Hélène Grimaud power 3 – Le Temps

Hélène Grimaud power 3 – Le Temps
Hélène Grimaud power 3 – Le Temps

A miracle does not happen again, you tremble at soiling such a magnificent memory.

Do you know Emilie Mayer?

This third concert of Hélène Grimaud’s Gstaad “mini-residence” is also an opportunity to get to know a little better with one of the female pearls of romantic Germany, Emilie Mayer, whose Kammerorchester Basel has chosen to unveil there Fifth Symphony on the stage of the Festival Tent. A little biographical catch-up lesson. —Berlin! It was in the very music-loving Prussian city, soon to be the imperial capital, that Emilie Mayer – who trained in music with Carl Loewe in Stettin, then Adolf Bernhard Marx and Wilhelm Wieprecht, before choosing to dedicate his entire life to it – decided to dock his ship, creating over time a true “house of artists” where the greatest minds of the time converged. She composed most of her music there: six symphonies were produced between 1851 and 1862, including the Fifth in F minor which interests us here, increasingly asserting its classical identity to the point of being given the nickname (necessarily reductive) of “Beethoven in the feminine”. Created in April 1862 at the Liebigsche Kapelle in Berlin, this Fifth was published in 2005 by Furore in Kassel by Cornelia Bartsch and Cordula Heymann-Wentzel as part of a research project dedicated to women composers. If most dictionaries (especially outside Germany) have until recently completely ignored it – it has only “revived” since the 1980s, thanks in particular to the pioneering work carried out by the publishers Furore and Ries & Erler – , Emilie Mayer enjoyed a remarkable aura during her lifetime, being offered her first notice in 1860 already in the Kleinem Tonkünstlerlexikon by Paul Frank and his works performed in Brussels, Munich, Budapest, Leipzig, Dessau and as far as Lyon. She died on April 10, 1883 from lung inflammation and was buried not far from Felix Mendelssohn and his sister Fanny Hensel, at the Dreifaltigkeitsfriedhof in Berlin… a lovely symbol!

Emilie Mayer, whose Kammerorchester Basel has chosen to unveil the Fifth Symphony on the stage of the Festival Tent. — © DR

11.8 Recital

Beethoven: Sonata No. 30

Brahms: Fantasies op. 116, Intermezzi op. 117

Bach/Busoni: Chaconne

13.8 Konstantin Krimmel

“Daumer Lieder” by Brahms

Silvestrov melodies

18.8 Kammerorchester Basel

Beethoven: Concerto No. 4

Emilie Mayer: Symphony No. 5

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68th edition from July 12 to August 31, 2024

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