Passions run high as Schumann’s double anniversary present to his wife encrypts ardent messages of love and longing, Brahms hones his skills with the first standalone orchestral variations, and the clarinet captivates twice over. Our season’s lift-off soars.
Brahms Variations on a Theme by Haydn
Hindemith Clarinet Concerto Weber Concertino
Schumann Symphony No. 4
Conductor Kirill Karabits
Clarinet Andreas Ottensamer
Bookended by two composers whose mutual admiration cemented a fruitful friendship, our Season-opener is an all-German kaleidoscope spanning high romanticism infiltrated by the platinum glint of a Clarinet Concerto commissioned by that master of crossover Benny Goodman. “Too much beer and beard” said Paul Dukas of Brahms, but there’s precious little of either as the so-called ‘Haydn Variations’ ooze gracious amiability. Ten years in the making, meanwhile, Schumann’s fourmovements-in-one Symphony is a seamless, impassioned love letter to his wife Clara.
In 2018 Kirill Karabits celebrates ten years at the helm of the BSO, a decade marked by an ever-deepening rapport drawing “searing clarity and balance” (BBC Music Magazine). For the Hindemith and Weber’s compact Concertino he teams up with “a clarinetist of notable suavity” (Sunday Times). Currently Principal Clarinet with the Berlin Philharmonic, Andreas Ottensamer was German Echo Klassik’s Artist of the Year 2015.
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