Christian Tetzlaff and the Orchestra Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker

25 Jan 2015

Karajan Academy

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 3 in G major, K. 216 (24 min.)

  • Arnold Schoenberg
    Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night), op. 4 (version for string orchestra) (32 min.)

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Rondo for violin and orchestra in C major, K 373 (7 min.)

  • Joseph Haydn
    Symphonie No. 80 (26 min.)

The string sextet Verklärte Nacht, composed in 1899 on the basis of a poem by Richard Dehmel, later arranged by its composer for string orchestra, sets a striking emphasis in Arnold Schoenberg’s compositional development. An unprecedented example of programme music in a chamber music genre, it sounds a call against the musical aesthetics of its time. At the same time, Schoenberg’s face-off with Richard Wagner’s harmony reaches an initial high point in this composition. And then, the poem that serves as the basis for Schoenberg’s composition is about the willingness of a man to accept his partner’s illegitimate child as his own! No wonder that the premiere of this work in 1902 created a huge scandal.

Regardless of programme music or scandals: the students of the Orchestra Academy have dedicated themselves to Schoenberg’s captivating late Romantic sounds, as they have to the violin artistry of the young Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – which is why – besides his C major Rondo – they perform the G major concerto together with Christian Tetzlaff, Artist in Residence of the Berliner Philharmoniker in 2014/2015. This Orchestra Academy concert is rounded off by a performance of Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 80 in D minor, a boisterous work that initiated compositional development for the future development of the genre.

Christian Tetzlaff was Artist in Residence of the Berliner Philharmoniker in the 2014/15 season. 
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