The Junge Deutsche Philharmonie turns forty

The Junge Deutsche Philharmonie turns forty

Junge Deutsche Philharmonie
Lothar Zagrosek

Truls Mørk

  • Claude Debussy
    La Mer

  • Witold Lutosławski
    Cello Concerto

    Truls Mørk Cello

  • José María Sánchez-Verdú
    Alqibla for orchestra

  • Richard Strauss
    Don Juan

Happy birthday, Junge Deutsche Philharmonie! In 1974, ambitious young musicians founded an orchestra that these days self-confidently calls itself “the future orchestra”. Right from the start, only the crème de la crème of young German orchestral players were accepted into the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie. And in that respect nothing has changed! Committed, fresh interpretations at the highest musical level and innovative concert programmes have been and will continue to be the hallmarks of the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie.

The orchestra is celebrating its 40th birthday this year in the Berlin Philharmonie at a concert conducted by outgoing First Guest Conductor and artistic advisor Lothar Zagrosek. There’s more to their programme than meets the eye. The iridescent impressionism of Claude Debussy’s symphonic triptych La Mer will kick things off. The evening continues with Witold Lutosławski’s breathtaking Cello Concerto; Norwegian cellist Truls Mørk will play the solo part. Music of our time is represented by the orchestral piece Alqibla by Spanish composer José María Sánchez-Verdú, born in 1968 – a composition, by the way, that the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie premiered in 2000 in the Berlin Philharmonie, with Zagrosek conducting. The last piece on the programme is a touchstone for any orchestra, but also constitutes an exciting contrast to Debussy’s musical seascape: Richard Strauss’s symphonic poem Don Juan.

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