Teodor Currentzis © Nikita-Chuntomov
In two concerts this season, Teodor Currentzis will lead the orchestra he recently founded, Utopia, and the SWR Symphony Orchestra, which he has now led as principal conductor since 2018. The repertoire focus this time is entirely on impressionism and classical modernism: Igor Stravinsky and Maurice Ravel characterise the programmes of both Utopia's debut concert and the following cycle concert with the SWR Symphony Orchestra, with Stravinsky's early Russian ballets, "The Firebird" and "Sacre", and Ravel's most impressive dance pieces, "La Valse" and "Boléro", tying the two evenings together. The moving violin concerto by Alban Berg Dmitri and Shostakovich's gripping 5th Symphony and can be experienced in the following concert by the SWR Symphony Orchestra. In their own way, both composers followed in the footsteps of Gustav Mahler, whose colossal Third Symphony, pointing towards the utopian, as it were, provides the festive finale.
The originally announced performances of Richard Wagner's "Tristan und Isolde" and the "High Mass" by Johann Sebastian Bach can unfortunately not be realised in the 2022/23 season.