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Gewandhausorchester, Andris Nelsons: Tchaikovsky at Gewandhaus

About the Event

In Leipzig's beloved Gewandhaus, hear the Gewandhaus Orchestra and under the baton of Andris Nelsons for a captivating performance of works by Tchaikovsky.

Mickiewicz's ballad is about a Ukrainian nobleman who catches his young wife in flagrante delicto — at least that is what the voivode imagines. Instead of the supposedly unfaithful woman and her lover, he himself is shot. Tchaikovsky knew the Russian translation and dedicated an atmospheric tone painting to it. In this fascinating pioneering work, he makes use of a brand‐new instrument: the keyboard‐operated celesta, which is related to the glockenspiel.

The Fantasy Overture Hamlet was written between June and October 1888 after a long preparatory period. His brother had suggested the Shakespearean subject, but it took a long time for Tchaikovsky to find compositional access to it. Again, the composer himself launched his work in November 1888 in St. Petersburg as conductor. The dedicatee was Edvard Grieg, with whom Tchaikovsky had befriended in Leipzig shortly before.

Practical Information

Due to its history, the Gewandhaus Orchestra stands for civic engagement in a special way. With a view to the challenges of the present and the community‐building, inspiring and transformative potential of music, it has launched a democracy initiative in 2022. On pressing issues of justice, resources, media, institutions, education, identity, resilience and faith, public and cultural figures engage in dialogue with each other, with the audience and with musical performances.

'Resonance' is the motto above the musically inspired, culturally initiated discussion of basic values, understanding of democracy and social togetherness. We invite you to join in the discussion at round tables and to experimentally explore and musically experience political, sociological, acoustic and interpersonal facets of resonance in workshops and performances. Inspired by musical artworks, we open spaces for voices of the present and for ideas that strengthen the common good — in exchange between all those who want to help shape society.

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