16:00 Philharmonie Berlin

Vladimir Jurowski & Frank Peter Zimmermann

Igor Stravinsky

"Circus Polka for a Young Elephant" for orchestra

Igor Stravinsky

Concerto en Ré – Konzert für Violine und Orchester D-Dur

Franz Schubert

Symphony in C major. D. 944 (“The Great”)

Vladimir Jurowski


Frank Peter Zimmermann


Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin

A violin concerto heats up

“The whole orchestra was pounding. A grandiose impression. Unbelievable enthusiasm of the sold-out Philharmonie”, Heinrich Strobel enthused in 1931 after the premiere of Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto. The “Concerto en ré” is a milestone in the orchestral history of the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin (RSB). Stravinsky himself conducted the premiere in Berlin on 23 October 1931 with the Radio Orchestra and soloist Samuil Dushkin. The Berlin Funkstunde concert was one of a whole series of Stravinsky performances by the orchestra at the time. Stravinsky later remembered with praise the second performance of the Violin Concerto with the same instrumentation on 28 October 1932. Stravinsky’s good-natured caricature of the legendary impresario Sergei Diaghilev as an elephant fits in with this. In a china shop?
Schubert was not so lucky during his lifetime. It was only from his estate that the Symphony in C major was premiered by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, after Robert Schumann had found it at Schubert’s brother Ferdinand’s home. Today, it bears witness to Schubert’s complete mastery, who, by virtue of his own inspiration, succeeded in stepping out of the shadow of the admired Beethoven.

Concert introduction: 3.10 p.m., South Foyer, concert introduction by Steffen Georgi

Live radio broadcast DLF Kultur on 29.01.2023, 8:03 p.m.

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