Fr 17.07.2020 | 20 |Plön | Nikolaikirche | K 48

Concerto Copenhagen

Concerto Copenhagen

Concerto Copenhagen

Nikolaikirche Markt 26, Plön,

Niels Gade:
Oktett für Streicher op. 17
Carl Nielsen:
Suite für Streicher op. 1
Felix Mendelssohn:
Oktett für Streicher Es-Dur op. 20

To celebrate the birthday of his good friend and violin teacher Eduard Ritz, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy wrote his Octet Op. 20 at the age of 16. Due to the unusual instrumentation of eight strings, the work shines sometimes in solo, sometimes in chamber music, and sometimes in unique symphonic timbres. Goethe’s Walpurgis Night scene from “Faust” inspired Mendelssohn for the scherzo of the octet. “Everything is new, strange, and yet so appealing. You feel so close to the spirit world, so easily lifted into the air, even wanting to pick up a broomstick yourself, to follow the airy flock better,” his sister Fanny described the movement. The Dane Niels Wilhelm Gade composed his Octet Op. 17 following the example of Mendelssohn. From 1844 to 1847, both artists conducted concerts at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig together. With Suite for Strings, Op. 1 by Carl Nielsen, Concerto Copenhagen completes the exciting juxtaposition of the three generations of students and mentors.

Ticket price

39 € / 33 € / 23 € / 10