Sun, Jun. 12, 2022, 11.00 am | Elbphilharmonie, Grand Hall
Arnold Schoenberg: “Pelleas und Melisande” Symphonic Poem Op. 5
Camille Saint-Saëns: Danse Macabre Op. 40
Maurice Ravel: Tzigane – Concert Phantasy for Violin and Orchestra
Maurice Ravel: La Valse – Choreographic Poem for Orchestra
The conductor Frank Beermann has distinguished himself internationally both on the concert platform and through his many CD recordings.
His insatiable curiosity for new, undiscovered repertoire and interest in re-interpretation of core repertoire have won him numerous awards and prizes.
A core component of the conductor's repertoire are the works of Richard Wagner. His interpretations of Tristan and Isolde, Tannhäuser, Lohengrin and the “Ring des Nibelungen” in the Minden Wagner project were rapturously received by local and international press alike.
Writing in the magazine Crescendo’s special 2015 Echo Klassik Awards edition, Eleonore Büning wrote: ”Frank Beermann is one of the best Wagner conductors of our time”.
His CD recordings, encompassing as much standard repertoire as they do rediscovered and contemporary works, have received multiple awards, most notably the Echo Klassik in 2009 and 2015.
Frank Beermann has in recent years devoted himself more intently to the great symphonic works of Richard Strauss, Gustav Mahler and in particular Anton Bruckner.
Over the past 10 years, he has conducted full cycles of the symphonic works by Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, Schumann, Mahler (except the 8th symphony) and Strauss, as well as the complete Mozart piano concertos with Matthias Kirschnereit and the
Bamberg Symphony Orchestra; he is currently working on the complete Mozart Symphonies in a new concert series for the Hamm Klassiksommer, with performances spread out over several years.
From 2007 to 2016, Frank Beermann was Generalmusikdirektor of the Theater Chemnitz and Principal conductor of the Robert-Schumann-Philharmonie.
Recent national and international engagements have included his debuts with the Athens National Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra London and the Staatstheater Stuttgart.
He just had his debut at Theatre du Capitole in Toulouse, where he conducted with great success the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse in a new production of Wagners Parsifal.
The Philharmonic State Orchestra is Hamburg’s largest and oldest orchestra, looking back on many years of musical history. When the “Philharmonic Orchestra” and the “Orchestra of the Hamburg Municipal Theatre” merged in 1934, two tradition-steeped orchestras combined. Philharmonic concerts have been performed in Hamburg since 1828, artists such as Clara Schumann, Franz Liszt and Johannes Brahms being regular guests of the Philharmonic Society. The history of the opera company goes back even further: Hamburg has been home to musical theatre since 1678, even if a regular opera or theatre orchestra was only formed later. To this day, the Philharmonic State Orchestra has embodied the sound of the Hansa City, a concert and opera orchestra in one.
During its long history, the orchestra encountered great artist personalities. Apart from composers of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, such as Telemann, Tchaikovsky, Strauss, Mahler, Prokofiev and Stravinsky, since the 20th century chief conductors such as Karl Muck, Joseph Keilberth, Eugen Jochum, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Horst Stein, Aldo Ceccato, Christoph von Dohnányi, Gerd Albrecht, Ingo Metzmacher and Simone Young have shaped the orchestra’s sound. Renowned conductors of the pre-war era such as Otto Klemperer, Wilhelm Furtwängler, Bruno Walter, Karl Böhm and Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt gave brilliant performances, as did outstanding conductors of our times: suffice it to mention Christian Thielemann, Semyon Bychkov, Kirill Petrenko, Sir Neville Marriner, Valery Gergiev and Sir Roger Norrington.
Starting with the 2015/2016 season, Kent Nagano has taken on the position of Hamburg’s General Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Philharmonic State Orchestra and the Hamburg State Opera. In his first season Kent Nagano initiated a new project, the Philharmonic Academy, focusing on experimentation and chamber music. In 2016 Nagano and the Philharmonic undertook a successful three-week concert tour in South America, a tour of Spain followed in 2019. Since 2017 Kent Nagano and the Philharmonic State Orchestra have continued the traditional Philharmonic Concerts at the new Elbphilharmonie, for which they commissioned Jörg Widmann to compose the oratorio ARCHE, which was given its world premiere during the hall’s opening festivities. The concert recording has been released at ECM.
The Philharmonic State Orchestra offers approximately 35 concerts per season and performs more than 240 performances per year at the Hamburg State Opera and the Hamburg Ballet John Neumeier, making it Hamburg’s busiest orchestra. The stylistic bandwidth covered by the 140 musicians, ranging from historically informed performance practice to contemporary works and including concert, opera and ballet repertoire, is unique throughout Germany. Chamber Music has a long tradition at the Philharmonic State Orchestra: what began in 1929 with a concert series for chamber orchestra has been continued since 1968 by a series of chamber music only.
In 2008 Simone Young and the Philharmonic State Orchestra won the Brahms Award of the Schleswig-Holstein Brahms Society. The orchestra has recorded the complete Ring by Wagner as well as the complete symphonies of Johannes Brahms and Anton Bruckner – the latter in the rarely-performed original versions – as well as works by Mahler, Hindemith and Berg, and has released DVDs of opera and ballet productions by Hosokawa, Offenbach, Reimann, Auerbach, J.S. Bach, Puccini, Poulenc and Weber.
The members of the Philharmonic State Orchestra feel equally beholden to Hamburg’s musical tradition and responsible for the city’s artistic future. Since 1978 the musicians have been participating in education programmes in Hamburg’s schools. Today, the orchestra maintains a broad education programme, including school and kindergarten visits, patronage for music projects, introductory events for children and family concerts. The orchestra’s own academy prepares young musicians for their professional careers. The Philharmonic’s musicians thereby make an equally enjoyable and valuable contribution to tomorrow’s music education in the music metropolis of Hamburg.
“Zig, zig, zag / Death knocks, shrieking / At midnight Death plays a dance / on his violin, zig and zig and zag” – originally, Camille Saint-Saëns planned to set these verses by Henri Cazalis to music, creating a first draft of “Danse macabre” Op. 40 for voice and piano. Later, he reworked it into a symphonic poem: the “Dance of Death” is led by violin, with the orchestra imitating the rattling of bones and ghostly confusion. Somewhere in this macabre scene, however, the breath of life is felt. This impressionistic journey from symbolist stories such as “Pelléas et Mélisande” to flamboyant gypsy songs and Parisian waltzes is led by conductor Frank Beermann.
60 minutes before the concert, there will be a pre-concert talk (in german) by Janina Zell.
Venue: Elbphilharmonie, Grand Hall, Platz der Deutschen Einheit 4, 20457 Hamburg
Prices: € 65,00 / 52,00 / 41,00 / 28,00 / 12,00
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