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Wednesday 27th June, 18:00
Holy Song of Thanksgiving (Heiliger Dankgesang). Here we encounter Beethoven at the summit of Parnassus. Intensely personal and coolly objective, unequivocally German but widely universal, boundlessly spontaneous but executed with formal mastery. Unprecedented and modern in its time, to say the least. And modern at all times. In this long movement it’s the convalescent giving thanks for his life having returned to him following the illness he thought was going to be terminal. Contemplative music that is interrupted by cascading episodes: Neue Kraft fühlend.
In the first part of the concert we’ll be meeting some true masters of their instruments, Håkan Hardenberger and Colin Currie, with music from our own time. Tobias Broström, based in Malmö like Hardenberger, is currently very much in the wind, with countless commissions. Dream Variations, in three movements, are variations over a tonal line from the second movement of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10. In Broström’s version this becomes euphonious modern impressionism.
Takemitsu also has impressionistic features, a unique French scent mingled with Japanese aromas. ´Paths´ was written for Håkan, in memory of the great Polish composer Witold Lutoslawski. Brett Dean’s work is inspired by Shakespeare’s Hamlet, so here it’s all about misdeeds and overwhelming indecision.