Mahan Esfahani's first concert album for Hyperion with works by Bohuslav Martinů, Hans Krása and Viktor Kalabis had already received outstanding reviews. Gramophone said: "(...) an unalloyed joy (...) If I encounter an album as good as this one this year I will be overjoyed." The Times wrote: "Esfahani's fingers never stop sparkling (...) Esfahani's crusades for his instrument know no bounds."more
Congratulations to Mahan Esfahani: His recording of 20th century Czech harpsichord concertos with the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra under Alexander Liebreich is awarded an Opus Klassik.
On 4 October, Peter Rundel on the podium of the Remix Ensemble will launch a new work by Jörg Widmann together with baritone Matthias Goerne in Porto. Schumannliebe will also be performed in the Kölner Philharmonie on 8 October and in the Elbphilharmonie on 10 October alongside Brice Pauset's Kinderszenen with Robert Schumann.
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.