich (and at London’s Proms).
As our Portrait Artist, we look forward to welcoming Martin Fröst: not only does he perform on the clarinet, he is also a great story-teller, dreaming up entire themed programmes which break the mould of traditional concert ritual and think outside the box.
A good number of our Orchestra’s concerts, both symphonic and chamber music, centre on a composer who is considered the embodiment of the Romantic, and whose works often refer to fairy tales, poems and other literature: Robert Schumann. His compositions symbolize an imagination open to the surreal, romantic yearning which takes you beyond reality.
Let yourself be drawn in by your own imagination, open yourself to symphonic stories from many centuries, and give your curiosity free rein in a fairytale (alternative: poetic) season with our Orchestra, whose own past reads like a story, and whose 230-year old Bohemian musical tradition you can still hear!
We look forward to seeing you!
Marcus Rudolf Axt
Please find our season brochure here.