Opening Matinee
 

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Sat 9.9.2017, 11 a.m., 2017-9-9T11:00 Kreuzkirche

Opening Matinee

Nike Wagner (Opening address)
Thomas E. Bauer (Baritone)
Beethoven Orchester Bonn
Dirk Kaftan (Conductor)

Jacques Offenbach:
Overture from the opera ‘Die Rheinnixen’

Ludwig van Beethoven:
'An die ferne Geliebte’. Song cycle to words by Alois Jeitteles, op. 98, arranged for orchestra by Felix Weingartner

‘Distant Beloved’

An anonymous medical student brought Beethoven the poems that inspired him to write the first song cycle in music history: ‘An die ferne Geliebte’ (‘To the distant beloved’), completed in April 1816. The poems deal with yearning and invoke everything imaginable to overcome sorrow. Beethoven’s setting not only paved the way to the great song cycles of Schubert and Schumann, it also marks the beginning of his late period. It was this song cycle that gave the motto to the 2017 Beethovenfest. We begin with Felix Weingartner’s orchestral version of 1915, played by our local orchestra under its new general music director. The Beethovenfest’s director, Nike Wagner, gives thought to the creative potential of ‘distant love’, and Father Rhine is aroused by the water sprites of Offenbach’s ‘Les fées du Rhin’ ...

Nike Wagner © Cornelis Gollhardt

Nike Wagner © Cornelis Gollhardt

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