For its season opening concert, the Bamberg Symphony brings together the maestro Jakub Hrůša and the violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann in a program of masterpieces by Wagner, Martinů, and Brahms.
“We feel as though we were lifted off the earth… We experience the extraordinary pleasure that circulates in high places; it seems as though we have an immense horizon before us …” wrote Baudelaire about the Prelude to Wagner’s opera Lohengrin, which opens the concert in a Grail-themed mystical atmosphere. Next, the violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann joins the Symphoniker on stage to perform Martinů’s Violin Concerto No. 2 in G Minor (on his Stradivarius violin!). Very lyrical, this work was composed in 1943 during Bohuslav Martinů’s period of exile in New York. Described as “Beethoven’s 10th” and considered a work that marked the return of the classical symphony, Brahms’s First Symphony rounds off the program.
Photo: Jakub Hrůša © Andreas Herzau
The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen
Kent Nagano, Nikolaus Lehnhoff – Tom Fox (Friedrich von Telramund), Klaus Florian Vogt (Lohengrin) – Festspielhaus Baden-Baden
Brahms' Symphony No. 2