Four symphonie, six concerts ...

In the scope of the ‘Brahms Perspectives’ festival, Robin Ticciati and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin will explore the four symphonies composed by Johannes Brahms from 16 to 23 February 2019. The DSO’s Music Director  will present them in unusual programme combinations and with renowned soloists. In addition, an ensemble concert, a chamber concert, pre-concert talks with Brahms experts and a musical reading span a broad associative spectrum through which the composer and his work can be experienced in a whole new way.

Playing with Perspectives
Foto: Fabian Frinzel & Ayzit Bostan

The festival explores Brahms’s symphonies from a range of perspectives: in the interplay with orchestral instrumentation – from the smaller instrumental group from the Meininger Hofkapelle premiere of the First to the larger group in the Fourth Symphony. In his development from a concentrated sound – just choir, solo cello and solo piano – to an expansive, refined orchestral sound. In an encounter with Schumann and Wagner, reverting to Bach and Schütz, from the French field of vision with Debussy and Dutilleux. With a cohort of soloists around the pianists Igor Levit and Kristian Bezuidenhout, the cellist Nicolas Altstaedt, the sopranos Dorothea Röschmann and Rachel Harnisch and with the RIAS Kammerchor.

Through variants of the orchestral sound and an ingenious programme dramaturgy, Robin Ticciati emphasises the composer’s many-sidedness and mutability – historically aware as well as forward-looking, with autobiographical and folkloric moments in his music, and driven by a high artistic ambition.

»Perspectives develop when you become aware of historical lines – lines that lead to Brahms and that emanate from him.«

Robin Ticciati
Supporting Programme

The four symphonic concerts will be complemented by a rich supporting programme. Two accompanying concerts, an ensemble and a chamber concert, trace their perspectives in an experimental and delicate way. To open the festival, musicians of the DSO jointly with members of the STEGREIF.orchester and the junge norddeutsche philharmonie will approach the composer’s Third Symphony in the Ehemaliges Stummfilmkino Delphi in the sound performance #freebrahms Special Edition, including improvisation, choreography, chamber music, jazz, world music and techno. An ensemble consisting of members of the DSO and cellist Nicolas Altstaedt will perform, , Brahms’s string quintet in G major in the Wilhelm-von-Humboldt-Saal of the State Library on Unter den Linden, contrasting it with works by Dvořák and Martinů.

Foto: Monica Menez
Pre-Concert Talks

In the scope of the pre-concert talks before the four symphony concerts in the Philharmonie, Berlin author and musicologist Habakuk Traber will engage in dialogue with competent conversational partners: on the first evening, Robin Ticciati will explain his idea and the main lines of the festival; on the second and third, the Brahms experts Dr. Jan Brachmann and Dr. Martin Ennis are the guests. On the fourth evening, composer Aribert Reimann will present his new work ‘Fragments de Rilke’ which is being premiered that evening.

Literary and Musical Finale

EThe last festival concert on 23 February will be followed by a literary and musical finale, an opportunity for the ‘Brahms Perspectives’ to linger on. Actors Corinna Harfouch and Tom Schilling will read excerpts from the correspondence between Johannes Brahms and Clara Schumann, alternating with Kristian Bezuidenhout, who will perform piano pieces by the composer.

»I'd like to play with the size of the orchestra and the 'Brahms sound' as well ...«

Robin Ticciati

Brahms Package

The festival’s four symphony concerts are available as a Brahms package at a preferential price.

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BrahmsPlus

Holders of a Brahms package have the possibility to add tickets for the festival’s ensemble and chamber concerts to their booking at a reduced price.

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WED 20.02. | chamber concert: BrahmsPlus price and AboPlus price 15 € | individual ticket 22 € | saving 7 €

›Brahms Perspectives‹ – the festival concerts