Vasily Petrenko and Thomas Hampson

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Date

23.12.2018

Sunday 20:00

Hall

The Lowy concert hall

Venue

Charles Bronfman Auditorium, Tel Aviv

Venue

Charles Bronfman Auditorium, Tel Aviv

Hall

The Lowy concert hall

Artists

Vasily Petrenko, conductor 

Thomas Hampson, baritone 

Concert Program

Schubert: Rosamunde Overture, D.797

Hugo Wolf: Songs

Schumann: Symphony no.1 (“spring”)

Event Info

American baritone Thomas Hampson quickly became one of the most important artists in the field of music. He has performed with the IPO quite a few times, and as he testified in an interview a few years back, "With the Philharmonic, it feels in the family." Vasily Petrenko, whose previous appearances in Israel have garnered enthusiastic reviews, conducts this series of concerts.

It seems that the opening of "Rosamunde" can be attributed (at least programmatically) to the "Mediterranean trend"...the work is part of a group of pieces performed during the play "Rosamunde the Cypriot Princess" (yes, indeed), written by Helmina von Chézy (who also wrote the text to Schubert's famous work "The Shepherd on the Rock")...a play that disappeared from the world stage as quickly as it appeared.

But the story of Schubert and Rosamunde is more complicated. Because of time constraints (composers and deadlines could themselves be the subject of an opera) Schubert did not write a special opening to the show. In fact, on the eve of the premiere, another overture by Schubert was played—Alfonso und Estrella—which had never been performed. Years after Schubert's death, when the time came to publish the music for Rosamunda (in 1891), Schubert's earlier play, “The Golden Harp" from 1820, was attached to the music of Rosamunda, and was forgotten even faster than "Rosamunde from Cyprus." So today we actually hear the opening of the play "The Golden Harp" (1820), which was associated in 1891 with the printed edition of Op. 26 "Music for the play Rosamunda" which was created in 1823. Who said that the history of Western music is boring and linear?

Hampson has long been performing music by Hugo Wolf. Over the years he has often been asked about his love for this composer's music, and from his words a fascinating picture emerges. "Wolf ,“ says Hampson in an interview from 2003 around the centenary of Wolf’s death, “was never a truly happy man, nor did he belong to a regular circle of colleagues or like-minded associates. When he worked, whether as a writer or as a composer, he plunged into an obsessive, self-contained world that he occupied all alone. “ The unique result of this personality structure and manner of conduct was that Wolf "spared himself" the stylistic dilemmas of other composers who were writing towards the end of the Romantic period. He was, wholeheartedly and faithfully, one of the last Romanticists. Over the past few years, Wolf has acquired many fans among young performers and audiences. His compositions of the poems of Goethe, Mörike, and Eichendorff are full of beauty and drama, and it seems that he succeeded in only a few brief moments (many of these poems are very short) to create a world full of colors, emotion and drama.

Strangely enough, Robert Schumann was an exemplary father. He was caring in a time when fatherhood was not a particularly important male role within the family. He played creative games with his seven children, traveled with them on trips, and kept a special diary, recording the common discoveries of the family. Something in the primacy of contact with nature, in un-stressful joy of life, found its way not only into Schumann's works for children, but also into the First Symphony, which he composed in 1841. The symphony was apparently conceived in four days (January 23-26), and he says that it describes the longing for spring and the joy it brings to the composer. In one of the versions Schumann included occasional titles: "Spring Awakening," "Evening," "Happy Games," "Spring Break."

Price Range

180-550 nis

Duration

approx 2 hours including intermission

Duration

approx 2 hours including intermission

Price range

180-550 nis

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