Frank Peter Zimmermann is one of the foremost violinists of our time and a great admirer of Bohuslav Martinů’s rarely played Violin Concerto No. 1, a both sonorous and expressive work, which he presents in this concert. Jakub Hrůša, chief conductor of the Bamberg Symphony and a guest of the Berliner Philharmoniker for the first time, also presents Dvořák’s symphonic poem The Golden Spinning Wheel and Janáček’s Rhapsody Taras Bulba.
In this concert, conductor Semyon Bychkov and the famous piano duo Katia and Marielle Labèque make the case for a wonderful rarity: Max Bruch’s Concerto for Two Pianos which captivates with its sparkling virtuosity and a warm, orchestral sound reminiscent of Brahms. The other works of the evening were also inspired by Brahms: Antonín Dvořák’s Seventh Symphony and Detlev Glanert’s orchestral piece Weites Land.
The real challenge of his instrument is less in the fingering technique than in phrasing and breathing and the search for beauty of sound – according to flautist Michael Hasel who is featured in this short film in the series The Berliner Philharmoniker and their Instruments. To help him achieve his musical ideal, he has a wooden flute, made especially for him, which is also presented here.