Music The Berlin Philharmonic: The Digital Concert Hall

Lunchtime Concert @Goethe-Institut

Mon, 04/09/2018

Goethe-Institut Chicago

150 North Michigan Avenue
Suite 200
Chicago, lL 60601

4th Concert 2018

Daniel Harding conducts “An Alpine Symphony”

Berliner Philharmoniker
Conductor: Daniel Harding
Soloist: Gerald Finley

Franz Schubert
„Wo bin ich?” – “O könnt’ ich, Allgewaltiger”, Recitative and Aria from Lazarus, oder: Die Feier der Auferstehung, D 689
Gerald Finley, bass baritone

Franz Schubert
Prometheus, D 674 (orch. by Max Reger)Gerald Finley, bass baritone

Franz Schubert
Erlkönig, D 328 (orch. by Max Reger)
Gerald Finley, bass baritone

Franz Schubert
Memnon, D 541 (orch. by Johannes Brahms)Gerald Finley, bass baritone

Franz Schubert
An Schwager Kronos, D 369 (orch. by Johannes Brahms)
Gerald Finley, bass baritone

Franz Schubert
An die Musik, D 547 (orch. by Max Reger)Gerald Finley, bass baritone

Richard Strauss
Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony), op. 64

Talking about his Alpensinfonie (Alpine Symphony), which was premiered in Berlin in October 1915, Richard Strauss said that he had “wanted to compose, for once, as a cow gives milk.”
This compositional mastery would hardly be conceivable without Franz Schubert as a model. Having “worshipped, played, sung and admired” him since his early childhood, Strauss wrote about Schubert: “He could compose what he wanted, whatever his genius made him do.”
It will be charming when, in this concert under the direction of Daniel Harding, Gerald Finley and the Berliner Philharmoniker precede the performance of the Alpine Symphony with a selection of Schubert songs in arrangements by late Romantics such as Johannes Brahms and Max Reger.

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