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Oct. 25, 2020
11 a.m.
Kölner Philharmonie

Béla Bartók

Romanian Folk Dances (195/17)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Clarinet Concerto in A major (1791)

Zoltán Kodály

Serenade (1919/20)

Edvard Grieg

Suite from »Peer Gynt« (1876/88/91)

When the woodwinds create a morning mood in Peer Gynt, dew glistens in the symphony orchestra. Edvard Grieg’s brilliant stage music – with an obligatory visit to the Hall of the Mountain King – concludes a programme that listens in to classical music’s folk music roots. Bartók‘s Romanian Folk Dances resemble a condensed journal that he brought back from his travels to taverns and farmsteads with a phonograph: searching for genuine, “pure folk music” as an alternative to the folkloristically coloured art music of his time. Zoltán Kodály was also a seeker of authenticity. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart finds an utterly unique sound in his Clarinet Concerto, composed shortly before he died – already almost disconnected from the world. From the podium, Natalie Chee, concertmaster of the Gürzenich Orchestra, takes her musician colleagues with her, including clarinetist Blaž Šparovec, on a journey towards the North and the East.

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