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5 Dec '20

Concert
5 Dec '20

B’Rock Orchestra

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  • 05 December 2020 | Victoria Hall Geneva | 20:00

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Towards the end of his life, Mozart became friends with Anton Stadler, the composer's Masonic lodge brother and clarinettist of the Vienna Court Orchestra. The relationship prompted Mozart to write several works for this outstanding virtuoso who significantly contributed to the development of his instrument. After two chamber music pieces - the "Kegelstatt" Trio K. 498 and the Clarinet Quintet K. 581 - and obbligato parts in two arias from his opera La Clemenza di Tito, the composer set to work shortly before his death on his very last concerto, which he also dedicated to Stadler. Leaving aside the Requiem commissioned by Count Walsegg, Mozart went back to his project of a basset horn concerto that had already been penned in 1789. The A major Concerto K. 622 was probably written for a basset clarinet built by Stadler himself, which allowed Mozart to add four extra notes in the lowest register. Since Stadler later lost (or sold?) the manuscript, it has not been possible to determine which were these added notes. After the composer's death, the use of the "standard" clarinet became the norm and performers got into the habit of transposing the lowest notes an octave higher. Throughout this concerto, Mozart made the most of the full sound and melodic flexibility of the clarinet, combining a perfect mastery of concertante writing with his artistry in the field of chamber music. The Clarinet Concerto K. 622 is more than just an instrumental masterpiece. Mozart's final symphonic production can undoubtedly be perceived as a hymn of praise for universal brotherhood. The work was first published ten years after Mozart's death.
The second of Schubert's symphonies in C major, labelled "The Great" (as opposed to the "little" Sixth Symphony of 1818) is the composer's last symphonic production. It is not, however, a late work, although the first page of the manuscript bears the indication "March 1828". Schubert's Ninth Symphony is, in fact, the work he wrote in 1825 during a summer stay in Gmunden (Upper Austria). The composer had made reference to a symphony in his correspondence on several occasion, but no score had been found. The manuscript was actually among the documents which Ferdinand Schubert had kept after brother's death. Schumann laid hands on the Symphony in C major while going through this precious heritage. The piece had as yet never been performed in public, the Vienna Society of Music Friends having decided that the work was too long and difficult to play! Thanks to Schumann, the symphony was finally premiered (albeit with a few cuts!) in Leipzig on 21 March 1839, with Mendelssohn at the head of the Gewandhaus Orchestra. After Breitkopf & Härtel had published the work in 1840, Schumann wrote a laudatory article in which he highlighted the "heavenly length" of this highly original symphony. The piece constitutes the pinnacle of Schubert's efforts in the field of the symphony, against which he had long struggled. The composer himself was very satisfied with this final symphony in C major, a key that corresponds to an optimistic vision of the world in Schubert's production. "How refreshing is this feeling of overflowing wealth" confirmed Schumann in his lines devoted to this "Great" Symphony D. 944.

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The name of this orchestra is misleading, even though the ensemble founded in 2005 in Ghent first set out to bring a breath of fresh air to the field of early music. Over the years, the B'Rock Orchestra has expanded its horizon the classical, romantic and contemporary repertoires. The orchestra prefers to work with a wide range of soloists and guest conductors rather than with an appointed music director. It is involved in a wide variety of projects, initiating a vibrant dialogue between music and other art forms and addressing the broadest possible audience. René Jacobs is a long-standing member of the B'Rock's artistic family. The orchestra already performed with the Flemish conductor in 2012 as part of a partnership with the Théâtre de la Monnaie. Their most recent joint project was a recording of the complete Schubert symphonies. The B'Rock Orchestra is well established on the Flemish music scene but has also been welcomed on prestigious stages worldwide.

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