Presented by: Musikwoche Hitzacker
A. ROUSSEL: Serenade for flute, string trio and harp
W.A. MOZART: Grande Sestetto Concertante
work by T. TAKEMITSU: tbc
Gaël Gandino harp
Musicians of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra
ABOUT THIS CONCERT
Starting in 2024, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra (MCO) will take over the Artistic Direction of the renowned Musikwoche Hitzacker for five years. Titled, aus Leidenschaft (Out of Passion) the festival's 38th edition will reflect the MCO's own passion for music and their wish to engage in an active dialogue with audiences and the festival itself.
The program of this evening highlights the versatility of the MCO's musicians, presenting three very different compositions from different countries and periods, showcasing how chamber music is always about the constant dialogue between musicians, the pieces which are played, and the audience.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart actually never wrote a sextet. His Grande sestetto concertante is an arrangement for 2 violins, 2 violas and 2 violoncellos of his very successful Sinfonia concertante KV 364, which was published by an anonymous author in 1807.
The French composer Albert Roussel (1869 - 1937) turned to music late in life, having before spent seven years working as a midshipman. His Serenade, composed in 1925, is claimed by many to be his best chamber music composition. Roussel was a very popular composer in between-war Paris: Satie, Varèse and Martinu were among his students.
About his Japanese colleague Toru Takemitsu (1930 - 1996), the American composer John Cage once said: "I can well imagine Toru Takemitsu travelling through Japan, not to capture different aspects of the moon, but, let's say, to experience the wind whistling through different trees, and returning to the city with a gift."
Photo: (c) Geoffroy Schied & Lucerne Festival