Philharmonie “Late Night” with Simon Rattle and Martin Löhr

13/04/2013
Late Night at the Philharmonie

Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker
Sir Simon Rattle

  • Paul Hindemith
    Ouvertüre zum »Fliegenden Holländer«, wie sie eine schlechte Kurkapelle morgens um 7 am Brunnen vom Blatt spielt for string quartet (00:10:59)

  • Paul Hindemith
    Kammermusik No. 3 (00:21:36)

    Martin Löhr Cello

  • Witold Lutosławski
    Preludes and Fugue for 13 solo strings (00:26:59)

The first glimpse at this programme is sure to elicit a grin: the “Overture to The Flying Dutchman, as sight-read by a second-rate spa ensemble at the fountain at 7 am”. And when you hear this musical party piece by Paul Hindemith, the joke seems boundless: with subtle irony, but also with a thoroughly earthy sense of humour, the composer takes on the cult-like adulation accorded the Bayreuth master. This amusing piece is by no means a parody of Wagner’s music, but rather – as the title suggests – it pokes fun at the arrangement craze of past times as well as at shoddy musicianship, a most rare commodity in the Philharmonie.

Musical surprises – masterminded by Sir Simon Rattle – and high spirits are thus guaranteed in the late hours. Hindemith’s works generally seem a good fit for the Berliner Philharmoniker’s Late Nights: following up Kammermusik No. 1, performed on 15 December 2012, Kammermusik No. 3 is also on this programme. The soloist in what is essentially a little concerto for cello and chamber orchestra will be Philharmonic principal cellist Martin Löhr.

The programme is rounded off by Witold Lutosławski ’s Preludes and Fugue for 13 solo strings – a composition that will prove two things: that modern music can be extremely exciting and that each and every member of the Berliner Philharmoniker has the chops for a solo career.

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