»Time’s Echo« / Discussion concert

Alan Gilbert in conversation with the author Jeremy Eichler

Alan Gilbert
Alan Gilbert © Marco Borggreve / NDR

Music as cultural memory

How do societies remember? With history books, archives – and music! In his recently published book »Time’s Echo«, the American author and music critic Jeremy Eichler (»The Boston Globe«) explores how composers such as Richard Strauss, Arnold Schönberg and Dmitri Shostakovich experienced the Second World War and later processed those experiences in moving works. In conversation with Alan Gilbert, the chief conductor of the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, Eichler talks about his passionate account of the power of music as cultural memory. Members of the orchestra perform the – thematically apt – string septet version of Strauss’s famous »Metamorphosen«, which the composer wrote in response to the destruction of his home city, Munich.

Please note: the conversation will take place in English.


Alan Gilbert talk and violin

Jeremy Eichler talk

Julius Beck violin

Jan Larsen viola

Aline Saniter viola

Phillip Wentrup violoncello

Katharina Kühl violoncello

Michael Rieber double bass


»Time’s Echo«
Talk with Alan Gilbert and author Jeremy Eichler

Richard Strauss
Metamorphosen / adaptation for septet


Hamburg International Music Festival

Promoter: HamburgMusik / NDR

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