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SOB symphony concerts

SOB symphony concerts

SOB symphony concerts are organized by the orchestra itself. Their programmes are decided by the principal conductor and the artistic director. Internationally renowned artistes perform as guest soloists, and the orchestra plays under the direction of its principal conductor or inspiring guest conductors. Until the re-opening of the Stadtcasino in 2020/21, the SOB symphony concerts are held in the Basler Münster, Theater Basel und Musical Theater Basel.

SOB symphony concerts

Bruckner+ Schmidt und Mahler


Members of the SOB
Wiebke Lehmkuhl
, contralto
Andreas Liebig, organ
Ivor Bolton, conductor

Franz Schmidt: Fuga Solemnis 
Gustav Mahler: Kindertotenlieder (Songs on the Death of Children)
Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 6 in A major, WAB 106

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Members of the SOB
Wiebke Lehmkuhl
, contralto
Andreas Liebig, organ
Ivor Bolton, conductor

Franz Schmidt: Fuga Solemnis 
Gustav Mahler: Kindertotenlieder (Songs on the Death of Children)
Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 6 in A major, WAB 106

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Bruckner+ Schmidt und Mahler


SOB symphony concert

Wednesday, 22. May

07:30 PM

6.30pm: Introduction to the concert (in German) at Allgemeine Lesegesellschaft

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In his 6th Symphony Anton Bruckner struck out in new directions. His "boldest", as he himself called it, has a scenically figurative character and uses the modal keys of early church music. After the work’s premiere in Vienna in 1883, in which only the 2nd and 3rd movements were played, the critic Ludwig Benedikt Hahn described it as "strange, bewildering, primevally raw". This performance was extraordinary, though: never before had the Vienna Philharmonic included a Bruckner symphony in its regular concert programme. To this day the Sixth is among the least understood and most infrequently played of Bruckner’s works, yet it was none other than Gustav Mahler who first performed the work in its entirety in 1899. In his day Mahler had to put up with a great deal of criticism for his Kindertotenlieder, first and foremost from his wife Alma: "I cannot understand how it is possible to sing of the death of children when not half an hour before they were happy and healthy and you were hugging and kissing them." German contralto Wiebke Lehmkuhl will interpret these songs about anguish, grief and consolation. The evening’s second + is the last great fugue by Austrian composer Franz Schmidt. Scored for solo organ, 16 brass instruments, timpani and tom-tom, the Fuga Solemnis in the Basel Minster promises to be a monumental listening experience.

Bruckner+ Schmidt und Mahler


SOB symphony concert

Wednesday, 22. May

07:30 PM

6.30pm: Introduction to the concert (in German) at Allgemeine Lesegesellschaft

Tickets