III: NEEME JÄRVI AND SPRING CLASSICS • The Maestro series
Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber
Symphony No. 2 in E minor
ERSO, conductor NEEME JÄRVI
Neeme Järvi, Honorary Artistic Director for Life of ERSO, will be joining the orchestra in May. Järvi’s collaboration with ERSO began in 1956. Four years later, Järvi was named the conductor in residence of the orchestra, and in 1963, its chief conductor. His second term as chief conductor ended in 2020, but both the orchestra and the public happily look forward to his return to the podium every year. This time, the programme will feature works by Wilhelm Furtwängler and Paul Hindemith.
Furtwängler, who is considered one of the best conductors of the 20th century, is considerably less well-known as a composer. He has written three symphonies, of which his Symphony in E minor with ERSO is an extensive four-movement work in the late Romantic style. In 1930, Furtwängler expressed support for Hindemith, performing the works of the latter even after they had been banned in Germany by the Nazis. Hindemith’s Symphonic Metamorphoses ties a third German composer, Carl Maria von Weber, on whose themes the work is based, with the programme. The composition was originally conceived as a ballet, although it was completed in the United States in 1943 as a four-part orchestral work.