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Works by Janáček, Barker and Beethoven | Alison Balsom - trumpet, Gürzenich-Orchester Köln, Ilan Volkov - conductor
  • 28.05.2017 Sunday 11:00 h, Kölner Philharmonie Order online
  • 29.05.2017 Monday 20:00 h, Kölner Philharmonie Order online
  • 30.05.2017 Tuesday 20:00 h, Kölner Philharmonie Order online

Leoš Janáček »Taras Bulba« – Rhapsody for orchestra
Guy Barker »The Lanterne of Light« for trumpet and orchestra (2015) German premiere
Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 7 A major (1811–1812)

Alison Balsom trumpet
Gürzenich-Orchester Köln
Ilan Volkov conductor

Beethoven transported listeners into absolute raptures with his Seventh Symphony. Richard Wagner spun a tale about the symphony: “Melody and harmony coalesce as though forming tangible human figures which, first with the clumsy limbs of giants, and then with delicate, elastic suppleness – slender and voluptuous – conclude the round dance almost before our eyes, until in the last stirring of desire a jubilant kiss seals the final embrace” and gave the work its epithet “the apotheosis of the dance.” Wagner continues by saying: “And yet these joyful dancers were merely tonal imitations of human beings portrayed in sound!” But does this make them any less real? In his rhapsody based on a novella by Nikolai Gogol, Leoš Janácek too emphasizes the dramatic potential of music: The work depicts events in the life of the Cossack Taras Bulba, who loses everything but his faith in the battles against his enemies. The German premiere of a new trumpet concerto by English jazz musician and composer Guy Barker, dedicated to the celebrated trumpet soloist Alison Balsom, provides a modern-day counterpoint to the Slavic tale. Her pure sound is victorious in the struggle with demons from the Middle Ages – under the baton of the dauntless and versatile Ilan Volkov, who with this programme makes his debut appearance conducting the Gürzenich Orchestra.