Motto - In the light

Beethoven "is a purely Romantic composer", declared E.T.A. Hoffmann. Beethoven’s influence left its mark not just on the music of the Romantic period, in which almost all musical genres made some reference to Beethoven’s oeuvre. Likewise it was during Beethoven’s lifetime that the soloist increasingly developed into an artistic personality in his own right. This marked the starting point for the idealized view of the artist in the Romantic imagination: the cult of the celebrity and the genius was born. It is against this background that the motto "In the Light" is to be understood, drawing attention as it does to fascinating artistic personalities. Look forward to celebrities and virtuoso performers who, with leading orchestras, are never out of the glare of publicity, such as Kent Nagano, Ingo Metzmacher, Sol Gabetta, Valery Gergiev, Gustavo Dudamel and Maurizio Pollini. Dare to confront the innovative orchestral models and their programmatic approaches for which the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen stands. Under the baton of Paavo Järvi they will provide new listening experiences with a new Beethoven symphony cycle.

The string quartet experienced its heyday with Beethoven: what new formats with what bordercrossing artistic potential do we have today? This is the question we shall be asking over a weekend with four international young string quartets. Classic Quartet meets Hip Hop – something for you to experience at the concerts given by einshoch6 and the Minguet Quartett, which are being organized in their entirety by a school-student management team as a pilot project.

This year too we have been able to develop most events exclusively for you, something for which we have to thank our loyal high-quality sponsors and benefactors, who share our values and our concept to the enjoyment of us all!

Ihre Ilona Schmiel

Director of the Beethovenfest Bonn

Bonn, March 2009