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Dec. 14, 2020
8 p.m.
Kölner Philharmonie

Ludwig van Beethoven

Symphony No. 1 in C major (1800)

Béla Bartók

Bluebeard's Castle (1911)

Judith opens seven doors in Bluebeard’s Castle, and she makes a string of new discoveries behind them that ultimately reveal her lover’s dark secret. Béla Bartók‘s opera is a unique journey into the depths of the human soul. In his composition, Bartók draws his inspiration from Eastern European folk music and at the same time from the wealth of colours of French impression; in so doing he sketches one of the first psychological dramas in music. We were able to enlist two ideal interpreters, namely mezzosoprano Rinat Shaham and bass-baritone Gábor Bretz. Beethoven’s 1st Symphony is, by way of contrast to this dark masterpiece, cheerful and bright. It still seems to owe much to his great inspiration Mozart – and yet it heralds the dawn of a new, modern age from the very first measure. Karina Canellakis holds the keys to it in her hands.

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