Schoenberg 150

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EQ Alumni Levi Hammer will assist Barbara with preparation for ‘Schoenberg 150’ with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and will also take the positions of rehearsal pianist and assistant conductor to François-Xavier Roth.

Both innovative and compelling: the Concertgebouw Orchestra presents a unique triptych to mark Arnold Schoenberg’s 150th birthday. The ominous one-act Erwartung, featuring the brilliant soprano Barbara Hannigan, is framed by the groundbreaking Fünf Orchesterstücke and the shimmering late-romantic orchestral work Pelleas und Melisande. François-Xavier Roth conducts, and Pierre Audi, the Concertgebouw Orchestra’s creative partner, has designed a visually captivating mise en espace.

The triptych sheds light on the fascinating development of Schoenberg’s music over the course of just a few years. In his great orchestral work Pelleas und Melisande, dating from 1902 and inspired by a tragic love story, we hear echoes of Wagner and Richard Strauss. The nightmarish Erwartung from 1909, which probes the darkest caverns of the soul, forced Schoenberg to abandon tonality. That same year, he composed his Fünf Orchesterstücke, with the middle movement and its subtly fading colour as a resting point.

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