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Sun, Feb. 18, 2024, 11.00 am | Elbphilharmonie, Grand Hall

6th Philharmonic Concert

Kent Nagano

Ludwig van Beethoven: Fantasy for piano, choir and orchestra in C minor op. 80

Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 13 in B-flat minor op. 113 "Babi Yar"

Kent Nagano
Elbenita Kajtazi
Narea Son
Ida Aldrian
Dovlet Nurgeldiyev
Nicholas Mogg
Liam James Karai
Bass: Alexander Vinogradov
Piano: Martin Helmchen
Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg
Damen des Harvestehuder Kammerchors
Estnischer Nationaler Männerchor

Introduction 60 minutes before the start of the event

"When love and strength marry, man's favor with the gods is worthwhile," it says almost incantatory at the end of Ludwig van Beethoven's Fantasy for Piano, Choir and Orchestra. The words of the poet Christoph Kuffner aptly describe what this comparatively unknown work by the Bonn composer is all about: Similar to the later Ninth Symphony, symphonics and song marry. And orchestra, singers and piano enter into a thoroughly new community. Dmitri Shostakovich's 13th Symphony from the early 1960s, whose epithet "Babi Yar" already hints at the historical context: the SS massacre of Jews near Kiev in 1941, is shaped quite differently. With this symphony, Shostakovich finally throws off political shackles and shows himself to be an unflinching artist who unconditionally stands up for humanism and freedom with an uncommonly stirring work. The fact that he combines instrumental music and singing again for the first time since his Third - at least this parallel to Beethoven is then obvious - may not be a coincidence against this background ...
"Everything begins with inhalation! Like life itself."
Fabian Lachenmaier, bassoonist

Venue: Elbphilharmonie, Grand Hall, Platz der Deutschen Einheit 4, 20457 Hamburg
Prices: € 92,00 / 73,00 / 57,00 / 41,00 / 16,00

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