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Munich Philharmonic: Gubaidulina / Rachmaninoff / StraussRafael Payare (conductor)

Conductor Rafael Payare sits on an armchair and looks frontally into the camera
Copyright: Gerardioi Collett

Dreaming up a story and immersing oneself in another world – Sofia Gubaidulina was fascinated by the Czech fairy tale “The Little Piece of Chalk”, which seemed to her so symbolic of an artist’s fate.

Dreaming up a story and immersing oneself in another world – Sofia Gubaidulina was fascinated by the Czech fairy tale “The Little Piece of Chalk”, which seemed to her so symbolic of an artist’s fate.

  • Kyohei Sorita, piano
  • Jano Lisboa, viola
  • Michael Hell, cello
  • Rafael Payare, conductor

A small piece of chalk for writing on blackboards escapes from the tedium of school life and finds fulfilment in art, even as it dissolves in the drawing of beautiful worlds. An altogether different piece of writing made a lasting impression on Richard Strauss: Cervantes’ novel about the grotesque experiences of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, which Cosima Wagner had recommended to him. His symphonic poem is not merely a series of “Fantastic Variations on a Theme of Knightly Character”, but also a kind of sinfonia concertante, in which the solo cello represents Don Quixote, and the solo viola together with the low winds Sancho Panza. The Munich Philharmonic’s very own Jano Lisboa takes over the viola solo part, while Michael Hell, our long-time concert master on cello, bids farewell to the orchestra this colourful concert programme.

Programme

  • Sofia Gubaidulina: “Fairytale Poem” for orchestra
  • Sergei Rachmaninoff: Concerto for piano and orchestra No 2 in C minor, Op 18
  • Richard Strauss: “Don Quixote”, Op 35, Fantastic Variations on a Theme of Knightly Character for orchestra