- Kirill Karabits (Dirigent)
9th Symphony concert
Conducted by Kirill Karabits / Soloists: N.N.
Franz Liszt Cantata Zur Säkular-Feier Beethovens (1870) for Soli, Choir and Orchestra
Franz Liszt Eine Faust Symphonie in drei Charakterbildern (A Faust Symphony in three character pictures) S. 108
When the dedication of the Beethoven monument was being prepared in Bonn in 1845, it was Franz Liszt, musical citizen of the world and Court Kapellmeister in Weimar, who urged that the tribute, which was all too inspired by national pride (and which he himself crowned with a cantata), be given a European flair. What a modern and forward-looking idea! In 1870, Liszt paid homage to the first avowed democrat among composers on the occasion of his 100th birthday with a second cantata, which premièred at the Tonkünstlerfest (Musicians Festival) of the Allgemeiner Deutscher Musikverein (General German Music Association) in Weimar.
Liszt's Faust Symphony had already been performed here for the first time in 1857 for the inauguration of the Goethe-Schiller monument: a work which, despite all its programmatic nature, pays intense homage to the ideals of symphonic compositional technique à la Beethoven and also incorporates a choir in the finale, so that it has often been compared with Beethoven's grandiose Ninth. Appropriate or not – the work, which ingeniously combines drama and orchestral music, is visionary in any case. Or, as Richard Strauss summed it up: “Everything else is dirt.”
With Opera Choir of the German National Theatre Weimar and Landesjugendchor Thüringen (Thuringia State Youth Choir)