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BeethovenFest

Beethoven’s 5th Symphony

Otto Tausk, conductor

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

Before all the current social distancing measures were put in place, Maestro Otto Tausk and the VSO got together in an empty Orpheum Theatre to play Beethoven’s 5th Symphony as a celebration of the 250th anniversary of the genius’ birth. Enjoy from the comfort and safety of your own home.

Otto Tausk, conductor

Dutch conductor Otto Tausk is the Music Director of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, now in his third season. He is also the newly announced Chief Conductor of recently formed Phion Orkest van Gelderland & Overijssel. Until spring 2018, Tausk was Music Director of the Opera Theatre and Tonhalle Sinfonieorchester St. Gallen. He appears as a guest with such orchestras as Concertgebouworkest, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, Philharmonie Südwestfalen, Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Orchestre symphonique de Québec, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Mariinsky  Orchestra, the orchestras of Perth, Tasmania, Auckland, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and BBC National Orchestra of Wales, with whom he made his BBC Proms debut in August 2018. He is a hugely respected musical personality in his native Holland, working with all its major orchestras and composers.

In the 2020/21 season, Tausk continues guesting relationships with orchestras such as Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, Het Gelders Orkest, Norwegian Radio Orchestra and Turku Philharmonic Orchestra. In Vancouver, Tausk will lead an innovative reimagined season in response to COVID-19, showcasing the orchestra with a curated series of digital performances.

In the opera pit, he will conduct Michel van der Aa’s new opera ‘Upload’, with the world premiere at Dutch National Opera, plus further appearances with the other co-commissioning parties including Oper Köln. In St. Gallen, Tausk conducted the world premiere of ‘Annas Maske’, by Swiss composer David Philip Hefti, the Swiss premiere of George Benjamin’s ‘Written on Skin’, Korngold’s ‘Die Tote Stadt’ and other titles including ‘Don Giovanni’, ‘Die Entführung aus dem Serail’, ‘Eugene Onegin’, ‘West Side Story’, ‘Lohengrin’ and ‘Ariadne auf Naxos’.

Tausk has recorded with the Concertgebouworkest (Luc Brewaeys, and an animated version of Prokofiev’s ‘Peter and the Wolf’), Tonhalle Sinfonieorchester St. Gallen (Korngold and Diepenbrock), BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (Mendelssohn) and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra (Gavin Bryars) amongst others. For the cpo label in 2011 Hans Pfitzner’s enchanting Orchesterlieder garnered international praise, not least the Classica France’s ‘Choc du mois’. His Prokofiev disc with Rosanne Philippens also received BBC Music Magazine Concerto Disc of the Month (2018).

Born in Utrecht, Otto Tausk initially studied violin and then conducting with Jonas Aleksa. Between 2004 and 2006, Tausk was assistant conductor to Valery Gergiev with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, a period of study that had a profound impact on him. In 2011 Tausk was presented with the ‘De Olifant’ prize by the City of Haarlem. He received this prestigious award for his contribution to the Arts in the Netherlands, in particular his extensive work with Holland Symfonia serving as Music Director 2007 to 2012. In reflecting on their work together in The Netherlands, Valery Gergiev paid particular tribute to Tausk on this occasion.

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Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

Founded in 1919, the Grammy and Juno-award winning Vancouver Symphony Orchestra is the third largest orchestra in Canada, the largest arts organizations in Western Canada, and one of the few orchestras in North America to have its own music school.

Led by Music Director Otto Tausk since 2018, the VSO performs more than 150 concerts each year, throughout Vancouver and the province of British Columbia, reaching over 270,000 people annually. On tour the VSO has performed in the United States, China, Korea and across Canada.

The orchestra presents passionate, high-quality performances of classical, popular and culturally diverse music, creating meaningful engagement with audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

Recent guest artists include Daniil Trifonov, Dawn Upshaw, James Ehnes, Adrianne Pieczonka, Gidon Kremer, Renée Fleming, Yefim Bronfman, Itzhak Perlman, Bernadette Peters, Tan Dun, and more.

For the 2020-21 season the VSO has created the innovative streaming service TheConcertHall.ca, a virtual home for a virtual season, where more than forty performances will be released throughout the year.

