Title: Europakonzert from Berlin
Conductor: Daniel Barenboim
Artist: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
The founding of the Berliner Philharmoniker on the first of May in 1882, is annually celebrated with a concert in an European city of cultural significance. In 2014 the EUROPAKONZERT took again place in Berlin. The concert was conducted by a man who has been associated with the Berliner Philharmoniker for 50 years: Daniel Barenboim. Otto Nicolai's The Merry Wives of Windsor, which received its premiere in Berlin in 1849, is based on William Shakespeare's comedy of the same name, and its lively overture has long since secured a place on the concert stage. Also inspired by a Shakespearean comedy hero is Edward Elgar's symphonic study Falstaff. We then turn from comedy to the tragic twists of fate: The Fifth Symphony of Pyotr Tchaikovsky is characterized by a sombre main theme that for the Russian composer symbolizes "a complete resignation before fate, which is the same as the inscrutable predestination of fate".
Otto Nicolai: Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor (The Merry Wives of Windsor): Overture
Edward Elgar: Falstaff, Op. 68
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, Op. 64
Issued: United States | EUROARTS