Jeroen Berwaerts with World Premiere in Grenoble
Toshio Hosokawa at the Mozartfest Würzburg
Brad Lubman conducts ‘Three Tales’ and ‘Shelter’ in Los Angeles
Tabea Zimmermann in Jerusalem
Hommage à Friedrich Cerha at Vienna Musikverein
‘wunderzaichen’: film about Mark Andre’s opera
Tora Augestad at the Bergen International Festival
Toshio Hosokawa’s opera ‘Matsukaze’ in Kiel
New film by Paolo Sorrentino with music by the Trio Mediaeval
Georg Friedrich Haas’ new saxophone quartet on tour in Europe
Arditti Quartet nominated for South Bank Sky Arts Award
Marc Soustrot conducts Bernstein & Gershwin in Malmö
28.05. Malmö Concert Hall
Tora Augestad: World Premiere at Bergen Festival
28.05. Logen Teater
Alejo Pérez conducts the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie
29.05. Glocke Bremen
Zoltán Nyári sings Max in "Der Freischütz" in Budapest
29.05. Magyar Állami Operaház
Steven Sloane at Deutsche Oepr Berlin
29.05. Deutsche Oper Berlin
Tora Augestad: Adam & Eve at Bergen Festival
29.05. Logen Teater
Eliahu Inbal with Mahler No.5 in Düsseldorf
29.05. Tonhalle Düsseldorf
Brad Lubman and Ensemble Signal in Los Angeles I
29.05. Walt Disney Concert Hall
F.F. Guy plays Liszt with Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest
29.05. Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam
Eliahu Inbal conducts Mahler no. 5 in Rotterdam
30.05. Concert- en Congresgebouw de Doelen Rotterdam
Duo - Recital with Zimmermann and Perianes in Madrid
30.05. Fundación Juan March
F.F. Guy plays Liszt with Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest
30.05. Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam
Eliahu Inbal with Mahler No.5 in Düsseldorf
31.05. Tonhalle Düsseldorf
Brad Lubman and Ensemble Signal in Los Angeles II
31.05. Walt Disney Concert Hall
F.F. Guy plays Liszt with Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest
31.05. Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam
Duo - Recital with Zimmermann and Perianes in Úbeda
31.05. Auditorio del Hospital de Santiago Ubeda
Peter Rundel and musikFabrik in Madrid
01.06. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia
Eliahu Inbal with Mahler No.5 in Düsseldorf
01.06. Tonhalle Düsseldorf
Duo - Recital with Zimmermann and Perianes in Santander
Tora Augestad with Marthaler's King Size in Bergen
02.06. Den Nationale Scene Bergen
Tora Augestad performs Marthaler's King Size in Bergen
03.06. Den Nationale Scene Bergen
Sarah Wegener at the Hugo-Wolf-Akademie Stuttgart
04.06. Staatsgalerie Stuttgart
Steven Sloane at Deutsche Oper
04.06. Deutsche Oper Berlin
F.F. Guy with T. Papavrami in Paris
05.06. Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord Paris
Alejo Pérez with Mischa Maisky at the Teatro di San Carlo Napoli
06.06. Teatro di San Carlo Napoli
Jeroen Berwaerts to premiere new work of Filidei
06.06. MC2 - Maison de la Culture de Grenoble
C. Prégardien with Cyprien Katsaris at Hamburg Laeiszhalle
07.06. Laeiszhalle Hamburg
Antje Weithaas and Camerata Bern
On 18 May, the lyrical tenor gave a lunchtime recital of Lieder by Franz Schubert and Robert Schumann as part of BBC Radio 3’s concert series together with pianist Daniel Heide. The concert was broadcast live from London’s Wigmore Hall and included Schubert settings of texts by Goethe, closing with Schumann’s Dichterliebe cycle based on poems by Heinrich Heine. ...
