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Sun, Mar. 02, 2025, 11.00 am | Elbphilharmonie, Grand Hall

7th Philharmonic Concert

Thomas Guggeis

Maurice Ravel: “Daphnis et Chloé” Suite No. 2

Péter Eötvös: “Speaking Drums” - Four poems for solo drums and orchestra

Sergei Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances op. 45

Dirigent: Thomas Guggeis
Schlagwerk: Alexej Gerassimez
Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg

Dance, language and fantastic images: the three orchestral works in this concert program contain a lot of creative energy. Ravel wrote “Daphnis et Chloé” as ballet music for Diaghilev’s famous Ballets Russes. The composition initially celebrated its great success as suites on the concert stage, where its genius comes into its own. Ravel had a “large musical fresco painting” in mind for the ancient love story of the two foundlings, “concerned less with archaism than with loyalty to the Greece of my dreams”. In an outstanding splendor of color, he pours the rising sun, the song of the nymph and an ecstatic final frenzy into a painting from the early 20th century.
100 years later, the Hungarian composer and conductor Péter Eötvös, who was once a drummer himself, decides to teach the drums to speak: In his Four Poems for Solo Percussion and Orchestra, the initially rhythmically spoken text gradually transfers to the instruments. A highly virtuosic sound world from which a narrative emerges.
Things get dancey again with Rachmaninoff's last work, which he himself described as the “final spark”. It is considered a personal review of his life and his era, drawn in fantastic moods.

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

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