8.7. - 17.7.22

La Capitale d' Été

Summer Festival Baden-Baden

In his travel guide from 1847, Eugène Guinot wrote: “If an uninformed person asked what the capital of Europe is, he would be told that Europe has two: a winter capital – Paris, and a summer capital – Baden.” Conductor and pianist Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe will take up this idea and illuminate it from a musical perspective. The nineteenth century’s summer capital serves the musicians as a place where they can try out unusual artistic configurations and break new ground in programming. The music director of New York’s Metropolitan Opera and the top-class orchestra from the "Old World" will immerse themselves in the atmosphere of Baden-Baden. Johannes Brahms, Clara Schumann, and the rediscovered French composer Louise Farrenc are on the program for 2022 – with the exception of Farrenc, all “summer capital residents.”

Program

8.7.22

Y. Nézet-Séguin: Brahms Cycle I

The Brahms Cycle I presents the First Symphony by Johannes Brahms. and the Piano Concerto by Clara Schumann, who was only 16 years old at the time - an original discovery for many visitors, with soloist Beatrice Rana at the piano.

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9.7.22

Y. Nézet-Séguin: Chamber music I

Precious piano music for four hands: Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Beatrice Rana perform works by Maurice Ravel, Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms and Franz Schubert.

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10.7.22

Y. Nézet-Séguin: Brahms Cycle II

Brahms Cycle II combines the music of the friendly composers Brahms and Schumann. Schumann's Piano Concerto, dedicated by the composer to his wife Clara, is performed by pianist Beatrice Rana. Brahms' Symphony No. 2, completed in Baden-Baden, was at times called "Die Lichtentaler".

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15.7.22

Y. Nézet-Séguin: Brahms Cycle III

The second movement is a portrait of Clara Schumann, Johannes Brahms said of his first piano concerto. The work, with Seong-Jin Cho at the piano, is complemented by the Third Symphony by Louise Farrenc, the French Romantic whose music has only been rediscovered in the last 30 years.

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16.7.22

Y. Nézet-Séguin: Chamber Music II

Yannick Nézet-Séguin interprets works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart with musician friends of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.

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17.7.22

Y. Nézet-Séguin: Brahms Cycle IV

Brahms' Second Piano Concerto demands the most difficult finger acrobatics from the soloist and is accordingly notorious. Here it will be played by the winner of the Warsaw Chopin Competition Seong-Jin Cho. This will be followed by the Second Symphony by the French Romantic composer Louise Ferrenc.

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