About the Event
In this highly‐anticipated concert, hear the mellifluous sounds of classical music by Antonín Dvořák and Richard Strauss at Berlin's treasured and world‐renowned Konzerthaus.
Honorary conductor Iván Fischer and the Konzerthausorchester perform Antonín Dvořák's only violin concerto from 1883 with our Artist in Residence Augustin Hadelich, which is as virtuosic as it is very vocal in parts.
Afterwards, the stage in the Great Hall becomes crowded, because Richard Strauss is on the program: 'Thus Spoke Zarathustra' is 'by far the most important, most perfect in form, most interesting and most peculiar of my pieces,' the composer found. After the dress rehearsal in 1896, he was apparently very pleased with himself. Not at all high‐minded was Zarathustra, the eremite prophet in Friedrich Nietzsche's much discussed text, who inspired the piece of music. He visited people to tell them about higher connections — and they, of course, didn't want to listen to him. Richard Strauss' symphonic poem now is so great that one cannot help but listen to it and thus indirectly also to Nietzsche's misunderstood, often misunderstood prophet!
- Antonín Dvořák – Slawischer Tanz c‐Moll op. 46 Nr. 7
- Antonín Dvořák – Slawischer Tanz H‐Dur op. 72 Nr. 1
- Antonín Dvořák – Konzert für Violine und Orchester a‐Moll op. 53
- Richard Strauss – „Also sprach Zarathustra“ — Sinfonische Dichtung (nach Friedrich Nietzsche) op. 30
| Ivan Fischer
Ivan Fischer is one of the world's most sought‐after conductors. Chief Conductor of the Konzerthausorchester Berlin since the 2012/13 season, he was the founder of the Budapest Festival Orchestra in 1983, and he enjoys a close partnership with the Vienna State Opera. Ivan Fischer has won numerous awards, and he has performed in practically every major concert house in the world.
The Konzerthaus Berlin is a concert hall situated on the Gendarmenmarkt, the most beautiful square in the city. Built in 1821, the structure initially served as a theater. Severely damaged in the Second World War, it was rebuilt as a concert hall in 1977, with a neoclassical interior, and changed its name to reflect its new function in 1994. Consistently numbered among the top five concert halls in the world, the Konzerthaus hosts around 500 performances every year, ranging from symphony and chamber concerts featuring international stars to new music and children's concerts.
Antonin Dvorak is considered to be one of the most well-known and prominent Czechs in the world, as his musical work gained international recognition already during his lifetime. He was born in 1841 in a small Czech village into a butcher’s family. At the age of 6, Dvorak started taking violin lessons and it immediately became obvious that the boy had exceptional talent in music. Later in life, he was learning to master piano and organ as well as simultaneously working in a slaughterhouse. After Dvorak turned 16, he was admitted to the Organ School in Prague that trained future professional composers. After graduating, he stayed in Prague, joined Karel Komzak’s orchestra and started actively composing his own music. However, he struggled to make ends meet and always had to work on the side by playing music in churches and giving private music lessons. Finally, 1874 became a turning point in his life when he won a financial grant from an Austrian Prize competition for his 15 submitted works. This allowed him to quit the orchestra and devote himself fully to composing. During this period, he wrote his Slavonic Dances, Moravian Duets and Violin Concerto, which brought him sweeping success. In 1892 he was invited to teach at the New York National Conservatory, where he stayed until 1895 before returning home. He started teaching at the Prague conservatory and later became its director. Until his death in 1904, he had been a successful and well-loved composer, both in his homeland and around the whole world.