Ensemble Resonanz / Véronique Gens / Riccardo Minasi

Works by Pietro Locatelli, Hector Berlioz and Johannes Brahms

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Véronique Gens
Véronique Gens © Jean-Baptiste Millot
Riccardo Minasi
Riccardo Minasi © Jann Wilken
Ensemble Resonanz
Ensemble Resonanz © Tobias Schult


With his Fourth Symphony, Brahms left posterity an orchestral monolith, austere and monumental, the sum of his ability as a composer and an expression of radical tradition. In this concert, Brahms’s legacy is juxtaposed with dramatic atmosphere from Locatelli and with Berlioz’s unique piece about the death of Cleopatra, with soprano and Berlioz specialist Véronique Gens in the title role.

In this programme the Hamburg-based Ensemble Resonanz combines three composers who broke rules and set standards: Pietro Antonio Locatelli, sometimes regarded as the Paganini of the 18th century, was a lover of effects and dramatic atmosphere taken from the wunderkammer of Baroque instrumental music. Hector Berlioz submitted his bold cantata about the death of Cleopatra for the Prix de Rome, but it was rejected as being too daring.

The Symphony No. 4 in E minor is the last symphony from the pen of Johannes Brahms, the sum of his own resources as a composer, and of the entire history of Western composition. Picking up where Bach and Beethoven left off, Brahms recycles material from music history, combining tradition with ideas that are thoroughly innovative. Everything flows here from the outset; the music is a fabric where everything is in motion; all certainty is lost: the Fourth is a complex work that breaks through all manner of formal boundaries.


Ensemble Resonanz

Véronique Gens soprano

conductor Riccardo Minasi


Pietro Locatelli
Sinfonia composta per l’esequie della sua donna che si celebrarono in Roma f-Moll für 2 Violinen, Viola und Basso continuo

Hector Berlioz
La mort de Cléopâtre / Scène lyrique für Sopran und Orchester

– Interval –

Johannes Brahms
Sinfonie Nr. 4 e-Moll op. 98



Promoter: Ensemble Resonanz

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