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN

b.Bonn, Germany / baptized December 17, 1770

d.Vienna, Austria / March 26, 1827

 Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67  

Beethovencompleted the Fifth during the first months of 1808. It has perhaps the mostfamiliar opening of any piece of classical orchestral music. This is also,surely, the most intense, even obsessive first movement anyone had written upto that time. That opening rhythm appears in almost every bar of the firstmovement. Recognizing the need to follow such a revolutionary tempest withsomething relaxed and traditional, in the second movement Beethoven offers aHaydn-esque set of variations, cast as a nonchalant stroll punctuated withpompous fanfares. The third movement is a dark, dramatic Scherzo. After thewhispered opening on the strings, the horns introduce a bold theme, clearlyrelated to the opening movement’s first subject. Later, Beethoven puts thelower strings through some spectacular paces. Composer Hector Berlioz comparedthem with “the gambols of a delighted elephant.”

 

TheScherzo’s closing measures, veiled in uncertainty, point to a tragicconclusion. In another act of symphonic innovation, Beethoven leads us straighton to the Finale; the path lies through a tunnel, echoing eerily with themuffled, heart-like beat of the timpani, the rhythm once again recalling thesymphony’s opening motive. Then with heart-stirring suddenness, we emerge intothe blazing sunlight of a glorious new dawn. Beethoven gives extra colour andsolidity to this exhilarating finale (which includes a reprise of the mainscherzo theme) by bringing piccolo, trombones and contrabassoon into thesymphonic orchestra for the first time. With this section, Beethoven and hislisteners conclude an emotional journey from darkness to light, the first suchexpedition undertaken in a symphony. This sequence of moods has the power tostir audiences on a fundamental level, embracing them in a common sense ofvictory. It also holds out the promise of hope, a tonic whose necessity neverfades. This generosity of spirit is the foundation stone of Beethoven’sreputation – and his immortality.

Program Notes © 2020 Don Anderson

Video Director

Alex Clark

Audio Engineer

Will Howie

Audio Editing

Matthew Baird

 

Thanks to

Vancouver Musicians’ Association Local 145

International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 118

Beethoven Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

I. Allegro con brio (00:35)

II. Andante con moto (07:49)

III. Scherzo: Allegro (17:09)

IV. Allegro – Presto (24:33)

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BeethovenFest

Beethoven’s 5th Symphony

Otto Tausk, conductor

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

Beethoven Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

I. Allegro con brio (00:35)

II. Andante con moto (07:49)

III. Scherzo: Allegro (17:09)

IV. Allegro – Presto (24:33)

Before all the current social distancing measures were put in place, Maestro Otto Tausk and the VSO got together in an empty Orpheum Theatre to play Beethoven’s 5th Symphony as a celebration of the 250th anniversary of the genius’ birth. Enjoy from the comfort and safety of your own home.

Otto Tausk, conductor

Dutch conductor Otto Tausk is the Music Director of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, now in his third season. He is also the newly announced Chief Conductor of recently formed Phion Orkest van Gelderland & Overijssel. Until spring 2018, Tausk was Music Director of the Opera Theatre and Tonhalle Sinfonieorchester St. Gallen. He appears as a guest with such orchestras as Concertgebouworkest, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, Philharmonie Südwestfalen, Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Orchestre symphonique de Québec, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Mariinsky  Orchestra, the orchestras of Perth, Tasmania, Auckland, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and BBC National Orchestra of Wales, with whom he made his BBC Proms debut in August 2018. He is a hugely respected musical personality in his native Holland, working with all its major orchestras and composers.

In the 2020/21 season, Tausk continues guesting relationships with orchestras such as Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, Het Gelders Orkest, Norwegian Radio Orchestra and Turku Philharmonic Orchestra. In Vancouver, Tausk will lead an innovative reimagined season in response to COVID-19, showcasing the orchestra with a curated series of digital performances.

In the opera pit, he will conduct Michel van der Aa’s new opera ‘Upload’, with the world premiere at Dutch National Opera, plus further appearances with the other co-commissioning parties including Oper Köln. In St. Gallen, Tausk conducted the world premiere of ‘Annas Maske’, by Swiss composer David Philip Hefti, the Swiss premiere of George Benjamin’s ‘Written on Skin’, Korngold’s ‘Die Tote Stadt’ and other titles including ‘Don Giovanni’, ‘Die Entführung aus dem Serail’, ‘Eugene Onegin’, ‘West Side Story’, ‘Lohengrin’ and ‘Ariadne auf Naxos’.

