Front door Westminster Abbey

Front door Westminster Abbey

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Concert
Visiting orchestras

Philharmonia Orchestra

Visiting: London

  • Duration 1h 50, one interval

19:00 work introduction

No matter whether they play classic works or pursue their passion for New Music – Carolin Widmann and Christoph von Dohnányi know the value of discovering future music in either case. The pieces in this concert involve a future music of a special kind – at least the composers themselves never got to hear them: only a few months after he completed his violin concert to commemorate Manon Gropius, who died at the age of 18, Alban Berg succumbed to fatal blood poisoning. And Schubert’s “Great” symphony in C Major was only presented to the public by Mendelssohn in 1839. While Berg’s concert quickly became a Modern classic, Schubert’s piece, which presumably was composed as a response to Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, was treated as new music at its late posthumous premiere, requiring two performances for its breakthrough: one in order to be “understood” and the other to see its “heavenly length” “enthusiastically received”.

Charles Ives [1874–1954]
The Unanswered Question [1908]

Alban Berg [1885–1935]
Violin Concerto Dem Andenken eines Engels [1935]

Franz Schubert [1797–1828]
Symphony No. 8 in C major D 944 Die Große [1825/26]

A Berliner Festspiele / Musikfest Berlin event