Kammerorchester Basel — Femmes Exceptionelles

Stadtcasino Basel
Friday, 30 August

This concert with the Kammerorchester (Chamber Orchestra) Basel under the direction of violinist Julia Schröder is dedicated to three exceptional women—composers Fanny Hensel and Emilie Mayer, and pianist Hélène Grimaud. Just like her brother Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Hensel composed all her life. But publishing it? It was not appropriate for a woman of her status to earn money and public recognition, her father and brother thought. So her works remained hidden from the public back then—her ingenious orchestration, the broad palette of tonal colors, a pronounced sense of dramaturgy and suspense. Mayer was a different story: the pharmacist's daughter from Berlin had no famous family behind her, which is perhaps why she made it to the top. Thanks to an unexpected inheritance, she was financially independent, didn't care about female reserve, wrote symphonies, ran an artist's salon, proudly called herself a “professional composer,” and became internationally renowned. After her death, however, she was quickly forgotten.
Femme exceptionnelle number 3 is Grimaud, the master of a thousand shades, of poetry, of spiritual penetration. She will be playing her version of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4, the very first piano concerto in history that begins directly with the piano solo without an orchestral prelude—and according to Schumann, Beethoven's “perhaps greatest piano concerto.”
Tickets will be on sale from August 15.


Stadtcasino Basel
Konzertgasse 1
4051 Basel

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