Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne
GO Plus - Season 2017/18
(in progress)
Director: Hans Hadulla
Live-Stream for: Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne
Streaming dates: Oct. 3rd, 2017 | Feb. 6th, 2018
16:9 shot in 1080i HD | 5.1 surround sound
© 2017 / 2018, a BFMI production for Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne
The Gürzenich Or­chestra Cologne makes its performances archive avail­able on de­mand with GO PLUS, the or­chestra’s stream­ing platform, present­ing a se­lection of entire concerts performed by the Gürzenich Or­chestra from each sea­son. The concert HD streams of the 2017/18 sea­son, recorded live in Cologne’s Philharmonie include:

Bruckner | Ligeti
Christian Tetzlaff, violin
Gürzenich-Orchester Köln
François-Xavier Roth, conductor

Bruckner’s 3rd Symphony is a piece where these seemingly contradictory aspects are especially obvious, particularly when one looks at the first version which is performed in Cologne. On one hand one can hear what he owes to Wagner, to whom he dedicated this symphony. On the other hand one can also hear the influences of the old German contrapuntal tradition. And then, there is this sometimes naive and very pure side of his invention.
That is something François-Xavier Roth finds in Ligeti, too: musical invention on the highest abstract level and a wonderfully alienated folk aspect, obligations to an old form – in this case the concerto – but a total transformation of this model from a modern point of view. These are the reasons why these two pieces lie next to each other marvellously. On another level, the Ligeti Violin Concerto is a piece that belongs to the Cologne heritage: It was premiered by our neighbour orchestra, the WDR Symphony. It is rare that a city has two great orchestras who are at the same time so deeply involved with the contemporary creation.

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