Concert introduction Listened to at 7:00 p.m.
Heinz Holliger, conductor
Dmitry Smirnov, violin
Mystère de l'instant
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 4 in F minor
Symphony No. 2 in C major Per aspera ad astra. Sound color games. An unconventional firebrand. And the magic of music. Robert Schumann says he spent many a restless night brooding over his second symphony. He was not well at the time: melancholy, brooding, depression. When the piece was finished, the orchestra grumbled: too difficult. But when the work is played for the first time, people are enraptured: How can someone manage to advance from such a dark beginning into such a dazzlingly bright light? Musical self-healing powers? Magic? Another magic a hundred years later: the timbre magician Henri Dutilleux: weightless and orgiastic. Yes, and then: our own Dmitry Smirnov, the former academician of the Basel Chamber Orchestra, who makes it so easy to be proud. That he started out as a child prodigy - let's forget it. Because he didn't burn up in the process, but rather really charged his batteries. Now he is in his mid-20s and well on the way to bringing unrest into the classical music business: Born in St. Petersburg in 1994, the violinist has power, passion and desire. And ability. When someone like him storms the music scene, there is truly no need to worry about its future.
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