Concert
Chamber Music

Charity Concert II

25 Years IPPNW-Concerts
Charity Concert for the benefit of Amnesty International

25 Years IPPNW-Concerts II
TRIBUTE CONCERT for the benefit of Amnesty International

Greetings of the IPPNW Co-Ppresident Emeritus Prof. Bernard Lown

Iannis Xenakis [1922–2001]
Kottos
for violoncello solo [1977]

Dmitri Shostakovich [1906–1975]
Sonata for violoncello and piano D minor op. 40 [1934]

Franz Schubert [1797–1828]
Trio for violine, violoncello and piano B flat major D 898 [1827]

Viviane Hagner violin
Alban Gerhardt violoncello
Steven Osborne piano

Reception after the concert in the foyer of the Kammermusiksaal with the opportunity to talk to Bernard Lown

A joint event of IPPNW-Concerts, musikfest berlin | Berliner Festspiele and Stiftung Berliner Philharmoniker on the occasion of the IPPNW congress Prescription for survival

Human violence can stir up music – all the way to its central nervous system. The mythical battle of the age of barbarism against that of civilisation gave Xenakis the cue for Kottos. This was the name of a hundred-armed giant of the brutal generation of ancient Greek gods, who was defeated by Zeus, front-man of the new, cultivated, lords of heaven. This old myth provided Xenakis with a symbol of the fierce virtuosity, which he demands from the interpreters of his 10-minute piece for solo cello. – Shostakovich and Schubert included uncouth-rustic, or rural-folksy, music into their compositions – from the perspective of a city-dweller’s experience. The experience was ambiguous: land and landscape opened up to those who felt the restorative relationships in the city particularly painfully. But then, history is full of examples of the way country people and peasants have been stirred to hatred against the »decadence« of the city. Against this background, the vital and lyrical passages of both composers appear extremely ambivalent.

Programme

Greetings of the IPPNW Co-Ppresident Emeritus Prof. Bernard Lown

Iannis Xenakis [1922–2001]
Kottos
for violoncello solo [1977]

Dmitri Shostakovich [1906–1975]
Sonata for violoncello and piano in D minor op. 40 [1934]

Franz Schubert [1797–1828]
Trio for violin, violoncello and piano in B flat major D 898 [1827]

Cast

Viviane Hagner violin
Alban Gerhardt cello
Steven Osborne piano