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    Philharmonie Berlin – GREAT!CLSX
    Tue, 16 Nov 2021 20:00

    Late Masterpieces

    “Rethinking Beethoven X” was the working title of Jens Joneleit’s new composition, which revives Beethoven’s sketches for his 10th Symphony. It will be premiered by Beethoven expert Jan Caeyers and his orchestra Le Concert Olympique in Berlin.

    Like Beethoven’s sketches for his 10th symphony, Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony and Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto were written during the final period of the composers’ lives.

    Only a few days before his death, Beethoven repeated in a letter his firm intention to complete the 10th Symphony – which unfortunately never happened. With “Rethinking Beethoven X”, the work title of Jens Joneleit’s new composition and co-commissioned by Le Concert Olympique, Joneleit revives Beethoven’s sketches for his 10th symphony. Joneleit’s guiding idea for sinfonia X is Beethoven’s journey into the future – our world today. The aim is therefore not a historical reconstruction of Beethoven’s work, 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.

    The program concludes with Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in A major, KV 622, which the composer finished two months before his death. The general dark mood of this piece combined with an almost humerous quality that puts it all into perspective is an expression of Mozart’s ambivalent attitude towards his fate in this phase of his life. Soloist Sabine Meyer performs the orginal version on basset clarinet, which is a larger and therefore lower instrument than the clarinet with a darker sound.

    This concert had to be postponed several times. Tickets purchased for any previously announced dates remain valid for the new date on 16 Nov 2021.

    Sabine Meyer

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    Sabine Meyer is one of the world’s most renowned instrumental soloists. It is partly due to her that the clarinet, a solo instrument previously underestimated, recaptured the attention of the concert platform.

    Born in Crailsheim, she studied with Otto Hermann in Stuttgart and Hans Deinzer in Hanover, then embarked on a career as an orchestral musician and became member of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. This was followed by an engagement as solo clarinettist at the Berlin Philharmonic which she abandoned, as she was more and more in demand as a soloist.

    For almost a quarter of a century, numerous concerts and broadcast engagements led her to all musical centres of Europe as well as to Brazil, Israel, Canada, Africa and Australia, and, for twenty years, equally regularly to Japan and the USA. Sabine Meyer has been a much-celebrated soloist with more than three hundred orchestras internationally. She has given guest performances with all the top-level orchestras in Germany and has been engaged by the world’s leading orchestras such as the Vienna Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo, the Orchestra of Suisse Romande, the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Radio Orchestras of Vienna, Basel, Warsaw, Prague and Budapest as well as numerous additional ensembles.

    Sabine Meyer is particularly interested in the field of chamber music, where she has formed much long-lasting collaboration. She has explored a wide range of chamber repertoire with such colleagues as Heinrich Schiff, Gidon Kremer, Oleg Maisenberg, Leif Ove Andsnes, Fazil Say, Martin Helmchen, Juliane Banse, the Hagen Quartet, Tokyo String and Modigliani Quartet.

    In 1983 she founded the “Trio di Clarone” together with her husband Reiner Wehle and her brother Wolfgang Meyer. The repertoire includes some almost forgotten compositions of Mozart and many contemporary works. The trio’s repertoire has been further extended by several innovative projects with the jazz clarinettist Michael Riessler.

    Both as a soloist and chamber musician, Sabine Meyer is a prominent champion for contemporary music – works by Jean Françaix, Edison Denissov, Harald Genzmer, Toshio Hosokawa, Niccolo Castiglioni, Manfred Trojahn, Aribert Reimann, Peter Eötvös and Oscar Bianchi.
    Sabine Meyer has made numerous recordings for EMI Classics; she also recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, Sony and Avi-music. The recorded repertoire varies from pre-classical to contemporary compositions and includes all important pieces for clarinet.

    Sabine Meyer received eight “Echo Classic Awards”, is laureate of the “Niedersachsen Prize”, the “Brahms Prize”, she is member of the “Academy of Arts Hamburg”. In 2010 she received the decoration „Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres“ from the French government.

    Sabine Meyer has been appointed to a professorship at the Hochschule für Musik in Lübeck in 1993. Some of her students like Julian Bliss, Shirley Brill, Sebastian Manz and Annelien van Wauwe are starting international careers.

