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Fri, Apr. 28, 2023, 8.00 pm | Elbphilharmonie, Grand Hall

Hamburg International Music Festival - Opening Concert

Kent Nagano

Johannes Brahms: Schicksalslied op. 54 für Chor und Orchester

Ludwig van Beethoven, 8. Sinfonie in F-Dur, op. 93

Sean Shepherd, An einem klaren Tag - On a Clear Day, after a cycle of poems by Ulla Hahn for violoncello, choirs and orchestra. A work commissioned by the Philharmonic State Orchestra and the Dresden Music Festival.

Dirigent: Kent Nagano
Violoncello: Jan Vogler
Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg
Audi Jugendchorakademie
Alsterspatzen – Kinder- und Jugendchor der Hamburgischen Staatsoper
Dresdner Kreuzchor
Mitglieder des The Young ClassX Ensembles

The 2023 International Hamburg Music Festival is dedicated to love. For its opening, General Music Director Kent Nagano and the Philharmonic State Orchestra present Beethoven’s Eighth Symphony, a masterwork of musical humour and also notable – for Beethoven – for an unusually gentle tone. During the composition process, Beethoven wrote a beautiful love letter to a woman whose identity has not been resolved to this day: “While still in bed, thoughts thrust their way towards you, my immortal beloved. Yes, I have resolved to stray far afield until I can fly into your arms.” That’s what Beethoven in love sounded like. His Eighth is followed by a work commissioned by the Philharmonic State Orchestra from the American composer Sean Shepherd for cello, youth chorus and orchestra, setting a text by the writer and poet Ulla Hahn from Hamburg.


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

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