Programme

Gabriela Lena Frank
Three Latin-American Dances

Béla Bartók
Piano Concerto No. 2

Pyotr Tchaikovsky
Symphony No. 4 in F minor

Artists

Elim Chan

  • Pierre-Laurent Aimard – Piano

Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin

About the concert

There is hardly a work by Tchaikovsky that we know as much about as his Fourth Symphony. This is mainly due to the fact that, during its creation, he exchanged numerous letters with Nadeshda von Meck, the wealthy widow of an industrialist. She was an ardent admirer of the composer, whom she supported most generously and as a patroness for many years. From their correspondence we learn that the motif exposed in the opening bars is to be understood as the musical figure of “fatum”, i.e. of fate as that “fatal power that prevents our pursuit of happiness from reaching its goal. That power is overwhelming and invincible.” In explicit reference to Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, however, there is a dramaturgy leading into the light, in which dream and dance sequences play just as much a role before the optimistically ending finale as a scherzo executed in continuous pizzicato – which comes along, as it were, on the tiptoes of the sound.

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Béla Bartók conceived his second contribution to the genre as a “more accommodating” brother to his enormously complex and austere First Piano Concerto. The concept of accommodation, however, hardly fits any composer worse than the always uncompromising Bartók, who, as a determined anti-fascist, never performed in Germany again after the work’s Frankfurt premiere in January 1933. The neo-Classical form, as well as the rhythms that are at once wild and catchy, also had a great effect on the first encounter of the Concerto with the audience. The pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard, who has been associated with the DSO for many years, takes on the horrendously technical and analytical challenges of the solo part this evening. Hong Kong conductor Elim Cham, who made her debut with the orchestra in 2019 and returned as a stand-in for Sir Roger Norrington in 2021, opens the evening with a Dance Suite by the American composer Gabriela Lena Frank in its German premiere.

Broadcast

Sunday, 18.12.2022 | 9.05 pm

Deutschlandfunk
Sun 11 Dec '22

8 pm
19.10 Uhr Einführung mit Habakuk Traber

Philharmonie Berlin

Broadcast

Sunday, 18.12.2022 | 9.05 pm

Deutschlandfunk

Artists

Elim Chan

Elim Chan

Conductor

Pierre-Laurent Aimard

Pierre-Laurent Aimard

Piano

Biography Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin

Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin

Orchestra

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