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Sun, Feb. 06, 2022, 11.00 am | Elbphilharmonie, Grand Hall

6th Philharmonic Concert

Kent Nagano

Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 13 in B-flat-minor Op. 113 “Babi Yar”

Ludwig van Beethoven: Phantasy for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra in C-minor Op. 80

Conductor: Kent Nagano
Bass: Alexander Vinogradov
Piano: Till Fellner
Estnischer Nationaler Männerchor RAM
Women of: Harvestehuder Kammerchor
Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg

The “little Ninth“ – thus one name for Beethoven’s “Choral Fantasy”, comparing it to its more famous sibling written 16 years later. There are not only musical parallels with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, but also in subject matter: Christoph Kuffner’s verse is also about the enchantment of art, joy and fraternity. Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 13, on the other hand, is a polar opposite in many ways: it is known as “Babi Yar” after the eponymous gorge near Kiev where German units committed the single largest massacre of Ukrainian Jewish families of World War II in 1941. Yevgeny Yevtushenko dedicated a rousing poem to this event in 1961, which Shostakovich set to music as the Soviet government decided to eliminate all traces of the massacre. This, once again, brought the composer into conflict with the authorities.

Pre-Concert talk
60 minutes before the concert, dramaturge Savina Kationi will give a pre-concert talk (in german).

Venue: Elbphilharmonie, Grand Hall, Platz der Deutschen Einheit 4, 20457 Hamburg
Prices: € 83,00 / 65,00 / 51,00 / 36,00 / 14,00

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