After the pianist examined the relationship between Franz Liszt and Frédéric Chopin on her first highly acclaimed album, the focus is once again on Liszt: the new album features Liszt's realisation of the Liebestod from Wagner's Tristan und Isolde, the arrangement of Bellini's opera La sonnambula by Sigismund Thalberg, and Harold Bauer's arrangement of César Franck's Prélude, Fugue et Variation.more
"Outstanding through and through": On 26 August, Miriam Batsashvili's second album was released on the Warner Classics label, centred on Liszt's piano transcriptions from the opera, lied, and organ repertoire.
"Drastic and clear" - "strong and accurate": Johannes Klumpp received enthusiastic reviews for his conducting of the two opera premieres From a House of the Dead and The Makropulos Affair on April 30 at the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden. The Janáček double bill was performed again in May; individually, the operas will be shown until July.
Vito Žuraj's first full-length opera Blühen was premiered in Frankfurt in January 2023 and received enthusiastic reviews. Before the world premiere, we spoke to the composer about his collaboration with librettist Händl Klaus, director Brigitte Fassbaender and the Ensemble Modern, which played under Michael Wendeberg.