Tabea Zimmermann

Thursday, 20. April 2023, 8.00 pm
Munich, Isarphilharmonie
Introduction 6.45 pm

Friday, 21. April 2023, 8.00 pm
Munich, Isarphilharmonie
Introduction 6.45 pm


Karl Amadeus Hartmann
Symphony No. 4 for string orchestra


Benjamin Britten
»Lachrimae« for viola and strings, op. 48a - Reflections on a song of Dowland

Dmitri Shostakovich
Chamber Symphony in C Minor, Op. 110a

Tabea Zimmermann, Viola/Direction

Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks

Tabea Zimmermann © Marco Borggreve

Information about the programme

Oppression, tears, death: the final concert in Tabea Zimmermann’s BRSO residency takes place under the banner of tragedy. This multiple prize-winning violist will guide us through the evening with three pieces for string orchestra. Hartmann’s work was originally written in 1938 as Symphony for String Orchestra and Soprano. Banned by the Nazi’s as “degenerate music”, it was reworked into his purely instrumental Fourth Symphony in 1946-47, building a broad arch from pensive introspection to savage tumult. In Britten’s Lachrymae of 1976, Ms Zimmermann plays the melancholy viola solo. The title alludes to Dowland’s Lachrimae Pavane, thereby allowing Britten to reference a genre – the pavane – that has often served as a memorial to a deceased person. Another memorial to the deceased, “the victims of fascism and war”, is Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony. Originally composed in Dresden as a string quartet in 1960, it confronts listeners with the devastations of World War II.


Tabea Zimmermann © Marco Borggreve

Artist in Residence: Tabea Zimmermann

Violist Tabea Zimmermann inspires audiences around the world with her wonderful, dark timbre viola sound and her impressive playing technique. Together with her as artist in residence, we will perform three diverse concert programs – predominantly with works from the 20th and 21st centuries.

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