Stanisław Skrowaczewski conducts Bruckner

Stanisław Skrowaczewski conducts Bruckner

28/05/2011

Berliner Philharmoniker
Stanisław Skrowaczewski

Matthias Goerne

  • Karl Amadeus Hartmann
    Song Scene for baritone and orchestra on a text from Sodom and Gomorrah by Jean Giraudoux (00:30:00)

    Matthias Goerne Baritone

  • Anton Bruckner
    Symphony No. 3 in D minor (1889 version) (01:07:50)

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    Stanisław Skrowaczewski – a life in music (00:20:36)

Stanisław Skrowaczewski is one of the grand seigneurs of Bruckner interpretation. Just in March this year, the Bruckner Society of America awarded the Polish conductor an honorary prize for his "exemplary work in furthering the understanding and appreciation of the life and work of Anton Bruckner". It was in particular his recording of the composer's complete symphonies that created a sensation, winning a Cannes Classical Award in 2002. Now, Skrowaczewski performs Bruckner's Third Symphony with the Berliner Philharmoniker.

The Third Symphony is the first where Bruckner's unmistakable musical language fully blossoms. The work also demonstrates his special relationship to Wagner. Bruckner visited Wagner in September 1873, offering to dedicate either his Second or Third Symphony to him. It turned out to be a very convivial meeting and the beer flowed freely. So much so that on his return home, Bruckner realised to his horror that he could not remember which of the symphonies the master had chosen. An exchange of letters clarified the situation: Wagner had chosen the Third, something which was no great surprise, as Bruckner had incorporated diverse Wagner quotes in the work. Bruckner continued to revise the piece over the next sixteen years, eliminating all echoes of his role model by the final version. By then, he no longer needed Wagner as his reference - he knew what he himself was capable of.

The concert opens with Karl Amadeus Hartmann's poignant and declamatory Gesangsszene for baritone, based on a text by Jean Giraudoux. The work, which moves between opera and symphony, vividly portrays a world doomed to destruction in spite of, or even because of, its ingenuity and its ambition. The soloist, a regular guest of the Berliner Philharmoniker, is Matthias Goerne, a singer who brings with him the necessary vocal and dramatic skills required for the scene.

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