January 25, 2018 | 19:30
Allow this concert to be a work of art in its entirety: the morbid charm of the old silent film cinema, the illustratively inspiring pictures of the screen behind the chamber orchestra and the music with a range from Sacher torte to dry bread. In addition a good glass of red wine!
Puccini’s chrysanthemums at the beginning seem to be flinging themselves charmingly to make way for Stravinsky’s brilliant string-strokes. Steffen Tast likes to combine it with Georges Méliès’ film “Journey to the Moon” from 1902. This combination promises a sensual adventure: informative, funny, imaginative, amusing. The interval is followed by crass “minimal music” by Steve Reich. Four violins are all play the same music, but gradually offset by split seconds. This constant irritation you can only resist – with all pleasure – just as long as the piece lasts: nine minutes.
And then: Prepare yourself for the high-flying thoroughbred sounds of Verdi’s string quartet.
Direction Steffen Tast