Christian Gerhaher

Sweet bitterness and beautiful singing

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Schubert is a discreet composer – and with this in mind, today’s concert approaches the composer from a side path. With Heinz Holliger, the Kammerorchester Basel, and songs by Othmar Schoeck, we might call it a Swiss approach. Holliger, an oboist, conductor, and composer, is his nation’s most prominent artist. He is bringing along one of the most renowned Lied singers of our day, German baritone Christian Gerhaher, who will be performing songs by Swiss composer Othmar Schoeck. The latter’s Elegie reveals the influence of Schubert in its sorrow, with nuances ranging from sweetness to despair. And now on to Schubert himself: at the age of just sixteen, the composer would escape in fantasies of death, even composing a piece of funeral music for himself which, despite its brevity, is among his most beautiful works. It will be performed this evening together with a new composition by Heinz Holliger that offers a musical response and commentary on Schubert’s funeral music. And last but not least, listeners can also look forward to Schubert’s celebrated B-minor Symphony, known as the “Unfinished.”

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Franz Schubert
Nonet in E-flat minor (“Franz Schubert’s Burial Celebration”), D. 79

Heinz Holliger
Premiere of new work with reference to the “Franz Schubert’s Burial Celebration” Nonet

Franz Schubert
Symphony No. 8 in B minor (“Unfinished”), D. 759


Othmar Schoeck
Elegie, op. 36

In German with German and English supertitles.