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An Alpine Symphony with Reinhold MessnerStuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra, Christian Schumann (conductor)

Close-up of mountaineer Reinhold Messmer looking directly into the camera with wild gray hair and gray-blue eyes.
Copyright: Ronnie Kiaulehn

Strauss’s “An Alpine Symphony” is like a tone painting, depicting the 22 stations of its composer’s mountain hike to the summit of the Heimgarten and back in 1879. Extreme mountaineer and adventurer Reinhold Messner will accompany the work’s performance in the Isarphilharmonie with his own texts and with photographs of his mountain tours.

Strauss’s “An Alpine Symphony” is like a tone painting, depicting the 22 stations of its composer’s mountain hike to the summit of the Heimgarten and back in 1879. Extreme mountaineer and adventurer Reinhold Messner will accompany the work’s performance in the Isarphilharmonie with his own texts and with photographs of his mountain tours.

The South Tyrolean Reinhold Messner has climbed all 14 eight-thousanders and numerous other peaks on his expeditions – some of them solo – as well as hiking through the Gobi Desert and Antarctica. With his foundation, the “Messner Mountain Foundation”, he supports peoples living in mountain regions throughout the world. He recounts his experiences in numerous books, films, lectures and his own museums and campaigns to make traditional alpinism sustainable.

 

February holds a true summit in store: In addition to its philosophical content, Richard Strauss’ tone-painting “An Alpine Symphony” retraces the composer’s mountain hike to the summit of the Heimgarten and back down in 1879. For the live performance by the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra, Messner accompanies the work with his own texts and photographs of his mountain tours. The extreme mountaineer and adventurer has experienced both the breathtaking beauty and many a life-threatening situation in the untouched alpine nature and now shares these experiences in a very special setting.

  • Reinhold Messner, narrator
  • Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Christian Schumann, conductor

Programme

  • Mozart: Symphony No. 25 in G minor K. 183
  • Richard Strauss: “An Alpine Symphony”, Op 64