Dear music lovers,
“A fascinating procession of inflected sounds,” ran the notice in the Tagespiegel in response to the Deutsche Oper Berlin orchestra’s rendition of Gustav Mahler’s 3rd Symphony last December. Reviews like this naturally gladden the heart of any orchestra and conductor, but for us they are also confirmation that the dedication and enthusiasm we bring to the planning, rehearsing and delivery of each concert have come across to our audience. That night in December I was again reminded that the orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin possesses its own, singular voice on the concert stage, too - not simply in terms of its sound but also because the musicians are used to telling a story with every note and because they see every tune as having its own dramatic dimension.
It is a quality that enhances the performance of works that are explicitly personal in nature, such as Shostakovitch’s Cello Concerto No.1, played by our solo cellist Arthur Hornig. But more than that, it is expressed in works whose composers were also great conductors of opera and took inspiration from the concert stage when writing their music: Mahler and Strauss. The concerts this season thus include works by both composers: Mahler’s 5th Symphony and Strauss’s “Thus spake Zarathustra”.
Whereas the symphonies of Mahler and the symphonic poems of Strauss possess a dramatic dimension, the operas of Wagner have a symphonic soundscape that comes across best when the orchestra is positioned onstage. For this reason I am particularly delighted that we will be performing the first act of THE VALKYRIE in the Philharmonie during the Musikfest Berlin, the third year in a row that we have been invited to perform at the festival.
It also goes without saying that we will be continuing with other beloved concert series. These include performances at the AIDS gala and the Lions benefit gala and also evenings of chamber music and jazz concerts in the Tischlerei.
We look forward to seeing you.