The summer concert of the bavarian chamber orchestra in bad bruckenau, which this year was aptly titled "landpartie," was completely sold out stand. The more than 300 listeners enjoyed a varied, coherent program, heard an excellently prepared orchestra, impressive soloists and experienced a good two hours of colorfully played music in a summery atmosphere.
The title was aptly chosen in that, for long stretches of the evening, french horns – at times obviously, at other times with an underground presence – were at the center of the music. Above all, through their special sound, through the use of hunting and nature motifs in a broader sense, the compositions led out into the open, creating a variety of scenes in the mind of the listener. The friendly atmosphere of the evening and the summer air, which flowed into the warm festival hall through doors open to the park, underlined this effect. As is customary at the BKO's seasonal concerts, its chief conductor johannes moesus gave a brief introduction to the works played, which was helpful in directly grasping the musical associations or interpretations during listening.
The continuation of the chase
The structure of franz anton hoffmeister's symphony in d major "la chasse for example, in which the dawn's departure, the midday's mud, the encouraging musical entertainment and the continuation of the hunt were quite comprehensible. A delicate, darkly luminous sound stood at their beginning. But soon a variety of sounds and impressions developed from it: horn quints, for example, played by the orchestra's own horn players and strengthened by the woodwinds, which transformed these signal calls sonically into chamber music-compatible motifs; they were wonderfully shaped as calls and echoes, were equally perfectly executed in color and precision in the forte and the piano. Strings suggested the sound of hooves, horns the barking of dogs. The orchestra set up quasi backdrops in the four movements, which it shifted imperceptibly through different lighting and the building of suspense arcs to expressive points, thus creating fabulous transitions in subject and mood. The bandwidth of the flexible musicians ranged from powerful grun to silver-pencil insinuation.