Between riot and adaptation
On 27 and 28 September, the Berlin Festival for Contemporary Music Theatre BAM will present the premiere of the SONGS OF REBELLION: Brigitta Muntendorf's musical play about the power of the protest song, which was was created in collaboration with the director Michael Höppner and participants of the Garage Ensemble and Opera Lab Berlin.
You can read more about the SONGS OF REBELLION and its creation in our magazine.
27.9.2019, 19.30; 28.9.2019, 17:00
Berlin, Ballhaus Ost
In the Brucknerhaus, and with Bruckner at home
... are Eliahu Inbal and the Konzerthausorchester Berlin at the end of September. The first version of Anton Bruckner's 8th Symphony will be conducted by the former principal conductor, now an honorary member of the orchestra, on 26 September at the Brucknerhaus Linz and on 27 and 29 September at the Konzerthaus Berlin.
27.9.2019, 20:00; 29.9.2019, 16:00
Conductor Jan Caeyers and his orchestra Le Concert Olympique are performing two works alongside Beethoven's Symphony No. 4, the creators of which he deeply admired: Luiqi Cherubini's Faniska Overture will be heard at the start of the orchestra's three forthcoming concerts in Brussels (25.9.), Leuven (26.9.) and Hasselt (28.9.), and Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 20 will be performed by Mariam Batsashvili.
The young pianist, who is currently receiving enthusiastic reviews for her new album with music by Liszt and Chopin, will be making her debut in the Brussels Flagey with this performance.
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Flanders under the Inquisition
The opera Don Carlos marks the opening of Alejo Pérez’ his first season as music director of the Opera Ballet Vlaanderen. Guiseppe Verdi's dramatic opera about political and amorous intrigues surrounding the Franco-Spanish war and rebellious Flanders will be staged in Antwerp and Ghent from 19 September to the end of October in a production by Johan Simons. The visual design was executed by the artist Hans Op de Beeck.
Read more about Alejo Pérez' new position as music director in our magazine
19.9. through 30.10.2019
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Opera Ballet Vlaanderen
Schumann and Wagner
Christoph Prégardien's recording of Schumann's Dichterliebe, his Lenau Lieder as well as Wagner's Wesendonck Lieder has now been released. Together with pianist Michael Gees, with whom he has worked intensively for many years, Prégardien recorded the works for the Challenge label. The duo has already recorded a whole series of highly acclaimed CDs for Challenge:
Amongst others, Die schöne Müllerin, which was awarded as Editor's Choice of the magazine Gramophone and with the MIDEM Record of the Year Award; Between Life and Death as well as the Grammy nominated new recording of Winterreise - were released.
Robert Schumann: Dichterliebe Op. 48, Lenau-Lieder and Requiem Op. 90
Richard Wagner: Wesendonck Songs
Christoph Prégardien, Michael Gees
Challenge Classics CC 72788
Antje Weithaas' recording with the NDR Radiophilharmonie, under the direction of its chief conductor Andrew Manze, will be released on the cpo label on 16 September. In addition to Schumann's Violin Concerto, the violinist recorded Brahms' Double Concerto, whose cello part was played by Maximilian Hornung. The recording thus unites two outstanding soloists, as well as two composers who were closely interwoven:
Both works were written for the renown violinist Joseph Joachim, who played a central role for both Schumann and Brahms.
In addition to her artistic friendship with Maximilian Hornung, Antje Weithaas also has a longstanding collaboration with the NDR Radiophilharmonie. Her complete recording of Max Bruch's works for violin and orchestra with the orchestra on the cpo label was released in 2016.
Schumann Violin Concerto
Brahms Double Concerto
Antje Weithaas, Maximilian Hornung, NDR Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Andrew Manze
New with us - Andrew Robert Munn
We are pleased to announce the start of our work with Andrew Robert Munn! The young American bass stands out not only for his elegantly led and brightly warm voice, but also for his engagement as an environmental activist before his vocal studies at the famous Julliard School in New York, both of which were a result of his childhood as a son of archaeologists, who encouraged his advocate personality and creativity as a librettist and a producer of various musical projects.
