MuCH Waterloo Festival
Shuichi Okada, violin
Alexandra Cooreman, violin
Mathis Rochat, viola
Takumi Nozawa, viola
Riana Anthony, cello
Zachary Mowitz, cello
L. van Beethoven: Symphony No. 6, in F major, op. 68, “Pastoral” (arr. for string sextet by M. Gotthard Fischer)
I. Allegro ma non troppo
II. Andante molto mosso
R. Strauss: Sextet from Capriccio, op. 85
The Pastoral Symphony expresses, in Beethoven’s words, “the impressions that man enjoys in the countryside”. Through the different movements of the work, the composer guides the listener in his auditory country ballad, beginning with the “awakening of cheerful impressions upon arriving in the countryside”, followed by a “scene by the brook”, then the “merry Gathering of country folk” which “Thunder” and “Storm” break up, before concluding with the “Shepherd’s song” expressing “cheerful and thankful feelings after the storm”.
Based on the overture to his last opera, Strauss’s Capriccio demonstrates the richness of the composer’s harmonic palette, but also the daily violence faced by artists under the Nazi regime. An opponent of the regime, Strauss left Bavaria for Vienna in order to protect his daughter-in-law. In Vienna, against all odds, he was protected by Baldur von Schirach, who was found guilty of war crimes at the Nuremberg trials. It was at von Schirach’s house that the Capriccio was created. A compromise of principle to ensure his security.
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Our structural sponsors – ING, Proximus and Ginion Group.
Our institutional partners – the « Loterie Nationale / Nationale Loterij » and the « Banque Nationale de Belgique / Nationale Bank van België ».
The Foundations – Baillet Latour Fund, Foundation Futur21, King Baudouin Foundation, Foundation Engie, Guttman collection -, the corporate partners, all the Maecenas and those who prefer to remain anonymous.
Thank you also to our public support – the « Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles », Belspo, the « Province du Brabant Wallon », the « Commune de Waterloo ».