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Sep 16, 2014

JUKKA-PEKKA AND THE WDR SYMPHONY AT THE BERLINER FESTSPIELE


 
17 September 2014
 
Jukka-Pekka and the WDR Symphony are in Berlin to perform a programme of Rihm and Schubert at the Philharmonie on 17 September.

They will perform Wolfgang Rihm’s Transitus, which had its German premiere at the Cologne Philharmonie on 5 September as part of the WDR Symphony’s 2014-15 season opening concerts, conducted by Jukka-Pekka. The world premiere of another Rihm piece will follow – a Triple Concerto performed by the Trio Jean Paul – a joint collaboration between the Trio with the WDR Symphony Cologne, the Dallas Symphony and the Tonhalle Orchester Zurich. The programme will close with Schubert’s Eight Symphony.

Reflecting on the programme, Jukka-Pekka comments:

“Both Transitus and this Schubert symphony suggest the experience of being on the way to somewhere. In both these pieces it is the tension in the harmony which provides the element that seems to move us towards some destination.

They are also related in that they both move backwards and forwards in their thinking. In Transitus we can hear the similarities to both Mahler and Strauss and similarly, the Schubert communicates with previous masters such as Mozart and Beethoven. The symphony provides the model for an expanded symphonic form, which almost relates to music that came later, such as Bruckner.

The Triple Concerto is very organic in the way the Trio emerges from the orchestra. It communicates very clearly with the orchestra in terms of its colours and instruments. It’s a very melodic work as well, with clear themes and clear rhythmical patterns. It shows another side of Wolfgang Rihm: coming from the extreme energy of Transitus to the the intimacy of chamber music shown in this Triple Concerto.”

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