The Hamburg International Music Festival 2022 begins

Status: 28.04.2022 4:27 pm

The Hamburg International Music Festival opens tonight. After two years of the pandemic, a full program with more than 60 concerts and events without audience restrictions can now be offered again.

by Stephen Storm

This year’s motto is: “Nature”. In addition to all the important ensembles in the Hanseatic city, guests will also be the world’s leading orchestras, conductors and soloists.

Nature and environment in the classical period

Beethoven’s Pastoral, Schubert’s “Winter Journey”, Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” or Schumann’s Spring Symphony – nature and the environment have fascinated composers for centuries. “The theme of nature has always been there in music. But what is new is that there are a number of artists who care deeply about the issue of climate and who, in one way or another, include it in their music programs. , “says Christoph Lieben. -Seutter, General Manager of Elbphilharmonie and Laeiszhalle.

Climate change is a major theme this year The music festival that starts with noise: with Joseph Haydn’s oratory “The Creation”.“That was on Alan Gilbert’s wish list,” says Lieben-Seutter. ” continue in Gustav Mahler’s third symphony, about which the composer himself says that all nature has a voice in it. ” “In terms of compositional history, Mahler’s third is very much related to nature. He composed in nature and incorporated themes from nature,” says Lieben-Seutter.

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Stars from the classic scene and new discoveries

With Ernst Krenek’s song cycle “Diary of a Journey through the Austrian Alps” and Jean Sibelius symphonies showing Finnish forests, meadows and lakes, the theme of nature runs like a red thread throughout the music festival. Two operas also fit the motto: Antonin Dvořák’s opera “Rusalka”, which tells about mermaids and water spirits, and Carl Maria von Weber “Freischütz”, which takes place in the German forest.

In addition to numerous stars from the classical music scene such as Igor Levy, Anne-Sophie Mutter and Andris Nelsons, artistic director Christoph Lieben-Seutter is also awaiting new discoveries: “For example, the American composer and singer Caroline Shaw, who is unknown still here, but already a big star in America.

Elbphilharmonie shines in a new light

The music festival takes place not only inside but also outside. With their lightweight project “Breaking Waves”, the Drift artists duo will allow the Elbphilharmonie outdoor space to shine in a new light every evening until 1 May. With a light installation that symbolizes somewhat what Elbphilharmonie is all about, like the music radiating from the building to the outside. In addition, hundreds of drones will hover around the building and make pictures. ” And the right music can be found on the Elbphilharmonie website.

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An island of tranquility in difficult times

The music festival also reacts to the current world situation – the war in Ukraine also plays a role: “We have already given some benefit concerts.” And so the Kiev Symphony Orchestra will perform next Sunday at the Elbphilharmonie.This will certainly be a very exciting moment, because many of our sponsors also care about Ukrainian refugees and have invited hundreds of them to the concert.

Climate change, the corona pandemic, the war in Ukraine – for Christoph Lieben-Seutter, Musikfest concerts can offer the audience an island of calm in difficult times, as well as strength and inspiration: “It can be an emotional journey, especially in time like these .. in which we are insecure for various reasons.Sometimes you need a break of two hours.And if you treat yourself regularly with this, you can get away from it all a bit and enter another world, regardless of whether you hear it “Music with focus or let your mind wander is almost therapeutic.”

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