Concerts 2020

The festival concerts will take place from July 12th - 17th at Herlufsholm with repeats in Munich July 18th - 19th

Festival 2020 will celebrate Beethoven 250th with Mendelssohn, Niels W. Gade and Shostakovich

String Quartett (NN) & Henschel Quartett (ensemble in residence) 

THE SORCERER AND HIS PUPIL
The Music history is full of astonishing ‘Wunderkinder’, exceptionally gifted children and youth with a talent that appears miraculously - "a wonder of nature", Leopold Mozart wrote about his son when Wolfgang was six years old. Felix Mendelssohn was the child of the upper class, his background and education was the best imaginable, but it cannot explain how he, as a 16-year-old, could write one of the most sparkling masterpieces, the outstanding original and engaging octet of 1825 for eight soloist strings.
Danish Niels Wilhelm Gade was lucky to be "discovered" by Mendelssohn just at the time when the Leipziger was a mega-name of his time. When he premiered Gade's 1st symphony in 1842, the success was so daunting that a Danish state paid for the 25-year-old Gade's trip to Leipzig, where he quickly made his own career. When Mendelssohn died only 38-year-old, Gade took over as the head of the Gewandhaus orchestra. And this was a decisive factor in the fact that he also composed an octet with Mendelssohn's great work as a model. A tribute to a brilliant mentor, and a thank you to Gade still alive achieved the status of his country's most famous composer ever.
/Karl Aage Rasmussen


TROLDMANDEN OG HANS LÆRLING 

Musikhistorien er fuld af forbløffende Wunderkinder, exceptionelt begavede børn og unge med et talent der forekommer mirakuløst - "et naturens vidunder" skrev Leopold Mozart om sin søn, da Wolfgang var seks år gammel. Felix Mendelssohn var barn af overklassen, hans baggrund og uddannelse var den bedst tænkelige, men det kan ikke forklare hvordan han som 16-årig kunne skrive et af kammermusikkens mest funklende mesterværker, den enestående originale og medrivende oktet fra 1825 for otte solistiske strygere.
Danske Niels Wilhelm Gade havde det held at blive "opdaget" af Mendelssohn netop på det tidspunkt da Leipzigeren var sin tids mega-navn. Da han i 1842 opførte Gades første symfoni, var successen så stormende at et dansk statslegat betalte for den 25-årige Gades rejse til Leipzig, hvor han hurtigt selv gjorde karriere. Da Mendelssohn døde allerede som 38-årig, overtog Gade stillingen som chef for Gewandhaus-orkestret. Og det medvirkede til at han nu selv komponerede en oktet med Mendelssohns storværk som forbillede. En hyldest til en genial mentor, og en tak for at Gade i levende live opnåede status som sit lands mest berømte komponist nogensinde.
/Karl Aage Rasmussen

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