    Watch our “Backstage” Interview with Sabine Meyer here!

    Jan Caeyers

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    Jan Caeyers is a Belgian conductor and musicologist. He lived, studied and worked in Vienna for many years. From 1993 to 1997, he was assistant to Claudio Abbado at the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester. During this time, he also worked closely with Bernard Haitink and Pierre Boulez. 

    Until 2003, Jan Caeyers was Director of the Beethoven Academy, a period instrument orchestra with residency at deSingel, Antwerp, with whom he performed in many of Europe’s major concert venues, including the Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Cité de la Musique in Paris, Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels (Bozar) and the Auditorio Nacional in Madrid. As guest conductor, he has led Antwerp Symphony, Staatsoper Stuttgart and orchestras in Berlin, Paris, Madrid, Barcelona and Prague and regularly conducts leading European choirs like the Arnold Schoenberg Chor in Vienna and the Nederlands Kamerkoor. 

    Jan Caeyers has written his own in-depth views on Beethoven in a substantial volume which was published in Dutch in 2009. In 2012, it was translated into German by C.H. Beck as Beethoven. Der einsame Revolutionär. ´- and then into Hungarian. Further translations will include translations into Chinese and Arabic. Writing this book was an essential transitional stage for Caeyers towards founding his own orchestra, Le Concert Olympique, with whom he is able to deepen his studies and express his mature views on Beethoven and Viennese classical music.

    The superbly documented and elegantly written biography has been met with an enthusiastic reception, and the original version is now already in its seventh edition. Since the book has become a bestseller in Germany – the home of Beethoven research – it is now considered a reference work on Beethoven worldwide based on new insights that have led to a paradigm shift in the perception of the famous composer. The new English edition, as well as the latest German edition, was published during the Beethoven Anniversary Year 2020 by UCPress in cooperation with Beethoven-Haus Bonn under the title “Beethoven – A Life”. It was named ‘Book of the Year 2020’ by the Financial Times.

    Jan Caeyers has always combined his artistic career with the study of music resulting in a homogeneous project with Beethoven at its heart. His experience as a conductor has been an essential part of his academic approach as a professor at the University Leuven. Vice versa, setting up his own orchestra, Le Concert Olympique, has enabled him to convert into sound the well-founded insights he gained while writing his Beethoven biography. In 2018 he became Artistic Director of the non-profit organisation Internationale Beethoven Akademie e.V.

    Watch our “Backstage” Interviews with Jan Ceyers here!

    Le Concert Olympique

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    Le Concert Olympique was founded in 2010 as the brainchild of Beethoven expert and conductor Jan Caeyers. He gathered 50 of the finest musicians from all over Europe to provide a contemporary experience of a timeless tradition with relevant and authentic performances of masterpieces by Beethoven and his contemporaries. All members of the orchestra share the love of music and the ambition to perform the works of the Viennese classical era in a fresh way and, at the same time, conscious of tradition, while developing a unique style that is both modern and historically motivated.

    The orchestra has two residencies in Belgium: one at the Flagey in Brussels, and one at deSingel in Antwerp, where it started off with two sensational debut concerts in 2010. Since then, Le Concert Olympique has been invited to many other prestigious concert halls such as the Vienna Musikverein and De Doelen in Rotterdam. In the fall of 2017, the orchestra made its debut at the Beethovenfest Bonn and the Berlin Philharmonie. With its sophisticated programmes, it also thrilled audiences at the Vienna Konzerthaus and the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. In December 2018, the orchestra debuted at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden with Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis .

    The musicians of Le Concert Olympique only come together several times per year to work intensively on their ambitious projects. The festive character of their concerts is emphasized by the fact that the musicians are dressed in concert attire designed by the Antwerp fashion house Maison Anna Heylen. This collaboration illustrates their shared goal of combining classical tradition with a modern experience.

    The name Le Concert Olympique refers to “Le Concert de la Société Olympique”, the best-known concert series in Paris between 1782 and 1789. “Le Concert de la Société Olympique” commissioned six symphonies – his “Paris Symphonies” – from Joseph Haydn in 1785, which caused a stir and are generally considered the birth of the modern classical symphony.

    Event Details

    Date: 16th November 2021 @ 8:00 pm
    Time: 8:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Venue: Philharmonie Berlin – GREAT!CLSX