Xavier de Maistre(c)Gregor Hohenberg

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Aufgrund der Feierlichkeiten zum 11.11. sind am Sonntag Sperrungen und Verkehrsbeeinträchtigungen im Kölner Innenstadtbereich zu erwarten. Das Konzert findet aus diesem Grund erst um 11:15 Uhr statt. Die Türen der Kölner Philharmonie öffnen um 10:00 Uhr.

Bitte beachten Sie auch, dass die Konzertpause bereits nach der Aufführung von Tschaikowsky stattfindet.

Symphony concert 3

Works of Tschaikowsky, Glière and Skrjabin
  • 11.11.2018 Sunday 11:15 h, Kölner Philharmonie
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  • 12.11.2018 Monday 20:00 h, Kölner Philharmonie
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  • 13.11.2018 Tuesday 20:00 h, Kölner Philharmonie
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Peter Tschaikowsky Serenade C major op. 48 for string orchestra (1880)
Reinhold Glière Concerto for harp and orchestra op. 74 (1938)
Alexander Skrjabin »Poème de l'extase« op. 54 for grand orchestra (1905-07)

Xavier de Maistre Harp
WDR Rundfunkchor
Robert Blank Rehearsal
Gürzenich-Orchester Köln
Dmitrij Kitajenko Conductor

Good music was not enough for him: Alexander Scriabin wanted to set people free and redeem mankind with his music. Scriabin’s ecstatic »tone poem« leads the romantic symphony orchestra to new frontiers, causing the whole universe to resonate. »And thus the universe resounds / With a joyful cry / I am!« are the final lines of the poem on which the piece is based. At this concert, a sung ending will be performed for the first time in Cologne with the voices of the WDR Rundfunkchor, a culmination that will crown Scriabin’s audacious flight of the soul with an orgiastic end. At the same time, the programme traces the connections between Russian and European music culture. Peter Tchaikovsky, for instance, was considered a »Westerner« in his day and was treated with hostility by Russian patriots. His Serenade for Stringsis suffused in Italian passion and German melodiousness – and yet is unmistakeably Tchaikovsky. Despite his name, Reinhold Glière was not a Frenchman, but rather the son of a Saxon. His harp concerto looks back in late Romantic style to a bygone era – and that at a time when atonality and neoclassicism were all the rage in many places and visionaries like Scriabin had pushed the boundaries of perception of the world.