1st Symphony Concert
The honorary conductor George Alexander Albrecht, who has established himself as a composer in recent years with chamber music, songs, choral works, an oratorio and an opera, composed his first symphony for the Staatskapelle Weimar, specifically tailored to the orchestra’s instrumental proficiency and technical virtuosity. Based on texts by the contemporary writer Ulla Hahn, the symphony highlights the conflict between the ideal world of art and intellect and a reality dominated by ridicule, doubt, contempt and profit-mongering. And ultimately, in the face of hopelessness, the music finds its resolution in silence.
The programme concludes with Brahms’ first piano concerto which marked a milestone in the composer’s musical career. With its abundant contrasts and rich sonority, the masterful work, which arose from sketches for a sonata for two pianos and then a symphony, possesses an almost symphonic thematic density expressed in dialogic interplay between the soloist and orchestra. A real revolution in the genre!