Classical music from the Romantic period
This DW Pageant Live performance options Antonín Dvorak’s not often heard and really expressive symphonic poem “The Golden Spinning Wheel,” adopted by Felix Mendelssohn’s distinctive symphony-cantata “Track of Reward.” The performances had been recorded dwell on the opening live performance of the Rheingau Music Pageant and have the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra. The ensemble’s new music director, Alain Altinoglu, performed.
We will begin with music that evokes fantastical worlds. It was written on the finish of the 1800s, a time when industrialization was booming and other people longed to retreat to nature, to like and even to fantasy worlds. Composers had been no exception.
Among the many German Romantics, Robert Schumann stands out as an essential determine. He wrote many items that he known as “Fantasies.” In his Fantasy Items Op. 73, as a substitute of prescribing strict tempos, he marked the actions with feelings. We’ll be listening to two of them: “tenderly and expressively” and “fast and fiery.” The music brings tales to life contained in the listener’s head.
Cellist Raphaela Gromes and pianist Julian Riem carried out the Fantasy Items in a chamber live performance on the Rheingau Music Pageant. The efficiency befell on June 29 at what is named the “Prince of Metternich Live performance Dice.” This royal-sounding title refers to an acoustically fine-tuned cell live performance corridor. It had been arrange adjoining a palace that itself is situated within the wine hills close to Wiesbaden, in western Germany.
As promised, this episode additionally options Antonin Dvorak’s “Golden Spinning Wheel.” Dvorak labored on a number of symphonic poems in 1896, and almost all of them are based mostly on the gathering of people ballads entitled “Kytice,” which implies bouquet. The ballads had been written by Karel Jaromir Erben.
“The Golden Spinning Wheel” tells a type of Cinderella story, however slightly darker: A king needs to marry a younger lady. She is killed by her evil stepmother who then leaves the physique within the woods, the place a sorcerer brings it again to life. When the king returns from conflict, he condemns the stepmother to demise, and together with her out of the way in which, the couple is free to marry.
The piece has Bohemian dances, dramatic sections with all of the musicians performing and, excellent in any fairy story, a cheerful ending. Alain Altinoglu performed the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra.
A tribute to Johannes Gutenberg
This episode additionally options some praiseful music by Felix Mendelssohn. 2022 was an enormous yr for his music: It marked his a hundred and seventy fifth demise anniversary, and so, many concert events featured works by him, together with the opening live performance of the Rheingau Music Pageant. The central piece of that live performance was his “Lobgesang,” or “Track of Reward,” a large symphonic work for orchestra, choir and soloists that’s generally known as his second symphony.
Felix Mendelssohn was born in 1809 to a household of Jewish origin; his grandfather had even been a rabbi. In 1816, the household transformed to Christianity, and seven-year-old Felix was baptized.
Mendelssohn had been commissioned to compose a symphony with vocal components to rejoice the four-hundredth anniversary of Johannes Gutenberg’s invention of his moveable sort printing press. Mendelssohn initially wished to write down an oratorio however ended up composing what he known as a “symphony-cantata.”
A genius in his personal proper: Felix Mendelssohn-BartholdyImage: Fotolia/steschum
The big choir within the last motion instantly makes one consider Beethoven’s ninth Symphony, with its epic choral ending. However conductor Alain Altinoglu associates this Mendelssohn work extra with Bach than with Beethoven.
“We do not think about how genius was Mendelssohn. He was actually, what we are saying ‘Wunderkind.’ I imply, he was the brand new Mozart of that point. When he was so younger, he might play something on the piano. And he was the music director of Leipzig so younger – he was like 26 years previous, I imply that is very, very younger. After which he rediscovered, reintroduced Johann Sebastian Bach, and you may actually really feel it within the piece,” the conductor mentioned.
From darkness to mild
Contemplating that the Bible is essentially the most well-known ebook that Johannes Gutenberg ever printed, Mendelssohn wished to include this into his “Track of Reward.” The texts are based mostly on the Bible and the Protestant church track by Martin Rinckart entitled “Nun danket alle Gott” or “Now all of us thank God.”
It was conductor Alain Altinoglu’s purpose to deliver out the spiritual elements for the viewers. Within the piece, Mendelssohn praises God, who leads man out of darkness into mild. Gentle might be seen right here as a logo of an enlightened society that may proceed to teach itself, not least by way of the printing and dissemination of books.
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy – Psalm 114
The “Track of Reward” was lauded at its premiere in 1840 in St. Thomas Church in Leipzig. The work is structured in 10 sections. It begins with an instrumental symphony in three actions, which is then adopted by 9 sections for soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor and choir. These sections are woven seamlessly collectively and unified by way of repeated motifs.
A rising motif within the trombones, echoed by the MDR Leipzig Radio Choir, introduced Felix Mendelssohn’s symphony-cantata “Lobgesang,” or “Track of Reward” to an uplifting shut.
The efficiency was recorded dwell on June 25 on the opening live performance of the Rheingau Music Pageant in Eberbach Abbey, which sits atop the wine hills of Eltville am Rhein. Music director Alain Altinoglu performed the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra. The soloists had been soprano Katharina Konradi, mezzo-soprano Miriam Albano and tenor Matthew Swenson.
That is all on this version of DW Pageant Concert events with our host, Cristina Burack, and I hope you loved the Romantic music we heard in at the moment’s program. Because of producer Gaby Reucher and sound engineer Christian Stäter. We love listening to from you, so write to us at [email protected] if there’s something you’d prefer to share. And be a part of us for extra implausible classical music within the subsequent Deutsche Welle Pageant Live performance.
Edited by: Manasi Gopalakrishnan