»MPHIL 360°«

The first concert of the Munich Philharmonic, then known as the »Kaim Orchestra«, was held on 13 October 1893. Both the timing and the programme of this year’s »MPHIL 360°« festival is reminiscent of the Munich Philharmonic’s concerts in its first years of existence.

FAMILY CONCERT

The Nutcracker with a twist: From a selection of music from Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky’s »Nutcracker«, a whole new story full of surprises unfolds. Recommended for children from 6 years; duration: 60 minutes without intermission.

FESTIVAL CONCERT WITH THE »SYMPHONY OF A THOUSAND«

The grand festival concert on Saturday 13 October 2018 pays homage to one of the most important events in the history of the Munich Philharmonic: the world première of the 8th Symphony – the »Symphony of a Thousand« –, conducted by its composer Gustav Mahler himself.

BIRTHDAY MATINEE WITH A HISTORIC PROGRAMME

On Sunday 14 October 2018, the orchestra celebrates itself. At the Birthday Matinee, works with special historical references are on the programme: Opening the very first concert of the »Kaim Orchestra« was Smetana’s overture to »The Bartered Bride«. Paul Hindemith was closely associated with the orchestra, and the Munich Philharmonic even performed the European première of his »Symphonic Metamorphoses«. Sergiu Celibidache had bells specially made for this work, which are still in the orchestra’s possession. Anton Bruckner also had close ties with the Munich Philharmonic during his lifetime. Posthumously, in 1947, the Munich Philharmonic also played the world première of Bruckner’s »Symphonic Prelude«. A copy of the handwritten score and all orchestral parts of this work can be found exclusively in the orchestra’s music archive. Valery Gergiev will conduct from this historical score.

For his inaugural concert in September 2015, Valery Gergiev chose Gustav Mahler’s Second Symphony. The »Andante« from this work was included in the programme of the orchestra’s first ever guest performance at the Vienna Musikverein in 1898 – the beginning of a long-standing relationship with the composer. The last work of the Birthday Matinee, the prelude to the first »Aufzug der Meistersinger« was performed in 1897, when Gustav Mahler conducted the »Kaim Orchestra« for the first time and at the first concert in Vienna.

TAILCOAT MEETS TRADITIONAL COSTUME AT BLASMUSIK 360°

Our joint special concert celebrates two birthdays: 125 years of the Munich Philharmonic and 65 years of the Musikbund von Ober- und Niederbayern e. V. (MON), which is a partner of the »Spielfeld Klassik« education programme. With around 50,000 members, the MON maintains and promotes the tradition of brass music as well as active music making in society and supports young musicians. Members of the Munich Philharmonic support this venture with mentoring, rehearsals and concerts. In addition to the rehearsals, two members of the Munich Philharmonic – Albert Osterhammer and Raffaele Giannotti – will also assume the roles of conductor and soloist. The participating musicians of the MON will be specially selected for this concert and will work side-by-side with the professionals in the »Project Orchestra«.

A SALON CONCERT JUST LIKE IN THE GOOD OLD DAYS

In the early years of the Munich Philharmonic, when the »Kaim Orchestra« was still privately financed, there were various popular formats in addition to the subscription concerts: the »Volkssymphoniekonzerte«, the »Populäre Konzerte«, guest concerts in Bad Kissingen and entertainment concerts with food and drink. The 14 October 1893 edition of Munich daily Münchner Neueste Nachrichten stated that »In addition, every Sunday afternoon (for the first time on Oct. 15), from 3 to 6 o’clock [...] light entertainment concerts with hospitality at set tables will be held«. Almost 125 years later, to the day, we are reviving this wonderful idea: Members of the Munich Philharmonic create a varied programme, in which historical references and musical surprises go hand in hand with food and drink in a congenial atmosphere.

FRIENDSHIP CONCERT OF THE MARIINSKY ORCHESTRA

The well-wishers will include no less than the Mariinsky Orchestra, which, as a birthday present, will play for us the one-act opera »Iolanta« by Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky. Tchaikovsky’s last opera composition, »Iolanta« premièred in December 1892 at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg and had its German première in Hamburg under the baton of Gustav Mahler in 1893, the year Tchaikovsky died. Love with Obstacles is the theme of the opera, in which princess Iolanta is cured of her blindness before finding her true love. Love with Obstacles is also the subject of a poem by Richard Dehmel, which inspired Arnold Schönberg to write his string sextet »Verklärte Nacht« (Transfigured Night).


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Credits: Hans Engels