Musical Appeal for Peace and Reconciliation
In view of the war in Ukraine, the SWR Symphonieorchester and its principal conductor Teodor Currentzis have decided to change the programme of their joint concert. Instead of the originally planned works by Marko Nikodijevic and Johannes Brahms, a Ukrainian-German-Russian program with works by Alexander Shchetynsky, Jörg Widmann and Dmitri Shostakovich will now be heard.
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Alexander Shchetynsky and Teodor Currentzis have been friends for many years. And so Currentzis and the musicians of the SWR Symphonieorchester were particularly keen to include a work by Shchetynsky, who is currently still in Kiev, in the programme. Austere simplicity and profound beauty are intertwined in the multi-award-winning composer’s works. Many – including the orchestral piece »Glossolalie« – revolve around spiritual themes. The work refers to the religious practice of »speaking in tongues«, common in early-Christian communities, in which believers utter strange, speech-like sounds in a state of ecstasy. That piece is followed by Jörg Widmann’s Viola Concerto, one of the most exciting solo concertos in recent music history: full of original playing techniques, theatrical interludes and self-irony, the work is performed by star violist Antoine Tamestit, to whom it was dedicated. Teodor Currentzis and his orchestra then bring the concert to a close with a moving finale: Dmitri Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony. Having fallen foul of the Stalinist regime of terror, the composer feared for his life – and so he redeemed himself with the party leadership in 1937 by composing this traditionally structured work. But there are plenty of indications that Shostakovich secretly offered resistance: between the lines of his enigmatic music.
Antoine Tamestit viola
conductor Teodor Currentzis
Glossolalie für Orchester
Konzert für Viola und Orchester
Johann Sebastian Bach
Partita Nr. 2 d-Moll BWV 1004
– Interval –
Sinfonie Nr. 5 d-Moll op. 47
Johann Sebastian Bach
Jesus bleibet meine Freude / aus: Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben BWV 147
Estimated end time
Elbphilharmonie Abo 2