Pablo
Thu 10 March 2022 - 8 pm & Fri 11 March 2022 - 8 pm | Philharmonie Berlin & Konzerthaus Berlin

Devotion of the heart

Pablo Heras-Casado & Marina Heredia

A sultry afternoon, a fiery evening, dancing the night away. The Spaniard's RSB debut entices with pure passion

from € 20 Symphony concert

Programme

Claude Debussy “Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune”

Manuel de Falla “El amor brujo” – Ballett in einem Akt für Mezzosopran und Orchester

Béla Bartók Concerto for orchestra

Cast

Pablo Heras-Casado - Conductor

Marina Heredia - Soprano

Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin

Concert with

Kindly supported by

Spanische Botschaft in Deutschland

Devotion of the heart

A sultry afternoon, a fiery evening, dancing the night away. The RSB debut of Spaniard Pablo Heras-Casado entices us with pure passion. To begin, a lusty faun; he peers upon nymphs and naiads bathing on a hot summer day – nothing more to it. But the way in which Debussy manifests the buck-footed fellow daydreaming in the sun and trying to chase the giggling nymphs is difficult to grasp, literally: the music does not approach the text in a pictorial or descriptive manner, but rather by illuminating moods, pondering scents, squinting into the light.

De Falla’s ballet music El amor brujo (Love, the magician) at times gets quite a bit more brusque. Here, it constantly switches between rugged rhythmic outbursts and tender, yearning singing in the manner of gypsy music. Harmonically, El amor brujo also leans towards gypsy scales: minor sixth and major seventh give the characteristic lamenting tone. Gypsy music was not exactly what Béla Bartók had in mind when he sought to combine Hungarian folklore and art music throughout his life. The Concerto for Orchestra, a centrepiece of 20th century orchestral literature is, typical of Hungarian and Romanian folk music, constructed on the interval of a fourth. Moreover, Bartók gives new meaning to the baroque concertante principle – the coexistence and juxtaposition of different instruments and groups – by effectively expanding it to the entire symphony orchestra.

 

Ticket information

Thu 10 March 2022 - 8 pm Philharmonie Berlin

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Fri 11 March 2022 - 8 pm Konzerthaus Berlin

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