The joys of discovery
3rd First Night subscription concert
Works by Tüür, Bruch and Mendelssohn
Max Bruch was born in Bergisch Gladbach – a stone’s throw away from Cologne – a Rhinelander through and through. His violin concerto could appear on any album in the series ›Music for the Millions‹, yet Bruch has much more to offer. This great but underrated composer left his mark everywhere – not just along the Rhine but also in the pages of western musical history itself. The rarely performed double concerto is a veritable jewel. Composed in 1911 it stands entirely in the shadow of the more famous violin concerto. Two accomplished soloists are required for this work; Matthew Hunt and Nils Mönkemeyer are true luminaries of their instruments. Hunt has been a member of The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen since 2007 and Mönkemeyer is appearing for the first time in Bremen. The Bruch concerto will be flanked by two works which also merit greater attention: ›Flamma‹ by Erkki-Sven Tüür – premiered in 2011 – and Felix Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 1 – often overshadowed by his later symphonies.
*After Paavo Järvi regrettably had to cancel his concerts on 28th 29th and 30th March 2019 due to ill health, Jonathan Bloxham has very kindly agreed to step in at short notice and conduct an unchanged programme at all three performances.*