Rihm and Haas at the Musikfest Berlin

Musikfest Berlin

Seven works by Wolfgang Rihm – among them a world and a German première – will be performed at this year’s Musikfest Berlin.

Keeping with the horn theme of the festival, Georg Friedrich Haas will as well be represented in Berlin with the performance of his concerto grosso No. 1. Find out more on Universal Edition.

Read the full programme of the Musikfest Berlin.

Wolfgang Rihm: Horn Concerto
for horn and orchestra | 20′
prem. 14.09.2014, Kammermusiksaal, Berlin; Stefan Dohr, hn; Mahler Chamber Orchestra, cond. Daniel Harding

Wolfgang Rihm: Trio Concerto
for violin, violoncello, piano and orchestra | 25′
world prem. 17.09.2014, Philharmonie, Berlin; Trio Jean Paul: Ulf Schneider, vln; Martin Löhr, vlc; Eckart Heiligers, pno; WDR SO Köln, cond. Jukka-Pekka Saraste

Georg Friedrich Haas: concerto grosso No. 1
for 4 alphorns and orchestra | 30′
15.09.2014, Philharmonie, Berlin; hornroh; SWR-SO Baden-Baden und Freiburg, cond. François-Xavier Roth

Alexander Scriabin – Sonata No.5 Op.53 (1907)

The Piano Sonata No.5, Op. 53, is  written by Alexander Scriabin in 1907. This was his first sonata to be written in one movement,  a format he retained from then on. A typical performance lasts from 11 to 12 minutes.

“The Fifth Sonata, one of the most frequently played of the composer’s works, owes a great deal to the orchestral Poem of Ecstasy, and for this reason the Sonata is occasionally given that same title. Both draw on a poem by written by Scriabin, of which four lines are affixed to the beginning of the Sonata (a passage which “calls to life” the artist’s “hidden longings,” an example of the composer’s ever-increasing obsession with his own creative powers)…”  [source]

Original Russian text: Я к жизни призываю вас, скрытые стремленья!Вы, утонувшие в темных глубинахДуха творящего, вы, боязливыеЖизни зародыши, вам дерзновенье приношу!

Original French translation: Je vous appelle à la vie, ô forces mysterieuses! Noyées dans les obscures profondeurs De l’esprit créateur, craintivesEbauches de vie, à vous j’apporte l’audace!

English translation: I call you to life, oh mysterious forces! Drowned in the obscure depths Of the creative spirit, timid Shadows of life, to you I bring audacity! [ source]

Sonata No.5 Op.53 played by Glenn Gould :

Sonata No.5 Op.53 played by Vladimir Sofronitsky (live):

Sonata No.5 Op.53 played by Bernd Glemser :

800px-Alexander_Scriabin,_Tatiana_Schloezer_and_Leonid_Sabaneev_on_the_banks_of_the_Oka_RiverAlexander Scriabin, Tatiana Schloezer and Leonid Sabaneev on the banks of the Oka River, 1912.

Hans Rott – Pastoral Prelude for Orchestra in F major (1880)

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Hans Rott (1 August 1858–25 June 1884) was an Austrian composer and organist. His music is little-known today, though he received high praise in his time from the likes of Gustav Mahler and Anton Bruckner. Rott’s mind snapped in October 1880, whilst on a train journey. He was reported to have threatened another passenger with a revolver, claiming that Brahms had filled the train with dynamite. Rott was committed to a mental hospital in 1881, where despite a brief recovery, he sank into depression. By the end of 1883 a diagnosis recorded ‘hallucinatory insanity, persecution mania—recovery no longer to be expected.’ He died of tuberculosis in 1884, aged only 25. Many well-wishers, including Bruckner, attended Rott’s funeral at the Zentralfriedhof in Vienna.




[Inspired by a blog post by Zdenka Pregelj]