BR Symphony Orchestra interprets Hartmanns Symphony Nr. 4 for string orchestra on 20./21. of April

The BR Symphony Orchestra will perform some exciting and rarely played works from the 20th century at the Isarphilharmonie on 20./21. April (beginning at 8 pm). Tabea Zimmermann, currently the BRSO’s Artist in Residence, will conduct the concert from the viola. Karl Amadeus Hartmanns Symphony Nr. 4 for string orchestra(1938, rev. 1946-48) will open the concert. After Hartmann composed the work in 1938 as a symphony for string orchestra and soprano, however, there was initially no opportunity to perform it, as his compositions were considered “degenerate art” under the Nazis. Hartmann later reworked the work into his purely instrumental Fourth Symphony in 1946/1947, which finally premiered in Munich on 2. April 1948 with the “Radio Orchestra and guests of the Munich Philharmonic” conducted by Hans Rosbaud. The other works of the evening are “Lachrymae – Reflections on a Song of Dowland”, op. 48a for solo viola and string orchestra by Benjamin Britten (1976) and Dmitri Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony for String Orchestra, op. 110a after the String Quartet No. 8.

The concert will also be broadcasted live on the radio programme BR-Klassik on Friday, 21 April at 8 pm and will be available afterwards as audio at

The programme booklet and further information and tickets can be found at: