Programme

Edward Elgar
Violin Concerto in B minor

Richard Strauss
›Ein Heldenleben‹

Artists

Robin Ticciati

  • Vilde Frang – Violin

Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin

About the concert

Edward Elgar and Richard Strauss, whose work Music Director Robin Ticciati is performing in this concert with the DSO, met personally at the beginning of the 20th century. Following a performance of the oratorio ‘The Dream of Gerontius’ in Düsseldorf, Strauss raised a toast to the “master” Elgar, whom he described as “the first of the English progressives”. The label of progressiveness probably meant little to Elgar, who held steadfastly to his late Romantic style, but the praise he received from his admired German colleague undoubtedly meant a great deal. His Violin Concerto, which is much less well-known than the Cello Concerto, demands not only virtuosity but also a long creative breath – with a duration of over 50 minutes, it is one of the most extensive contributions of its genre – and a sense for the specific Elgarian combination of magnanimity and melancholy. With the Norwegian violinist Vilde Frang, who is admired for her musical sensitivity as well as for her superior technique, one of the most respected musicians of our time could be won as soloist for the concert.

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If Richard Strauss’ penchant for monumental musical autobiographies – for example in the case of the ‘Sinfonia Domestica’ – caused contemporaries and posterity alike to shake their heads, the tone poem and self-portrayal ‘Ein Heldenleben’ (‘A Hero’s Life’), which premiered in Frankfurt in 1899, was able to quickly establish itself not least due to its self-irony, which is shown to advantage alongside passages of the greatest lyrical intimacy, and has remained in the core repertoire to this day as one of the showpieces of sound-powerful orchestral music. The depiction of the critics provides a humorous highlight, while the conjuring-up of the hero’s “companion” with a brilliant violin solo provides a multifaceted psychological portrait; this refers to his wife Pauline, who was dearly loved by Strauss, but who frightened distinguished house guests like Hugo von Hofmannsthal with her blunt manner and her tomboyish social behaviour. The musical signature of the work is its opening, which the composer, as a recognised master of effective piece beginnings, designed as a theme that is rushing through the octaves.

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Sun 18 Dec '22

8 pm
19.10 Uhr Einführung mit Habakuk Traber

Philharmonie Berlin

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Artists

Biography Robin Ticciati

Robin Ticciati

Conductor

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Vilde Frang

Vilde Frang

Violin

Biography Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin

Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin

Orchestra

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