23.07. Schloss Hundisburg
23.07. Salle Pasteur | Le Corum Montpellier
23.07. Klosterkirche Bordesholm
24.07. Salle Pasteur | Le Corum Montpellier
24.07. Kollegienkirche, Salzburg
25.07. Royal Albert Hall, London
25.07. Kumho Art Hall Yonsei, Yonsei University
26.07. Schloss Hundisburg
26.07. Teatro Colón Buenos Aires
26.07. Akademie Schloss Solitude
27.07. Konzertkirche Neubrandenburg
27.07. Schloss Hundisburg
27.07. Akademie Schloss Solitude
28.07. Sankt-Nicolai-Kirche, Oschersleben
30.07. Théâtre de Verdure
31.07. Chiesa di San Francesco, Asciano
One of the reasons György Ligeti’s music continues to fascinate audiences is that the composer constantly reinvented his musical style and was always searching for something new; a consequence of his incredible openness to a wide range of musical styles across different genres and cultures. His son Lukas Ligeti has inherited this curiosity and has devoted a large part of his career to crossing the boundaries between different musical traditions, both as a composer and percussionist and in his role as a Professor at the University of California. Christoph Wagner met him to talk about his development as a musician, his fascination for African music and his relationship to his father. Here we reproduce excerpts from their conversation with the kind permission of the Neue Zeitschrift für Musik, where the full-length interview was originally published (02/2019)....
The postponement of a premiere is an everyday occurrence in the music world. That the reason is not an unfinished piece, but rather an unfinished instrument is somewhat exceptional. In the case of Mark Andre’s iv15 Himmelfahrt, written for the inauguration of the 1886 Strobel organ in Bad Frankenhausen in Thüringen, the craftsmanship was behind the delay. The restoration of such a complex historical instrument is no easier to plan than the composition of a piece of music, meaning that Stephan Heuberger’s performance of the work last October at St. Ludwig’s in Munich was just a sneak preview, played with electronic organ stops....
In May, Wergo will release a portrait CD including Anssi Karttunen’s recordings of Hans Werner Henze’s English Love Songs with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Oliver Knussen. It is not only the three artists who shared a long-lasting friendship and working relationship; Hans Werner Henze and Anssi Karttunen were and are long-lasting companions for us, too. In 2004, Anssi Karttunen was one of our first artists, impressing us with his insatiable musical curiosity, which most recently has led to a collaboration with Led Zeppelin legend John Paul Jones. We had the pleasure of working with Hans Werner Henze in the preparations for the concerts in celebration of his 80th birthday in 2006, and continued our relationship until his death in 2012. He was one of the first composers for whom we worked, laying the foundation for a particularly important focus of our activities. For our magazine, Anssi Karttunen reminisces on his encounter with Hans Werner Henze and Oliver Knussen, and on the special rehearsal work for the English Love Songs....
The large-scale spatial triptych for the Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne will reach its conclusion this spring. Lab.Oratorium, staged by Nicolas Stemann and featuring orchestra, choir, singer soloists and actors, will be performed in Cologne, Hamburg and Paris. In this work, composer Philippe Manoury once again draws on a wide variety of musical and theatrical methods. In a guest article for our magazine, Patrick Hahn explores the fundamental questions of the new work and its place within the trilogy....