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Sun, Apr. 07, 2024, 11.00 am | Elbphilharmonie, Grand Hall

8th Philharmonic Concert

Anja Bihlmaier

György Ligeti: "Ramifications" for string orchestra

Alma Maria Mahler: "Seven Songs" for medium voice and orchestra

Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 1 in E minor op. 39

Conductor: Anja Bihlmaier
Mezzo-soprano: Kate Lindsey
Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg

Introduction 60 minutes before the start of the event

As is well known, one should not always believe 100 percent of composers' statements about their own works. However, this quote from György Ligeti, who once taught in Hamburg, is so full of imagery that we don't want to withhold it from you: "Ramifications are, as it were, an end point in the development from 'dense and static' to 'openwork and mobile'. Especially in those areas where the musical fabric is transparent and close-meshed, a whole new kind of 'uncertain' harmony appears, as if the harmonies were 'spoiled' of even temperature or even diatonic. The harmonies have a 'haut goût', decay has entered the music. Ramifications are an example of decadent art." The following seven songs by Alma Maria Mahler, orchestrated by Colin and David Matthews, pay tribute to a woman of the early 20th century too little perceived as an artist and too often only as a (multiple) spouse. And one hears in Kate Lindsey's interpretation: this is far more than a companion piece to Gustav! Finally, conductor Anja Bihlmaier presents music from the far north: No Scandinavian composer has been ascribed more clichés than the Finn Jean Sibelius. First, he created the unofficial anthem of his homeland with his "Finlandia". Secondly, in the course of the 20th century he went his own, that is, not always modern, ways. And third, he soon retired to his lonely country house; henceforth he was often just the "brooding Finn." But his First is courageous, enchantingly expressive, overwhelmingly late Romantic, an important work for music on the threshold from late Romanticism to modernism.
"Life without music is unimaginable."
Brian Barker, Principal Timpanist

Introduction 60 minutes before the start of the event

Venue: Elbphilharmonie, Grand Hall, Platz der Deutschen Einheit 4, 20457 Hamburg
Prices: € 74,00 / 57,00 / 46,00 / 31,00 / 13,00

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