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"Let us reflect on the old, it will be progress," Giuseppe Verdi wrote in a letter in 1871. The "old", always up-to-date, is represented by father Johann Sebastian and son Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach. Their works have to do with the most powerful flutist in European history, Frederick II, King of Prussia.

FORTE KULTUR - Durch das Alte zum Fortschritt
FORTE KULTUR - Durch das Alte zum Fortschritt © Gergely Bodoky

Philipp Emanuel's Trio Sonata from 1745 will be played by the musicians of the DSO Berlin on Baroque instruments and in the lower tuning customary at the time, while their father's work from the "Musical Offering" will be played on modern oboe and in today's tuning - an interesting comparison.

Inspired by the old to progress were Ingolf Dahl and Manuel de Falla. Dahl, after emigrating to the U.S. in 1939, was one of the original, more quiet voices in the classical-oriented scene on the American West Coast. His Concerto a Tre will be played. De Falla's Chamber Concerto for harpsichord and five other instruments is a little gem of a master for whom the preoccupation with the old elicited new ideas.

  • Chamber Music Encounters with Members of the German Symphony Orchestra BerlinConcert with concert introduction in the Gothic Hall at the Citadel
  • Pre-concert optional from 6:00 p.m. | Concert introduction by Habakuk Traber | Duration 35 minutes

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Bach, Sonata in C Major, Wq 149 for flute, violin and basso continuo.Ingolf Dahl (1912-1970), Concerto a tre for clarinet, violin and cello


Johann Sebastian Bach, Trio Sonata BWV 1079 from the "Musical Offering", flute, oboe and continuoManuel de Falla, harpsichord concerto

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