• Sun. 20.02.
  • 8.00 p.m.
  • Bremen
    ·Die Glocke
  • For this event the 2G rule applies

Sounds of Fate

Works by Shostakovich, Brahms and Schubert

Although Schubert’s 4th symphony is dubbed ›The Tragic‹, the light-hearted final movement in C major ends this concert featuring heavyweights of the concert repertoire on a conciliatory note. The highly acclaimed Lied and opera singer Matthias Goerne, who has long-standing ties with the orchestra, sings the Brahms cycle ›Vier ernste Gesänge‹ (›Four Serious Songs‹), alongside a selection of orchestrated Brahms Lieder and a selection of biblical texts set to music on the theme of death and transience as well as faith, love and hope. Latvian conductor Andris Poga, whose career also includes two years as assistant to Paavo Järvi, also performs the autobiographical String Quartet No. 8 by Dmitri Shostakovich as a chamber symphony for string orchestra, which was dedicated ›In memory of the victims of fascism and war‹, but was essentially a critical appraisal of the desperate situation in the Soviet Union at the end of the 1950s.

Please note: From 14th February, Bremen once again moves into alert level 3. This mean that we can admit bigger audiences to our concerts. The so-called 2G rule will then apply (vaccinated or recovered) – without contact tracing and additional testing. Nevertheless, to ensure your safe concert visit, we will continue to apply the tried-and-tested checkerboard arrangement for seating to enable social distancing. Please be sure to inform yourself about the current hygiene regulations in place at The Glocke prior to the concert.

Tickets: for subscription holders, from Tuesday 01.02, available for general purchase from Tuesday 08.02.

Programme

    • Dmitri Shostakovich (1906–1975)
    • Chamber symphony op. 110a
    • Johannes Brahms (1833–1897)
    • Wie bist du, meine Königin op. 32/9 (arr. by Alexander Schmalcz)
    • Johannes Brahms
    • An den Mond op. 71/2 (arr. by Alexander Schmalcz)
    • Johannes Brahms
    • Sommerfäden op. 72/2 (arr. by Alexander Schmalcz)
    • Johannes Brahms
    • Meerfahrt op. 96/4 (arr. by Alexander Schmalcz)
    • Johannes Brahms
    • Vier ernste Gesänge op. 121 (arr. by Alexander Schmalcz)
    • Franz Schubert (1797–1828)
    • Symphony No. 4 in C minor D 417 ›Tragic‹

Baritone

Matthias Goerne

Matthias Goerne is one of today’s most versatile and sought-after baritones. The spectrum of his operatic roles ranges from the great Wagnerian and Strauss roles right through to Alban Berg. Born in Weimar, he studied with Dietrich Fischer-Diskau and today makes regular guest appearances on the world’s greatest stages and at the most distinguished festivals – from the Wiener Staatsoper and the Metropolitan Opera New York to La Scala Milan – and has collaborated with almost all of the greatest orchestras and conductors. In the 2018/19 season, following on from his sojourn as “Artist in Residence” at the Elbphilharmonie, Matthias Goerne was invited to take part in a concert series with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.

Matthias Goerne has also reached the peak of international acclaim as an ambassador for German Lieder. In addition, he also dedicates himself to the discovery and premieres of significant new music and contemporary works.  For his many recordings, this sought-after singer has received numerous awards, including a Grammy and the German Record Critics’ Prize. In 2017 he was awarded an Echo Klassik in the category ›Singer of the Year‹. He has been associated with the Deutsche Kammer­philharmonie Bremen for many years. One highlight of this long-standing collaboration was the performance of Brahms’ ›Requiem‹ in Bremen Cathedral.

Conductor

Andris Poga

Andris Poga is the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra’s Chief Conductor. Previous to this he was the Music Director of the Latvian National Orchestra in Riga for eight years. As Guest Conductor, he is also prized by many distinguished international orchestras. His most recent highlights include concerts with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, with the Orchestre de Paris, the Münchner Philharmoniker, the Wiener Sinfoniker and also the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zurich.

Born in Riga, Andris Poga completed his conducting studies at the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music und Philosophy at Latvia State University. Poga won first prize at the renowned ›Evgeny Svetlanov‹ international conducting competition in Montpellier in 2010. Following this success, Paavo Järvi awarded him a 3-year post as Assistant Conductor to the Orchestre de Paris. In 2012 he was appointed to the same position with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He celebrated his international breakthrough in 2014 on a tour of Asia with the Münchner Philharmoniker, during which he stood in for Lorin Maazel and Valery Gergiev. In February 2022, Andris Poga celebrates his debut with the Deutsche Kammer­philharmonie Bremen and joins the orchestra and Matthias Goerne on tour.

Baritone

Matthias Goerne

Matthias Goerne is one of today’s most versatile and sought-after baritones. The spectrum of his operatic roles ranges from the great Wagnerian and Strauss roles right through to Alban Berg. Born in Weimar, he studied with Dietrich Fischer-Diskau and today makes regular guest appearances on the world’s greatest stages and at the most distinguished festivals – from the Wiener Staatsoper and the Metropolitan Opera New York to La Scala Milan – and has collaborated with almost all of the greatest orchestras and conductors. In the 2018/19 season, following on from his sojourn as “Artist in Residence” at the Elbphilharmonie, Matthias Goerne was invited to take part in a concert series with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.

Matthias Goerne has also reached the peak of international acclaim as an ambassador for German Lieder. In addition, he also dedicates himself to the discovery and premieres of significant new music and contemporary works.  For his many recordings, this sought-after singer has received numerous awards, including a Grammy and the German Record Critics’ Prize. In 2017 he was awarded an Echo Klassik in the category ›Singer of the Year‹. He has been associated with the Deutsche Kammer­philharmonie Bremen for many years. One highlight of this long-standing collaboration was the performance of Brahms’ ›Requiem‹ in Bremen Cathedral.