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Mon, Jan. 31, 2022, 7.30 pm | Elbphilharmonie, Recital Hall

Music & Science 1

Concert and Lecture

"Chaos aus der Ordnung" (Lecture by Prof. Dr. Bjorn Stevens, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Hamburg)

Dmitri Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 8 in C-minor Op. 110

Modest Mussorgsky: "Pictures at an Exhibition", arranged for piano quintet by Anne von Twardowski

Lecture: Prof. Dr. Bjorn Stevens
Violin: Hibiki Oshima
Violin: Myung-Eun Lee
Viola: Thomas Rühl
Cello: Saskia Hirschinger
Piano: Anne von Twardowski

“Here we have leftist chaos instead of natural human music,” was the judgment of Pravda on Dmitri Shostakovich’s “Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District” in 1936. Ironically, Shostakovich, whose career was always influenced by political instability, uses a musical quote from this opera in his highly autobiographical String Quartet No. 8, one of the most frequently performed string quartets of the 20th century. Modest Mussorgsky’s popular epitome of programme music, a stroll through an exhibition illustrated by music along a route determined by the composer, complements the programme of the first Themed Concert, providing the framework for the highly topical lecture by climate scientist Prof. Dr. Bjorn Stevens: like religion, science tries to bring order to what would otherwise be chaos. Meaning to meaninglessness. Climate science, which has spent the larger part of two centuries trying to wrest order from the chaotic cosmos, is now in the strange position of having to predict chaos from order.

Venue: Elbphilharmonie, Recital Hall, Platz der Deutschen Einheit 4, 20457 Hamburg
Prices: € 28,00 / 20,00 / 14,00 / 10,00

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