The Korean conductor Shiyeon Sung has held her first post as Chief Conductor since January 2014 with the Gyeonggi Philharmonic Orchestra. The orchestra is now touring Germany, taking in the Berlin Philharmonie, the city of Wiesbaden and the Musikfestspiele Saar. Shiyeon Sung is therefore leading her orchestra to the country where she learnt her conducting trade and where she acquired her reputation as one the most exciting emerging talents on the international music scene. ...
Tora Augestad welcomes me into her Berlin apartment. Between performances of Christoph Marthaler’s music theatre piece Tessa Blomstedt gibt nicht auf at the Berlin Volksbühne and her guest performances at the Royal Opera House London with Marthaler’s King Size, she is currently catching her breath and is using the time to prepare for new projects. The score of the opera Adam and Eve – A Divine Comedy is lying on her piano; she will give the world premiere of the work, composed by Cecilie Ore and commissioned by Tora Augestad herself, at the Bergen International Festival on 28 May. She says that God speaks more or less throughout the whole opera and flicking through the music, she quotes some extracts. ...
The evening / is bitter / for those / whose lover is as far / as the sky.
(Japan, unknown poet, 920 AD)
Matsukaze and Murasame share a passionate and unrequited love for the same man. Hundreds of years after their death, their ghosts return to the salt shack where they spent their lives. In a new production, stage directed by Matthias von Stegmann, Toshio Hosokawa’s opera about the two sisters can now be seen at the Kiel Opera House. Matsukaze can be seen again in the summer in Berlin: the Staatsoper im Schiller Tehater will show choreographer Sasha Waltz’s original world premiere production in three performances in July. ...
In three concerts in April, Tabea Zimmermann will perform Enno Poppe’s new viola concerto Filz together with Ensemble Resonanz. On this occasion, the violist talked with Till Knipper about the first encounter with new works, about whether having perfect pitch is a blessing or a curse and about why music-making and authoritarian structures are incompatible. ...
After the successful first round in the academic year 2014/15, young conductors can again apply for an internationally unique programme at Berlin’s University of the Arts (UdK): The International Conducting Academy Berlin (ICAB), conceived and directed by Steven Sloane, offers, alongside a two-year master's degree programme, a one-year postgraduate course, specifically tailored to the individual needs of the participants. It offers conductors with first work experience, who are already beyond the master’s level, a very focused way to improve upon their capabilities, benefitting from a variety of collaborations with orchestras and opera houses in Berlin and other German cities. ...
At a press conference on 2 February, the Minister-President of Bavaria Horst Seehofer and the Mayor of Munich Dieter Reiter announced that – instead of building a brand new concert hall for Munich, as originally foreseen – they were aiming to renovate the Philharmonic Hall at the Gasteig, and the Herkulessaal; subsequently, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra (BRSO) and Munich Philharmonic Orchestra (MPhil) were supposed to share both spaces. Bavarian Radio asked karsten witt musik management to produce a report at short notice, detailing the consequences of this decision. ...
An American conductor who lives in Germany, leading a radio orchestra that belongs to a station once founded by American occupation authorities, with a programme that includes works by Ives, Barber and Bernstein: it cannot get much more transatlantic than this in mid-February when Jonathan Stockhammer will conduct the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra and Gächinger Kantorei. Hans-Klaus Jungheinrich, a longstanding editor of the Frankfurter Rundschau and prominent author of books on topics such as opera and New Music, met the conductor to talk about a lifestyle based on dialogue, about exemplary conductors – and last but not least, about the music scene on both sides of the Atlantic. ...
It is Sarah Wegener’s third encounter with Jörg Widmann’s Drittes Labyrinth: on 21 February the soprano will perform the solo part in the roughly 50-minute-long piece for voice and large orchestra at Casa da Música with the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto under Peter Rundel. The world premiere at the Kölner Philharmonie was a turbulent one for her; the music came at the very last minute. “It was extremely nerve-wracking because the piece is unbelievably difficult,” she remembers during our discussion. ...
