SATURDAY, 28 August, 20:00 | CHURCH HILTERFINGEN
There are no greater storms than those of quick-tempered people.
The epithet of the last movement of Beethoven's String Quintet in C major describes not only the piece, but also the man behind the composition. A contemporary reviewer summed it up when he wrote that this work "has its origin not in a higher idea evoking construction like a divine command, but in the general artistic desire to create: in the resolution to make music." With its explosive pianissimo tremolos and fragmentary main theme reinforced by "flashes" of cello, the finale truly deserves this epithet. Staging changes of mood through virtuoso juggling of keys, tempi and themes is typical of Beethoven's eminent skill and one of the reasons why his compositions so impressed and influenced many of his contemporaries. Spohr and Dussek are further outstanding examples of this.
We are especially pleased to welcome Swiss cellist Chiara Enderle back to GAIA, as it has been five years since her last visit. Lars Schaper, on the other hand, played at GAIA’s only concert in 2020. Diana Ketler is at GAIA for the first time. Born in Riga in 1971, the pianist is as much in demand as a guest soloist with large orchestras as she is as a chamber musician and song accompanist. She has also been a professor in London since 2001 and in Geneva since 2018.
FRIDAY, 27 August, 19:30 | GAIA 2021
Brotherhood – a tie that goes beyond family and a concert that foreshadows GAIA’s theme in 2022: family.
This concert’s programme sets out to shine a light on Arvo Pärt, one of the world’s best-known living composers, and also includes works that underline the father-figure-like presence of giants such as Bach and Haydn, as well as pieces written in memoriam – those of Schnittke in honour of Mozart, and Pärt in honour of Benjamin Britten.
The sense of brotherhood reaches even further. This concert is a collaborative occasion between GAIA and Stretta Concerts. The latter is called to life by violinist Sebastian Bohren, who performs at GAIA for the first time. Moreover, GAIA’s new organisational lead, Andreas Fleck, proffers his CHAARTS Chamber Artists on this occasion.
Looking forward to welcoming them, and you, at GAIA. To celebrate brothers, sisters, people, and our connectedness to music.
Thursday, 26 August, 19:30 | GAIA 2021
The hero that the title of this concert refers to is none other than Beethoven. Beethoven dedicated his third symphony to Napoleon Bonaparte before, later, scratching out the name of the dedicatee upon realising that Napoleon had named himself Emperor.
The symphony, however, is majestic, and considered by many as the first Romantic symphony, breaking the boundaries of what the Classical era understood as symphonic form.
Whilst Beethoven might have briefly flirted with the idea of idolising Bonaparte, the adulation of Ferdinand Ries, who arranged Beethoven’s “Eroica” as well as the composers Moscheles and Hummel stood the test of time. All three, celebrated composers in their own lifetimes, were deeply inspired by Beethoven.
This concert welcomes back the charismatic violist Tomoko Akasaka, who played at the only concert GAIA was allowed to give in 2020. It also allows us a warm welcome to another renowned violist, Razvan Popovici and to violinist Suyeon Kang, who will both be playing at GAIA for the first time.
I can’t wait for you to hear them all in some weeks’ time.
See you soon at GAIA!
In Beethovens Universum
Wednesday, 25 August, 19:30 | GAIA 2021
… and finally we play! A year and a half later than expected, and half a year later than the anniversary date of our composer-in-residence: Beethoven. In the 13-year history of GAIA we have paid homage to only two other composers, namely Schumann in 2010 and Mahler in 2011. Both gentlemen received a concert. We have never rolled out the carpet for someone as we will for Beethoven. Our journey through Beethoven’s Universe brings us down paths of not just his own music, but of others inspired by him. In the case of our opening concert, two of Beethoven’s best-known pupils: Carl Czerny and Ferdinand Ries. As every year, I invite musicians who are not just outstanding personalities but have each gone down their own extraordinary paths, fearless to what may lie ahead. Three of those I am delighted to welcome to GAIA for the first time, namely Wouter Vossen, Hervé Joulain and José Gallardo.
See you at GAIA!