Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s music has shown itself to possess immense vitality. Perhaps because he was independent enough not to adhere entirely to the theoretical or aesthetic solutions of musical modernism. Inspired by the dadaist Kurt Schwitter’s pictures, he instead considered borrowed styles and citations to be artistic opportunities. He is most famous for his opera Die Soldaten, which is filled with various musical styles, but here we hear his neoclassical Concert for String Orchestra from 1948, which impresses with its melodic vitality and rhythmic frenzy.

For over 200 years, the only part of Joseph Hayden’s first cello concert that existed was a fragment of the first movement’s theme. Fortunately, a music researcher found the rest of the concert in 1961, in a collection of notes that was preserved at the National Museum in Prague. After careful investigations by experts from the Haydn Institute in Cologne, their authenticity was established. Haydn’s subsequently written cello concert in D-major thus regained its younger sister.

When the famous instrument manufacturer Pleyel designed a new harp, it sent a request to Debussy in 1904 to write a test piece for the new instrument. The result was Danse sacrée et danse profane. The harp, which had extra strings instead of having pedals to raise and lower the harp’s pitch, never became a success. Debussy’s music, on the other hand, has become established as one of the real jewels of the harp repertoire, even though it is now mostly performed on the usual orchestra harp with pedals.

In the summer of 1773, Mozart got a job as a concert master for the Archbishop of Salzburg. The salary was poor and he did not agree with the strict bishop. But his stay in Vienna was still musically successful. He heard new music and was inspired by, for example, symphonies by Joseph Haydn. Full of energy, he composed two of his most accomplished works during this time, the so-called little Symphony No. 25 in G-minor and this, the No. 29 in A-major, where the melodic lightness does not exclude glow and passion.

/Göran Persson

Academy of St Martin in the Fields © Allan Kerr

THU 20 SEP 7 p.m. Malmö Live Concert hall

Tickets: 100 – 395 SEK


Bernd Alois Zimmermann Konzert für Streichorchester
Academy of St Martin in the Fields

Joseph Haydn Cello concerto No 1 C Major Hob.VIIb:1
Andreas Brantelid, cello; Academy of St Martin in the Fields

Claude Debussy Danse sacrée et danse profane
Xavier de Maistre, harp; Academy of St Martin in the Fields

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Symphony No 29 in A Major, K. 201
Academy of St Martin in the Fields