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Saturday 27. Apr. 2019, 8.00 pm | Elbphilharmonie, Großer Saal

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Hamburg International Music Festival - Opening Concert

Kent Nagano

György Ligeti: Requiem

Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 2 "Resurrection"

Conductor: Kent Nagano
Soprano: Sarah Wegener
Alto: Gerhild Romberger
Arnold Schoenberg Chor Wien
Staatschor Latvija
Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg

Death – one of life’s great themes! Ever-present, even when we fail to sense it. A religious approach is unnecessary to question ourselves, and to ask the grand question: “What is this life – and this death?” Ligeti’s Requiem, which is based on the Catholic liturgy, was written between 1963 and 1965, soon after his epoch-making work Atmosphères. “My Requiem is not liturgical. I am not Catholic, I am of Jewish extraction, but am not a member of any religion. I used the text of the Requiem because of its imagery of fear, the fear of death and the end of the world.” The poetic power of his music brings Gustav Mahler’s work to mind. In the finale of his Symphony No. 2, Mahler had an apocalyptic vision of the Last Judgment. However, to him it meant not the end of the world, but rather an appeal to rise again to life’s challenges, and thus also face this existential question: “What is this life – and this death? Do we have an existence beyond it? Is all this only a confused dream, or do life and this death have a meaning?” (Gustav Mahler)

Opening Concert of the Hamburg International Music Festival

Venue: Elbphilharmonie, Großer Saal, Platz der Deutschen Einheit 4, 20457 Hamburg
Prices: € 99,00 / 80,00 / 63,00 / 47,00 / 18,00

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