Interview with Meret Forster
Mr. Engel, what made you want to become a conductor?
It was a philosophically motivated and emotional decision. When I was exploring career options, it became clear to me that I wanted to invest my energy in the arts world. I would also have liked to become a film director, I still love the cinema, but a foray into this area showed me that my creative vision was not large enough. Music is the art form in which my talents lie. ...
The singer and actress Tora Augestad can be seen this season at the Volksbühne Berlin in Christoph Marthaler’s tongue in cheek production Tessa Blomstedt gibt nicht auf (Tessa Blomstedt won’t give up). She has already impressed premiere audiences in the role of Kekke: ...
Musicians who also express themselves in other artistic fields are at the centre of this year’s Donaueschingen Festival. A composer who many will see in a new light on this occasion is Friedrich Cerha. With over 900 paintings and collages as well as sculptural works produced over the many decades of his musical career, the composer leads a veritable double life. In Donaueschingen both sides of the artist Friedrich Cerha are on display. ...
Above the vineyards by Lake Constance, with stunning views of the ‘Swabian Sea’, lies the Glazier House, summer home of Gertrud and Hans Zender. It is here that we meet to talk about the composer’s new work, which is to be premiered just a stone’s throw away from here. On 17 October Oh cristalina... will form part of the opening concert of the Donaueschingen Festival, with the SWR Symphony Orchestra and SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart. It is with happy anticipation that Hans Zender is looking forward to the event: "Since I stopped conducting, I now enjoy just sitting down and listening," he says, especially as he knows that the world premiere is in the hands of conductor Emilio Pomárico, "one of my favorites, really." ...
It is always a sensation for the dance world when the Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan brings one of their productions to Germany. The great dance critic Jochen Schmidt described the company’s performance of the trilogy Cursive in the Berliner Haus der Kulturen der Welt in 2006 as, "Currently the most relevant dance piece in the world," and Pina Bausch warmly welcomed the ensemble in 2008 to her NRW International Dance Festival with great enthusiasm. The productions that have been performed in Germany over the last two decades are without exception electrifying and have received high praise from audiences and critics alike. ...
For Michael Jarrell, the world premiere of his new work at the Festival Musica in Strasbourg is a home game of sorts. Works of the Swiss composer have made the festival programme no fewer than 16 times over the last three decades, and every year since 2007. His new piece for the Arditti Quartet and Bamberg Symphony, however, was a special challenge. “For me, composing for a string quartet is like writing for an orchestra,” he explains. But then an idea came to him that kick-started the creative process and also provided the work with its title, Spuren (“Traces”). “The string quartet presents a musical idea and leaves behind traces, so to speak. The orchestra then functions as a screen onto which the string quartet’s musical ideas are projected and enlarged.” ...
The trumpet player Jeroen Berwaerts juggles many balls at once – as a soloist he performs the most virtuosic contemporary trumpet concertos, he is writing a yoga-inspired book on the art of breathing, and develops new and exciting programmes for the recitals he gives with a variety of smaller ensembles. In the following interview, he explains what connects him to the brass band tradition and why singing became an essential part of his trumpet recitals. We met Jeroen Berwaerts at the Bregenz Festival. ...
Johannes Maria Staud characterises the protagonist of his music-theatre work Die Antilope as “a young man who refuses to yield to society’s demands in an unusual way”. The libretto of the work, which will be premiered during the composer’s residency at the Lucerne Festival, was developed with the poet Durs Grünbein. Unlike in their previous collaboration on the opera after Edgar Allan Poe, Grünbein and Staud did not use any existing literary model. The composer spoke of his new opera to the dramaturge Christian Kipper from Lucerne Theatre, which commissioned the work together with Lucerne Festival. ...
