Dark tones in every shade dominate the beginning of this concert. For example, Alban Berg's Violin Concerto, written in memory of the 19-year-old Manon Gropius, is one of the most poignant works of Modernism. Anton Webern’s delicate Passacaglia was written with the death of the composer’s own mother still fresh in his mind. In contrast to these is Antonín Dvořák's Ninth Symphony From the New World with its folkloric cheerfulness and ingenious combination of American and Bohemian idioms.
In this concert, Mariss Jansons, a celebrated interpreter of the Romantic repertoire, reveals the entire musical and emotional range of this epoch. On the one hand, the wild virtuosity of Schumann’s rapturous Piano Concerto, on the other, the deeply religious grandeur of Bruckner’s Sixth Symphony. The piano soloist is Daniil Trifonov, who combines sensational technique with sensitivity and maturity of expression.
Performing all the Beethoven symphonies is always a unique project. After a first series in 2008, the Berliner Philharmoniker and Simon Rattle presented their interpretation once again in October 2015. The starting point is the First Symphony, whose dissonant opening chord already announces the exciting individuality of the cycle – before the fierce Eroica conclusively breaks with all musical standards of the time.