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Sun, Jun. 25, 2023, 11.00 am | Elbphilharmonie, Grand Hall

10st Philharmonic Concert

Bertrand de Billy

Henri Dutilleux: Tout un monde lointain ... concerto for violoncello and orchestra

Richard Strauss: Eine Alpensymphonie, Op. 64

Dirigent: Bertrand de Billy
Violoncello: Jean-Guihen Queyras
Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg

In this concert, Charles Baudelaire’s poetry meets Friedrich Nietzsche’s thinking; the music of Henri Dutilleux, the “magician of sonic colour”, meets the genius of Richard Strauss’; and two exceptional French artists of our times meet the musicians of the Philharmonic State Orchestra. The cello concerto’s title alone, “Tout un monde lointain…”, reveals the source of the work’s poetic aura: it is Baudelaire’s intellectual cosmos – “a faraway world, absent, almost extinguished” from his volume of poetry “Les Fleurs du mal” (“The Flowers of Evil”) – by which Dutilleux was inspired. The composer placed verses from this famous collection as epigraphs at the beginning each of the five movements.
The score of Strauss’ “Alpine Symphony” leads us from night to the rising sun, through forests, meadows, brambles and thickets – the perfect natural idyll of the Alps in its enchanting beauty and merciless loneliness. The composer never published the fact that his last great orchestral work was originally entitled “The Antichrist. An Alpine Symphony”, inspired by Nietzsche’s impulses, and is suffused with the notion of overcoming Christendom and a hope for a better humanity. What remains is the “adoration of nature in its eternal glory”, as Strauss noted on his desktop calendar.

Introduction
60 minutes before the concert, there will be a pre-concert talk (in german)

Cildren`s Program
Age 4-8 Spielplatz Orchester
Age 9-12 Konzertbesuch and Kinderkünstlergespräch

Venue: Elbphilharmonie, Grand Hall, Platz der Deutschen Einheit 4, 20457 Hamburg

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