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Sun, Oct. 20, 2024, 11.00 am | Elbphilharmonie, Grand Hall

2nd Philharmonic Concert

Andrey Boreyko

Josef Suk: Fantastic Scherzo Op. 25

Igor Stravinsky: Divertimento from "Le Baiser de la fée"

Peter Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 in f minor op. 36

Dirigent: Andrey Boreyko
Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg

With conductor Andrey Boreyko, we turn our ears to the East. With his fantastic Scherzo, the Czech Josef Suk, pupil and son-in-law of Antonín Dvořák, created an orchestral work that is emphatically lively - and in no way inferior to the following Divertimento from Stravinsky's ballet "The Fairy's Kiss" in terms of expressiveness.
When Peter Tchaikovsky wrote his Fourth Symphony, one of his best-known works, he was going through dark times. (Unhappy marriage, nervous breakdown, suicide attempt - the biographers paint dark scenes ...) The programme that he himself added to this Fourth sounds accordingly: The "force of fate" can be heard in the opening bars. According to Tchaikovsky, this "fate" constantly controls us, so that happiness and peace are never perfect. "One must submit to it and seek refuge in futile desires." After "a swarm of memories" and wild pizzicati from the strings in the famous third movement, Tchaikovsky comes to the conclusion: "If you find no cause for happiness in yourself, look to others." Life is ultimately "bearable after all" - as long as we turn to a "public amusement on a holiday", as in the symphony finale.

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

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