An explosion of colours
Fri 06 September
It begins with great orchestral music: Beethoven, in his Sixth Symphony, created the most beautiful of all nature paintings while pressing forward to new forms. The ‘Pastoral’ has five movements instead of the usual four. Frank Martin and Béla Bartók... more
An explosion of colours
Two hotheads
Sat 07 September
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach stands for the transition from the Baroque to the Classical era, for a new and sensitive ‘personal’ style abounding in surprises and contrasts. But what connects him with his much younger fellow-composer Beethoven? His early... more
Two hotheads
Moon landing and Pastoral
Sat 14 September
Ever since the invention of the telescope mankind has longed to land on the moon. There’s no shortage of satirical and utopian travelogues. The classical silent movie ‘Journey to the Moon’, by the pioneering French filmmaker Georges Méliès (1902),... more
Moon landing and Pastoral
Nocturne V
Sun 15 September
The recipient of countless awards and laurels, Dorothee Oberlinger has opened up previously unimagined realms of expression for the ‘humble’ recorder. Here she presents a selection from her current repertoire, accompanied by the baroque ensemble Sonatori... more
Nocturne V
Battle of images
Sun 22 September
The Cologne choreographer Stephanie Thiersch has transferred a traditional game to the present day. Here tableaux vivants, a popular parlour game in Beethoven’s day, meet contemporary dance and live music. The result is a ballet noir that brazenly plunders... more
Battle of images
Beethoven – with interludes
Fri 27 September
Beethoven wrote his first Mass setting for Haydn’s long-term em- ployer, Prince Nikolaus II Esterházy. Although he drew on the style of his former teacher, he misjudged the taste of the prince, who called the Mass ‘unbearably ridiculous and detestable’.... more
Beethoven – with interludes