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6th Philharmonic Concert / Johannes Brahms/Luciano Berio: Clarinet Sonata no. 1 in F Minor op. 120/1 / Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony no. 10 E Minor op. 93

Heidelberg Congress Center
Shirley Brill

Sounds of Farewell: In 1894, shortly before his death, Johannes Brahms wrote two sonatas for clarinet and piano. They are his farewell to his instrumental compositions so to say and are characterised by a wistful tone. Italian composer Luciano Berio (died in 2003) has edited the first of these two sonatas. For him, the sound is most important: Large orchestra instead of chamber music.

Dmitri Shostakovich’s tenth symphony was the first great composition after the death of Russian dictator Joseph Stalin. Premiered in 1953, the work is considered to call to account Stalin’s regime. Musicologist Bernd Feuchtner describes the first movement as an »image of madness«.

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