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.
Véronique Gens soprano
conductor Riccardo Minasi
Sinfonia composta per l’esequie della sua donna che si celebrarono in Roma f-Moll für 2 Violinen, Viola und Basso continuo
La mort de Cléopâtre / Scène lyrique für Sopran und Orchester
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Sinfonie Nr. 4 e-Moll op. 98
Promoter: Ensemble Resonanz