Visiting Orchestras

Bamberger Symphoniker / Jonathan Nott

Past Dates

In 1937 Evgeny Mravinsky programmed Tchaikovsky’s tone poem Romeo and Juliet before the world premiere of Shostakovich’s fifth symphony. By chance? The drama of the Veronese adolescents falling victim to the war between their families, stands for the conflict between power and luck, between love and the urge toward disaster. Nono’s Songs of Love and Life lead from the memory of Hiroshima, through an homage to a female freedom fighter, to a »singing about the necessity of love.« Through the chance of its success the freedom of a society becomes apparent – as in Romeo and Juliet. Nono composed the end of his Canti as a jubilus with an ornamental chant and bell tone. Shostakovich’s Fifth takes a long time, until it finds its way from its hard cut beginning to the final jubilation which then does not want to end. There is jubilation as an outburst of joy – which has its natural measure. Dictated jubilation, however, only ends at a higher command.

Concert Programme

Joseph Haydn [1732-1809]
Symphony No. 44 in E minor Funeral [1772]

Luigi Nono [1924–1990]
Canti di vita e d’amore: Sul Ponte di Hiroshima
for soprano, tenor and Orchester [1962]
Sul Ponte di Hiroshima – Djamila Boupachà – Tu

Dmitri Shostakovich [1906–1975]
Symphony No. 5 in D minor op. 47 [1937]


Marisol Montalvo soprano
Niclas Oettermann tenor

Bamberger Symphoniker – Bayerische Staatsphilharmonie
Jonathan Nott conductor