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How do you measure the quality of a youth orchestra? Judged by the future careers of its musicians, the National Youth Orchestra of Germany (Bundesjugendorchester) is undoubtedly one of the best ensembles of its kind. Famous soloists such as clarinettist Sabine Meyer and the violist Tabea Zimmermann have their musical roots here – as well as about 20 present members of the Berliner Philharmoniker. Now the orchestra is making a guest appearance at the Philharmonie. You can watch this concert free of charge in the Digital Concert Hall.
The orchestra has also been conducted by many great musicians, including Herbert von Karajan and Simon Rattle. In this concert, General Music Director of the city of Cologne Markus Stenz conducts the orchestra for the first time. In the several weeks of rehearsals he had with the 14- to 19-year-old instrumentalist, he has developed a fascinating programme which could perhaps be given the title “dream worlds”. The main work is Gustav Mahler’s Fifth Symphony, a maze of constantly changing emotions and moods. The famous Adagietto in particular is unmistakably dreamy, with Gustav Mahler giving voice to his newly kindled love for Alma Schindler, who was later to become his wife.
This work is complemented by Detlev Glanert’s Insomnium, subtitled “Adagio for large orchestra,” which was given its premiere in 2010 by the Munich Philharmonic and Christian Thielemann. With its rich string cantilenas, there are similarities to the slow movements of late Romanticism. But just as in a dream, nothing is constant and everything is possible, when orchestral attacks and grotesque musical figures intervene, as if someone is jolted awake from sleep.
The National Youth Orchestra of Germany (Bundesjugendorchester)
Markus Stenz Conductor
Detlev Glanert: Insomnium
Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 5
Live webcast on Sun, 15 Jan 2012, 8 p.m. (Berlin time)
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