Lionel Bringuier (c) Simon Pauly

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SPIRIT WORLDS | Works of Dukas, Saint-Saëns and Tschaikowsky
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Paul Dukas »The Sorcerer's Apprentice« (1897)
Camille Saint-Saëns Violin concerto no. 3 B minor (1880)
Peter Iljitsch Tschaikowsky Symphony no. 6 B minor »Pathétique« (1893)

Emmanuel Tjeknavorian Violin
Gürzenich-Orchester Köln
Lionel Bringuier Conductor

“Gone’s for once the old magician! All his ghosts must do my bidding.” Defiantly, the inexperienced sorcerer’s apprentice in Goethe’s famous ballad casts a spell on his broom, ascribes it two legs and a head, so that it will fetch pails of bathwater for his master. But the spirits that he conjured up do not obey – neither in the ballad nor in Paul Dukas’s brilliant orchestral score. That one’s own thoughts can have inconceivably great power was something Peter Tchaikovsky was also acutely aware of. He added “the spirits I called” to his last symphony, a reference to his homosexuality, which throughout his life he never acted upon. There is no redemption at the end of his symphony, however, but rather deepest mourning. A musical premonition of his own death only a few days after the premiere? Conductor Lionel Bringuier will return to conduct the Gürzenich Orchestra, embarking on a searching investigation with the “Pathétique”, while Emmanuel Tjeknavorian will cause his violin to smoulder in Camille Saint-Saëns’s 3rd Violin Concerto.