Programme Guide

It is particularly appealing that Leonidas Kavakos, who has been familiar with classical Greek culture since boyhood, turns his attention to the works of the First Viennese School. For him, both periods are closely connected in their desire to strive for timeless perfection – which also inspires the violinist in his work: “Classical antiquity represents an aesthetic standard that has never been achieved since and will perhaps never be achieved again. This aesthetic standard drives me on – as a human being, violinist and musician.”

Conductor for the evening is Zubin Mehta, who performs with the Berliner Philharmoniker with a regularity virtually unmatched by any other podium guest. The evening opens with Franz Schubert’s Third Symphony – a work which formally still harks back to the world of Joseph Haydn yet in which a subliminal Romantic yearning can be discerned. Second comes the suite from Béla Bartók’s arresting pantomime ballet The Miraculous Mandarin.

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