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Late masterpieces

november 14, 2021 @ 20:00

"Rethinking Beethoven X" was the working title of Jens Joneleit's new composition, which Beethoven expert Jan Caeyers and his orchestra Le Concert Olympique are presenting in Hamburg. This work brings Beethoven's sketches for his 10th Symphony to new life.

Schubert's Unfinished and Mozart's Clarinet Concerto, as well as Beethoven's sketches for his 10th Symphony, were written in the last phase of their creators' lives. Just a few days before his death, Beethoven repeated in a letter his firm intention to complete his 10th Symphony - which unfortunately never came to pass. "Rethinking Beethoven X" was the working title of Jens Joneleit's new composition, which he wrote on behalf of Le Concert Olympique. It revives Beethoven's sketches for his 10th Symphony. Joneleit's guiding idea is to take the Beethoven in the flesh on a journey into the future. It is therefore not a historical reconstruction, but a contemporary realization of Beethoven's intentions. This new piece is juxtaposed with Schubert's Symphony in B minor, D 759, probably the best-known example of an unfinished work.

Mozart's Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622, which the composer completed two months before his death, concludes the programme. The combination of the dark basic color of this piece with a relativizing, almost humorous counter-mood is an expression of Mozart's ambivalent attitude towards his fate in this phase of his life. Sabine Meyer plays the original version for basset clarinet, a larger and therefore deeper and darker sounding clarinet.



Schubert: Symphony in B minor, D. 759 "The Unfinished"
Jens Joneleit: sinfonia X - inspired by sketch material for Beethoven's 10th Symphony
Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A major, KV 622



Sabine Meyer, basset clarinet
Caeyers, conductor
Le Concert Olympique


Sabine Meyer


Sabine Meyer is one of the world's most renowned soloists. It is thanks to her that the clarinet, often underestimated as a solo instrument, has recaptured the concert platform.

Born in Crailsheim, Sabine Meyer initially embarked on an orchestral career after studying in Stuttgart with Otto Hermann and in Hanover with Hans Deinzer and became a member of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. This was followed by an engagement as principal clarinettist with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, which she soon gave up, however, as she was increasingly in demand as a soloist. In more than thirty years, countless concerts as well as radio and television appearances have taken her to all the musical centers of Europe as well as to Brazil, Israel, Canada, China, Australia, Japan and the USA.

Sabine Meyer has enjoyed success as a soloist with more than three hundred orchestras in Germany and abroad. She has made guest appearances with all the major orchestras in Germany and has been engaged by the world's leading orchestras, including the Vienna Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Berlin Philharmonic, the radio symphony orchestras in Vienna, Basel, Warsaw, Prague and Budapest as well as numerous other orchestras.

Sabine Meyer has a special affection for chamber music, whereby she attaches great importance to long-term, continuous collaboration. She has performed in a variety of constellations with artists such as Heinrich Schiff, Gidon Kremer, Oleg Maisenberg, Leif Ove Andsnes, Fazil Say, Martin Helmchen, Juliane Banse, the Hagen Quartet, the Tokyo String Quartet and the Modigliani Quartet.

In 1983, she founded the "Trio di Clarone" with her husband Reiner Wehle and her brother Wolfgang Meyer. The repertoire consists of almost forgotten original compositions by Mozart as well as important contemporary works; extended by unusual programs, several times in collaboration with jazz clarinettist Michael Riessler.

As a soloist and chamber musician, Sabine Meyer has repeatedly championed contemporary music - works by Jean Françaix, Edison Denissov, Harald Genzmer, Toshio Hosokawa, Niccolo Castiglioni, Manfred Trojahn, Aribert Reimann, Peter Eötvös and Oscar Bianchi have been dedicated to her.

Sabine Meyer has made numerous recordings for EMI Classics; there are also recordings for Deutsche Grammophon, Sony and Avi-music. The recorded repertoire ranges from pre-classical to contemporary compositions and includes all important works for clarinet.

In addition to receiving the "Echo Klassik" award eight times, Sabine Meyer has also been awarded the "Niedersachsen Preis", the "Brahms Preis" and the "Praetorius Musikpreis Niedersachsen"; she is a member of the "Akademie der Künste Hamburg" and was awarded the order "Chevalier des Arts
et des Lettres".

Sabine Meyer has held a professorship at the University of Music in Lübeck since 1993.

Take a look at our "Backstage" interview with Sabine Meyer here!



november 14, 2021
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