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Andrey Boreyko on Alfred Schnittke’s 9th Symphony

The Hamburg Symphony Orchestra performed the German premiere of Alfred Schnittke’s 9th Symphony on 15 June 2008, on the occasion of the celebrations of the one hundredth anniversary of Laeisz Hall in Hamburg.

The parting Music Director Andrey Boreyko, who bade farewell to the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra with this concert, spoke about Alfred Schnittke’s “Ninth” in the daily newspaper Hamburger Abendblatt:

“They (the sketches of the 9th Symphony) emanate a fantastic, inexplicable energy.” (…)

“I was very fascinated that the number nine once again played such a fatal role for a composer.” (…)

“Music by Schnittke always interests me, and I have already conducted several of his works during my life.” (…)

“In Hamburg, the city in which the composer spent his final years, I presented his cantata ‘Seid nüchtern und wachet’ (Faust-Kantate) (Be Sober and Wakeful – Faust Cantata) at my first concert as Music Director of the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra. I would also like to conclude my activity as Music Director of the Symphony with music by Schnittke, Bach and Brahms.”