The end and the beginning
Tchaikovsky placed his »entire soul« into the »Pathétique«, premiered only nine days before his death, and considered by many to be a requiem for a life rich in creation and sacrifice. Of similar maturity, Shostakovich’s First Cello Concerto is an entirely different work. Written in 1959 during a political thaw, it is understood as an indictment of Stalin. Anton Webern’s »Im Sommerwind«, on the other hand, stands at the beginning of an artistic career. And indeed the subtitle tells us this is an idyll, a time when we see life stretching out before us.