The Mozarteum Foundation’s Dialogues Festival this year revolves around the theme Word. It is not by chance that György Ligeti’s works – alongside those of Mozart and Peter Eötvös – form the focus of the festival: Ligeti has repeatedly examined the sound of the human voice and the structure of linguistic communication in his works. ...
He plays Bartók, Brahms and Prokofiev in the world’s great concert halls, works closely with contemporary composers such as Bruno Mantovani and Marc Monnet, his recording of Liszt’s Harmonies poetiques et religieuses has received glowing reviews – however the key element of pianist François-Frédéric Guy’s musical world is Ludwig van Beethoven. He describes in poetic language his special relationship to the composer’s works: “You plunge into them as if on a deep-sea expedition and discover a secret world, which seems familiar and mysterious at the same time.” ...
“I couldn‘t live without playing string quartets,” says Ilya Gringolts, and that is how the Gringolts Quartet came into existence. At 15 to 20 concerts per year, it has become a substantial part of the violinist’s musical agenda. In August, for instance, the four string players can be heard at the Salzburg Festival and the Menuhin Festival Gstaad. ...
Samir Odeh-Tamimi’s Mansūr for large choir, four brass players and two percussionists received its world premiere at the Salzburg Festival on 26 July 2014 with great success. The work, which was commissioned by the Festival, is based on texts by and reflections on the Sufi mystic Mansūr Al-Hallāğ (858-922), with which the composer has dealt with in several of his works already. This article originally appeared in the Salzburg Festival programme booklet for the world premiere. ...
When Henry VIII set off on his quest to dissolve monasteries throughout his kingdom, this was a turning point not only for religion and economy, but also for the history of English music: while the king, a keen musician himself, is today known as a patron of Renaissance composers, his systematic destruction of the monastic libraries in the 1530s account for the fact that only a minute amount of mediaeval sacred music was preserved – many manuscripts merely survived because they were set aside as scrap paper. ...
Georg Friedrich Haas' opera Bluthaus, featuring a libretto by Händl Klaus, was commissioned by SWR, Germany’s Southwest Broadcasting, together with the Schwetzinger SWR Festspiele, where it received its world premiere on 29 April 2011. In the run-up to the world premiere, Georg Friedrich Haas talked about the work with Karsten Witt. ...
The GrauSchumacher Piano Duo is currently documenting one part of their varied repertoire with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester in a series of three CDs recorded with the contemporary music label NEOS Music. Wulf Weinmann, head of NEOS Music, talks to the GrauSchumacher Piano Duo and Stefan Heucke about their collaboration on the duo’s Concerti II CD, which was released in January 2014. ...
David Krakauer, a classically trained clarinettist with degrees from the Juilliard School of Music in New York, has devoted much of his adult life to the art of klezmer. Krakauer had his first encounter with klezmer music in 1980, when he heard the Eastern European Jewish klezmer master Dave Tarras play live. “Although he was already quite old and technically not so precise,” David recalled his playing, “he created a sound that sent a shiver down my spine. It was totally unforgettable!” ...
On 7 March 1974, the Arditti Quartet gave their very first concert at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Their debut, which included works by Luciano Berio, Toshiro Mayuzumi, Stanley Haynes and Witold Lutoslawski would already pave the way for programmes focusing on contemporary music in the years to come. Since then, the string quartet has characterised the musical history of its time like no other. During the four decades of its existence, the ensemble has performed over 7,400 works in more than 2,000 concerts, over 600 of which were world premieres of works that were often composed especially for the ensemble. The founder Irvine Arditti reflects on the first 40 years of the Arditti Quartet with Karsten Witt. ...
On 2 March 2014, Mark Andre’s first opera will receive its world premiere at the Oper Stuttgart. The dramaturge Patrick Hahn conceived the project together with the composer and writes about their research trip to Israel. ...
dark dreams is the title of Georg Friedrich Haas’ new work for orchestra that will receive its world premiere by the Berlin Philharmonic under Sir Simon Rattle on 20 February. Following the concerts in Berlin (20-22 February), the Berlin Philharmonic will perform the work in Hamburg (3 March), Brussels (4 March), Luxembourg (5 March), Cologne (6 March) and Vienna (7 March). The US premiere will take place on 6 October in Carnegie Hall, which commissioned the work together with the Berlin Philharmonic. ...
