Thomas Hengelbrock III

Program change: Johannes Brahms Third Symphony with the Balthasar Neumann Ensemble

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Up for a few musical note games? “f-a-f”: “Frei aber froh” (Free, but happy)! These three notes open Brahms’s Third Symphony, running directly counter to the composer’s earlier “Frei aber einsam” (f-a-e, Free, but lonely) – it was to this motto that Brahms’s Deutsches Requiem responded with consolation. Though it must be said: with this composer, nothing is ever unambiguously clear. The “f-a-f” of the Third also takes on a slightly more somber hue as it shifts into minor with “f-a-flat-f.” As a motto, it haunts the entire symphony, long considered his most popular. The third movement helped the film Goodbye Again to fame. At once melancholy and melodious, it is like a drab November day lightened by hearing a cheerful waltz – and thus the perfect fit for our Brahms weekend, which will be further enriched this morning with music by the Strauss family.

Photo that shows Katharina Konradi 11 C Simon Pauly.


Program change: The Orchester National de France is not yet on tour again. Thomas Hengelbrock is therefore creating a program with the Balthasar Neumann Ensemble with Johannes Brahms Third Symphony as well as the waltz “Seid umschlungen, Millionen” and two arias by Johann Strauß. The soloist is the soprano Katharina Konradi.

The event will be taking place as announced – although due to the coronavirus safety measures, there will be no intermission.

Please note: due to the current hygiene and distancing requirements, the seating plan of the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden has changed. In autumn we will be permitted, for the time being, to use approximately 500 of the 2000 usually available seats. Our Ticketing Service Center will contact you if necessary and select the best seats for you. In the event that we have to offer you a lower seating category, you will be reimbursed the difference.

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