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Sun, Oct. 08, 2023, 11.00 am | Elbphilharmonie, Grand Hall

2nd Philharmonic Concert

Kent Nagano

Ludwig van Beethoven: "Heiliger Dankgesang eines Genesenen an die Gottheit" from String Quartet No. 15 in A minor op. 132 (arranged for string orchestra by David Robert Coleman)

Helen Grime: "River" (world premiere) Commissioned work of the Philharmonic State Orchestra and the Orchestre de Paris

George Benjamin: "Sudden Time" for large orchestra

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 2 in D major op. 36

Kent Nagano
Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg

Introduction 60 minutes before the start of the event

"After having overcome a severe flu, I was very touched by Beethoven's String Quartet. The music hit exactly what I was feeling: great peace, gratitude and the comforting feeling 'now everything is good,'" says Philharmonic violist Stefanie Frieß.
Beethoven would like to hear the "holy song of thanksgiving of a convalescent" from one of his late string quartets performed with "the most heartfelt feeling" - and that is how he would like this concert to open. Beethoven will also conclude this program with his Second Symphony: with gentle cantilenas and sensitive turns as well as irrepressible urges and pulsating striving towards the future, this work may once again unleash the symphonic genius of this exceptional artist. In this concert, the 200-year-old modernity of Beethoven's tonal language meets British music of our present: George Benjamin's "Sudden Time" from 1993, whose starting point was the natural experience of a thunderclap between dream and reality. And a world premiere by the Scottish composer Helen Grime entitled "River", commissioned by the Philharmonic State Orchestra.

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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