Christian Tetzlaff. © Photo: Giorgia Bertazzi
Berg’s Violin Concerto was the composer’s last completed work, and in it he has perfected his exploration of the 12-tone row – using each note of the chromatic octave once as the building blocks of a melody. Berg was already working on a piece in 1935 when he heard of the death at the age of 18 of Manon, the daughter of the architect Walter Gropius and Alma, the widow of the composer Mahler. He poured his grief into the concerto, and inscribed it: ‘To the memory of an angel’. The result is one of the masterpieces of the 20th century. It is played in this concert by the supremely gifted and perceptive German violinist Christian Tetzlaff.
The second half of the concert opens with the UK premiere of Nocturne – Insomnia (2008) by the contemporary Austrian composer Thomas Larcher, and traces a restless night in music.
Schumann’s five-movement Symphony No 3 recalls a visit to Cologne Cathedral by Robert
Schumann and his wife Clara, also a pianist and composer. Coming across a splendid
ceremony there, Schumann embedded references to it in the fourth movement, and after
this solemn visit, the piece emerges optimistically into the sunlight.
|Prom 40: Berg's Violin Concerto, Royal Albert Hall
|Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP | MAP
|South Kensington (underground)
On 15 Aug 17, 7:00 PM – 9:25 PM
|£6 - £40