Christoph Eschenbach, conductor
Jost | Bruckner
A Musikfest Berlin-debut: Christoph Eschenbach and the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, whose Principal Conductor he has been since mid-2019, will be guests at the Philharmonie. 2020/21 is a very special season for Konzerthaus Berlin. The Königliches Schauspielhaus, today known as Konzerthaus Berlin, was built on Gendarmenmarkt by Friedrich Schinkel and opened in May 1821. One month later, Carl Maria von Weber’s “Freischütz” saw its celebrated world premiere there. The programme of this anniversary season includes numerous commissioned works. One of them is Christian Jost’s violin concerto “voyage vers l’espoir”, with Christian Tetzlaff as soloist. The composer uses the dialectics between the soloist and the orchestra, so characteristic for the solo concert, and creates a musical parable of our times reflecting Xavier Koller’s eponymous film drama. The violin concerto will be followed by Anton Bruckner’s 2nd Symphony. This work was successfully premiered by Wiener Philharmoniker in 1873, which did not prevent the eminently self-critical composer from reshaping it significantly. At Musikfest Berlin, the 1877 version of the piece will be performed.