- Sibelius, Shostakovich & Brahms
Our Chief Conductor Christian Kluxen is back – with masterpieces from the history of classical music!
Imagine the pressure the romantic and the uncompromising perfectionist Brahms must have felt as the composer who was almost expected to continue the reputation of Beethoven after his death.
This fourth symphony is a retrospective glace for Brahms, as Bach and Beethoven both appear. Perhaps his romantic sound mass was a result of his unhappy personal life, where his love for Robert Schumann’s wife, Clara Schumann, hung over him throughout his life.
In the years following the death of Stalin, Shostakovich was able to compose more freely and his cello concerto, which has become one of the world’s most famous cello concertos, characterizes what he once said:
‘’Without party guidance, I would have displayed more brilliance, used more sarcasm, I could have revealed my ideas openly instead of having to resort to camouflage”. The evening’s concert opens with Jean Sibelius’ Symphony No. 7, which was to be his last symphony. The work is unique because it consists of only one movement rather than the standard four in the “symphony formula”. It is also described as being extremely original in its form and as Sibelius’ remarkable achievements.
Sibelius was unsure what he should call the work but, after a period of reflection, he decided to give it the status of a symphony ...