Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra / Nils Mönkemeyer / Kent Nagano
The Russian composer Vladimir Tarnopolski is certainly no stranger to contemporary music. His works have been performed at many major festivals over recent decades. He has received various prizes and released many of his works on CD. As a professor of composition at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory, he has also passed on his knowledge to a whole generation of young composers. »Im Dunkel vor der Dämmerung« (»In the Dark before Dawn«) is the title of a new work commissioned by the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra and premiered in this concert.
»Sinfonia Eroica« was the title Ludwig van Beethoven gave his third symphony in 1804, a »heroic symphony composed to celebrate the memory of a great man«. Whether or not this »great man« was to be little Napoleon? At first it was, in all likelihood. But Beethoven probably decided to leave out any corresponding dedication, since the Corsican’s personal coronation as emperor was, in the composer’s eyes, a bitter betrayal of the republican ideas of the French Enlightenment. Was Beethoven himself perhaps the hero? An innovator in the context of music history? Whatever the answer, he certainly breaks new ground with his »Eroica«.
Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg orchestra
Andreas Ottensamer clarinet
Nils Mönkemeyer viola
Edicson Ruiz double bass
Kent Nagano conductor
Im Dunkel vor der Dämmerung for Clarinet, Viola, Double Bass and Orchestra (world premiere)
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Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, Op. 55 »Eroica«
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