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szdaily -> Leisure Highlights
A night of Brahms, Beethoven classics
    2018-February-1  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne from Germany will collaborate with tenor Maximilian Schmitt, bass-baritone Kresimir Strazanac, contralto Marion Eckstein and soprano Susanne Bernhard to present Brahms’ “Schicksalslied” and Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 9.”

“Schicksalslied” (“Song of Destiny”) is an orchestra-accompanied choral setting of a poem written by Friedrich Holderlin and is one of several major choral works written by Johannes Brahms. Brahms began the work in the summer of 1868 at Wilhelmshaven, but it was not completed until 1871. The delay in completion was largely due to Brahms’s indecision as to how the piece should conclude.

“Schicksalslied” is considered to be one of Brahms’ best choral works along with “A German Requiem.” Josef Sittard argues in his book on Brahms, “Had Brahms never written anything but this one work, it would alone have sufficed to rank him with the best masters.”

Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 9” is the final complete symphony by the German composer and is one of the best-known works in common practice music. It is widely viewed by critics as one of Beethoven’s greatest works, the pinnacle of musical Classicism, and one of the greatest compositions in the Western musical canon.

The symphony was the first example of a major composer using voices in a symphony, thus making it a choral symphony. The words are sung during the final movement by four vocal soloists and a chorus. They were taken from “Ode to Joy,” a poem written by Friedrich Schiller in 1785.

The WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne was founded in 1947 by Allied occupation authorities after World War II as the orchestra of Northwest German Radio. The orchestra is particularly known for its performances of 20th-century and contemporary music.

The orchestra’s current principal conductor is Jukka-Pekka Saraste, who will also wield the baton for the Shenzhen concert.

Time: 8 p.m., May 16

Tickets: 280-1,580 yuan

Venue: Shenzhen Concert Hall, intersection of Hongli Road and Yitian Road, Futian District (福田区红荔路和益田路交汇处深圳音乐厅)

Metro: Line 3 or 4, Children’s Palace Station (少年宫站), Exit D(SD News)

 

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