Tausk has recorded with the Concertgebouworkest (Luc Brewaeys, and an animated version of Prokofiev’s ‘Peter and the Wolf’), Tonhalle Sinfonieorchester St. Gallen (Korngold and Diepenbrock), BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (Mendelssohn) and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra (Gavin Bryars) amongst others. For the cpo label in 2011 Hans Pfitzner’s enchanting Orchesterlieder garnered international praise, not least the Classica France’s ‘Choc du mois’. His Prokofiev disc with Rosanne Philippens also received BBC Music Magazine Concerto Disc of the Month (2018).

Born in Utrecht, Otto Tausk initially studied violin and then conducting with Jonas Aleksa. Between 2004 and 2006, Tausk was assistant conductor to Valery Gergiev with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, a period of study that had a profound impact on him. In 2011 Tausk was presented with the ‘De Olifant’ prize by the City of Haarlem. He received this prestigious award for his contribution to the Arts in the Netherlands, in particular his extensive work with Holland Symfonia serving as Music Director 2007 to 2012. In reflecting on their work together in The Netherlands, Valery Gergiev paid particular tribute to Tausk on this occasion.

ottotausk.nl

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

Founded in 1919, the Grammy and Juno-award winning Vancouver Symphony Orchestra is the third largest orchestra in Canada, the largest arts organizations in Western Canada, and one of the few orchestras in North America to have its own music school.

Led by Music Director Otto Tausk since 2018, the VSO performs more than 150 concerts each year, throughout Vancouver and the province of British Columbia, reaching over 270,000 people annually. On tour the VSO has performed in the United States, China, Korea and across Canada.

The orchestra presents passionate, high-quality performances of classical, popular and culturally diverse music, creating meaningful engagement with audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

Recent guest artists include Daniil Trifonov, Dawn Upshaw, James Ehnes, Adrianne Pieczonka, Gidon Kremer, Renée Fleming, Yefim Bronfman, Itzhak Perlman, Bernadette Peters, Tan Dun, and more.

For the 2020-21 season the VSO has created the innovative streaming service TheConcertHall.ca, a virtual home for a virtual season, where more than forty performances will be released throughout the year.

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN

b.Bonn, Germany / baptized December 17, 1770

d.Vienna, Austria / March 26, 1827

 Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67  

Beethovencompleted the Fifth during the first months of 1808. It has perhaps the mostfamiliar opening of any piece of classical orchestral music. This is also,surely, the most intense, even obsessive first movement anyone had written upto that time. That opening rhythm appears in almost every bar of the firstmovement. Recognizing the need to follow such a revolutionary tempest withsomething relaxed and traditional, in the second movement Beethoven offers aHaydn-esque set of variations, cast as a nonchalant stroll punctuated withpompous fanfares. The third movement is a dark, dramatic Scherzo. After thewhispered opening on the strings, the horns introduce a bold theme, clearlyrelated to the opening movement’s first subject. Later, Beethoven puts thelower strings through some spectacular paces. Composer Hector Berlioz comparedthem with “the gambols of a delighted elephant.”

 

TheScherzo’s closing measures, veiled in uncertainty, point to a tragicconclusion. In another act of symphonic innovation, Beethoven leads us straighton to the Finale; the path lies through a tunnel, echoing eerily with themuffled, heart-like beat of the timpani, the rhythm once again recalling thesymphony’s opening motive. Then with heart-stirring suddenness, we emerge intothe blazing sunlight of a glorious new dawn. Beethoven gives extra colour andsolidity to this exhilarating finale (which includes a reprise of the mainscherzo theme) by bringing piccolo, trombones and contrabassoon into thesymphonic orchestra for the first time. With this section, Beethoven and hislisteners conclude an emotional journey from darkness to light, the first suchexpedition undertaken in a symphony. This sequence of moods has the power tostir audiences on a fundamental level, embracing them in a common sense ofvictory. It also holds out the promise of hope, a tonic whose necessity neverfades. This generosity of spirit is the foundation stone of Beethoven’sreputation – and his immortality.

Program Notes © 2020 Don Anderson

Video Director

Alex Clark

Audio Engineer

Will Howie

Audio Editing

Matthew Baird

 

Thanks to

Vancouver Musicians’ Association Local 145

International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 118

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