The National Youth Orchestra of Germany with Sebastian Weigle

05 Apr 2016

National Youth Orchestra of Germany
Sebastian Weigle

Stefan Dohr, Stefan de Leval Jezierski, Sarah Willis, Andrej Žust, Teresa Schwamm, Ludwig Quandt

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    Manuel de Falla
    El sombrero de tres picos (The Three-Cornered Hat), orchestral suites No. 1 and No. 2 (25 min.)

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    Robert Schumann
    Concert Piece for four horns and large orchestra in F major, op. 86 (20 min.)

    Stefan Dohr Horn, Stefan de Leval Jezierski Horn, Sarah Willis Horn, Andrej Žust Horn

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    Consuelo Velázquez
    Besame mucho (3 min.)

    Stefan Dohr Horn, Stefan de Leval Jezierski Horn, Sarah Willis Horn, Andrej Žust Horn

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    Richard Strauss
    Don Quixote, Fantastic Variations on a Theme of Knightly Character, op. 35 (47 min.)

    Teresa Schwamm Viola, Ludwig Quandt Cello

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    Erich Wolfgang Korngold
    Prince and the Pauper, No. 7 Duel (4 min.)

    Patrick Russ Arrangement

They are between the ages of 15 and 19, outstanding instrumentalists already and passionate about classical music: young musicians who are accepted into the National Youth Orchestra get the opportunity to gain initial experience in an orchestra at a professional level. During their sojourn in the orchestra, it is not uncommon for participants to decide this is the professional path they want to take: orchestral musician. Many members of the Berliner Philharmoniker were initially involved in the National Youth Orchestra.

Since 2008, the orchestra, for which the Berliner Philharmoniker became patrons in 2013, makes one guest appearance per season in Hans Scharoun’s concert hall. But this concert is a special one because five of the six soloists are members of the Berliner Philharmoniker: principal horn Stefan Dohr and horn players Stefan de Leval Jezierski, Sarah Willis and Andrej Žust are the soloists in Robert Schumann’s Konzertstück for four horns – highly demanding in terms of playing technique. The composer was inspired to create this work in 1849 by the invention of the valve horn, relatively new at the time and not without controversy.

Also from the ranks of the Berliner Philharmoniker, principal cello Ludwig Quandt together with violist Theresa Schwamm, former member of the National Youth Orchestra and founding member of the Armida Quartet, musically bring to life the two characters Don Quixote and Sancho Panza in Richard Strauss’s symphonic poem Don Quixote op. 35. The concert, conducted by Sebastian Weigle, begins with the two orchestra suites from Manuel de Falla’s ballet El sombrero de tres picos.

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