Friday, 14. May 2021, 8.30 pm
Munich, Philharmonie im Gasteig
Due to the pandemic, this concert will only be broadcast live on the radio. We ask for your understanding.
Biblische Lieder op. 99
Symphony No. 1 c Minor, op. 68
Jakub Hrůša, Conductor
Gerhild Romberger, Alto
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
about the programme
In autumn 2018 the Czech conductor Jakub Hrůša gave his stunning début with the BRSO, playing Josef Suk’s rarely heard monumental Asrael Symphony. The CD release of this live recording received a Pizzicato Supersonic Award. Now Hrůša, the head of the Bamberg Symphony since 2016, will again present repertoire from his native country with contralto Gerhild Romberger. Dvořák once said that his Biblical Songs have to be not only sung, but prayed. These ten psalm settings, composed in New York in 1898, are sustained by a distinctive tone of intimacy and concentration. In contrast, the second part of the programme features the erratic power of Brahms’s First Symphony with its huge emotional range, from a bleak C minor to a warm and radiant alphorn melody and echoes of Beethoven’s Ode to Joy in the finale.
“The whole world is in this symphony!” We were there at the rehearsal of Brahms’ 1st Symphony on May 11, 2021 in the Philharmonie im Gasteig.
BRSO concerts without audience until May 14, 2021
The Bavarian state government decided to extend the lockdown until May 9, 2021, among other measures to contain the corona pandemic. The orchestra’s anticipation of being able to play in front of an audience again after lockdown is great. Unfortunately, it is extremely unlikely that this will be possible before May 14. Therefore the BRSO has decided not to give concerts in front of an audience up to and including May 14, 2021.