Mount Sodom, in the Judean desert, is made up entirely of halite, or rock salt. It continues to rise up out of the earth, as it has been doing for hundreds of thousands of year. As the heat, water, ice and pressure of the Earth's atmosphere work to break down Mount Sodom's rocks, portions separate and break away. One of these pillars is said to be Lot's wife, the Biblical figure who defied God's orders not to look back at her home, the city of Sodom, as it went up in flames. Maya Beiser was driving through the Judean desert when she saw the rock formation said to be Lot's wife, eternally suffering her punishment, frozen as a pillar of salt. ...
For the 26-year-old South Korean pianist HJ Lim, scaling down has never been high on her agenda. When she debuts with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra with an all-Rachmaninoff programme in February 2014, her performance will comprise the first three of the Russian master’s concertos as well as his Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini and will take place over the course of three consecutive evenings. An ambitious venture for any pianist, it’s not the first time in the young performer’s career that she has tackled a composer’s oeuvre in this fashion. ...
"In my opinion, the UPO is one of the best in Russia, which means in Europe as well, as the level of the Russian musicians is very high. (…) One of the main qualities of this orchestra is its unbelievable temperament and ability to stand for each other. This is a very important quality and it greatly impresses me every time." – Vadim Repin ...
Admittedly, there is quite an accumulation of engagements in Friedrich Cerha’s concert diary just short of his 88th birthday, but in this instance, this ought not to cause too many logistical problems at least: the two upcoming world premieres will take place approximately 150 km away from each other as the crow flies – less than one and a half hours by train. The Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra (hr-Sinfonieorchester) under Andrés Orozco-Estrada (for whom this concert will be his last as principle conductor of the orchestra) will give the world premiere of Tagebuch für Orchester on 6 February. The following day, can be heard for the first time in the Kölner Philharmonie, performed by the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne under the direction of Jukka-Pekka Saraste. ...
One can say that the violinist Ilya Gringolts has had the career of a child prodigy and one would not be far off: after studying violin as a child in Saint Petersburg with Tatiana Liberova, the story goes that Itzhak Perlman was made aware of the young violinist after watching a video of him. Sometime later, Ilya Gringolts was to be a student of Perlman’s at the Juilliard School in New York. He also made a name for himself as the youngest winner in the history of the Premio Paganini International Violin Competition and is a regular performer in famous concert halls such as Wigmore Hall as a BBC New Generation Artist. ...
Without light, there would be no darkness, without darkness there would be no light. This dualism illustrates the pulse of life itself completely and has inspired a vast number of works throughout cultural history. The organist Bernard Foccroulle, who is also well-known around the world as a composer and director of the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, works with artists from a wide range of different fields. Together with the video artist Lynette Wallworth, he captures the roll of light and darkness in music and nature. ...
Antje Weithaas is used to leading concerts from the concertmaster’s desk. Following two years as artist in residence with the Kammerakademie Potsdam, she has held the post of artistic director of the Camerata Bern, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2012, since 2009. ...
Contrary to what his name may suggest, Samir Odeh-Tamimi is a German composer through and through. Of Palestinian-Israeli nationality, it is in Germany where he studied musicology and composition and where for some 15 years now Ensemble Modern, musikFabrik, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and the WDR choir, among others, have performed his works. "I have lived here for over 20 years now, but normally nobody thinks of asking me about what is German about my music", he says with a laugh. "I would prefer to speak of what is Western about my music, anyway. New Music is not strictly speaking a German but a Western movement, and it’s the same with the avant-garde in the visual arts." ...