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.more
"Few approach the unknown world of the organ with such patience and intensity,” enthused organist Stephan Heuberger about composer Mark Andre and his work iv15 Himmelfahrt.
"If one recognizes the suffering of the other, one can stop this metamorphosis of the victim becoming the perpetrator." – In a personal statement, Chaya Czernowin talks about her perspective on her opera Pnima and its connection to the current situation. A new production of the work premiered at the Staatstheater Darmstadt on 27 January, the International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
The magazine Online Merker recently described Eliahu Inbal as having "ageless vitality" - and so it comes as no surprise that the conductor is celebrating his 88th birthday on 16 February on the podium of the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, with whom he will perform five concerts in February.
In the summer of 2023, Titus Engel conducted Olivier Messiaen's Saint François d'Assise, an opera that not only goes beyond the usual dimensions of the orchestra, but in Anna-Sophie Mahler's Stuttgart production also incorporated the urban space and nature as a kind of pilgrimage. A documentary about the production is now available online in the ARD media library.
Lukas Ligeti is the artistic director of the World New Music Days, which took place in Africa for the first time in its centenary year from 24 November to 3 December - a unique opportunity for creative exchange: both the African audience and the guests from all over the world heard music they had never come into contact with before.
World premiere of the year: Vito Žuraj's first full-length opera Blühen came to the stage in Frankfurt in early 2023 under the musical direction of Michael Wendeberg and has now been named premiere of the year by Opernwelt magazine. In our interview, Vito Žuraj talks about his collaboration with librettist Händl Klaus, director Brigitte Fassbaender and the Ensemble Modern.