Alan Gilbert, Daniel Müller-Schott and Magnus Lindberg

01/02/2014

Berliner Philharmoniker
Alan Gilbert

Daniel Müller-Schott, Magnus Lindberg

  • Antonín Dvořák
    Cello Concerto in B minor (00:48:36)

    Daniel Müller-Schott Cello

  • Maurice Ravel
    Pièce en forme de Habanera (00:04:20)

    Daniel Müller-Schott Cello

  • Magnus Lindberg
    "Kraft" for clarinet, percussion, piano, cello and orchestra (00:44:36)

    Simon Rössler Percussion, Wieland Welzel Percussion, Andreas Ottensamer Clarinet, Bruno Delepelaire Cello, Juhani Liimatainen Live Electronics

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    Alan Gilbert and Magnus Lindberg in conversation with Sarah Willis (00:18:46)

In his second concert with the Berliner Philharmoniker this season the American conductor Alan Gilbert will encounter the German cellist Daniel Müller-Schott. The centre of the encounter of the two musicians is formed by three performances of Antonín Dvořák’s cello concerto. Because of its symphonic structures and enormous technical demands, the work constitutes not only a milestone in the solo literature for cello but also a touchstone for any virtuoso on the instrument.

The orchestral composition Kraft by Magnus Lindberg, composed in Berlin in the mid-1980’s, is spectacular in an entirely different way. The piece was inspired by the Berlin punk scene, which Lindberg followed with great interest and whose colossal energy and unusual sound experiments fascinated him. “I was shocked by this music, but also a bit jealous of its force, and I asked myself whether one couldn’t achieve something similar with the resources of a classical orchestra,” Lindberg admitted.

What resulted is an exceptional work which, according to Alan Gilbert, one of the most adept conductors of Kraft, has true event character – not least because as desired by the composer (who will be playing the piano part himself at the concerts) the large orchestra making use of unusual sound sources performs distributed throughout the hall. And given its unique architecture the Berlin Philharmonie is predestined for such concepts ...