Elbphilharmonie Hamburg Großer Saal

CANCELLED: NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester / Alan Gilbert

The programme for this event has had to be changed as a result of the coronavirus situation

Between idyll and abyss

Concerts at the Elbphilharmonie and Laeiszhalle are currently subject to coronavirus-related restrictions. This event is therefore going ahead with an amended programme and reduced seating capacity. There will be two concerts on 17 December 2020 at 18:30 and 21:00.

The concert was part of the »NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra Subscription E«. We will be in touch directly with subscribers to notify them of all alternative options.

»I've never seen anything as wonderful as the sun rising into the golden mist over our hills«, wrote Edward Elgar from his country house in Sussex in November 1918. But his private life towards the end of the First World War was anything but sunny. The composer wrote out the main theme of his Cello Concerto, for example, after a painful operation. And yet, someone listening to the first movement's sweeping melody rising up from misty, overcast sounds into a full orchestral tutti may find himself reminded of the composer's vivid description of an idyllic autumn landscape. The emotional ambivalence and depth of the last major work written by England's national composer is without a doubt one reason why the Cello Concerto remains a firm repertoire favourite to this day.

The same can be said about Gustav Mahler's Fourth Symphony. The composer himself described the tone of the work, which alternates between nostalgic naivety and cryptic grotesque, thus: »It contains the serenity of a higher and alien world that holds something eerie and terrible for us. In the last movement the child explains how everything is meant«.

For tonight's concert combining the two works, Mahler enthusiast Alan Gilbert brings in two top soloists: French star cellist Gautier Capuçon and the soprano Anna Prohaska, who is much in demand on the international opera and concert scene.

Performers

NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester

Anna Prohaska soprano

Gautier Capuçon violoncello

conductor Alan Gilbert

Programme

Edward Elgar
Konzert für Violoncello und Orchester e-Moll op. 85

Gustav Mahler
Sinfonie Nr. 4 G-Dur für großes Orchester und Sopran

CANCELLED: Einführung
19:00 / Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Großer Saal

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