For the Californian-born artist, who recently made a name for himself as a finalist in the Innsbruck Cesti competition, several important debuts are scheduled for the current season: In New York's Carnegie Hall and at Stanford University's Bing Concert Hall, he will appear as a soloist in the world premiere of Zhou Long's scenic oratorio Men of Iron and the Golden Spike, followed by his first recital in Paris.
New with us - Henrik Schaefer
We are please to announce the start of our work with Henrik Schaefer! He is a regular fixture on the podium at opera houses and symphony orchestras across the world, proving himself an engaged partner with strong musical ideas. The Bochum-born musician started his conducting career as an assistant to Claudio Abbado and since 2014 has been Music Director of the Gothenburg Opera House, one of the leading opera houses in Scandinavia.
He led the huose to many acclaimed successes, with operas by Mozart (Figaro, Magic Flute), Strauss (Daphne), Thomas (Hamlet) or most recently 2018/19 with Madama Butterfly, as well as with the introduction of new concert formats.
From 2004 to 2011 Henrik Schaefer was Principal Guest Conductor of the Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra, and from 2007 to 2013 he was Chief Conductor of the Wermland Opera Karlstad, where he found international recognition through his performances of the complete Ring cycle using historical instruments.
Loaded with Love
With his monumental revolutionary opera Al gran sole carico d'amore, Luigi Nono created a fervent plea for the fight against social injustice. Now the "scenic action in two parts", under the musical direction of Jonathan Stockhammer, comes onto the stage of the Theater Basel. The work, produced by Sebastian Baumgarten, can be experienced between 14 September and 29 October.
14.9. through 29.10.
salzburg lies by the sea
... an allusion to Shakespeare's famous geographical utopia, made by the Taschenopernfestival Salzburg, which Peter Rundel will be the musical director of starting this year. In addition to the musical-scenic work on five new short operas, which will be staged between 24 and 28 September, the conductor is also organising up a new conducting academy to accompany the festival.
Since 2005, the biennial festival has seen itself as a laboratory and experimental field for the interdisciplinary art form of opera. This year, short operas by Sara Glojnaric, Sarah Nemtsov, Gordon Kampe, Gerald Resch and Stephan Winkler, all based on motifs from Shakespeare dramas, will be performed by the artistic team lead by Peter Rundel, director Thierry Bruehl and the Austrian ensemble für neue musik in an open working process.
The newest addition is the Conducting Academy, which Peter Rundel is establishing this year with the support of the German Music Council. The aim is to give young conductors access to the development of contemporary music theatre by involving them in the conceptual and practical work throughout the entire production process.
You can learn more about Peter Rundel's view of contemporary music theatre through our Magazine article.
24. bis 28.9.2019
WARNER CLASSICS DEBUT
Mariam Batsashvili’s first album for Warner Classics was released on 30 August. In her Warner debut, the young Georgian pianist dedicates herself to her favourite composer Franz Liszt and illuminates an interesting chapter: Liszt's relationship to his contemporary Frédéric Chopin. Here the link to the album.
The Observer writes „Her technical prowess and ability to negotiate Liszt’s showy grandeur is a given, but her sense of his inner world, his wistful, nonchalant poetry – in the Grande études in A flat or the Consolations (Pensées poétiques) or the Polish Songs after Chopin – sets her apart as one to watch.“
new position for Eva Ollikainen
The Iceland Symphony Orchestra has appointed Eva Ollikainen Chief Conductor and Artistic Director, with an initial four-year contract beginning with the 2020/21 season. The ISO is the national orchestra of Iceland and resident at Harpa Concert Hall, a landmark building in Reykjavík’s waterfront area. She will be working alongside Managing Director Lára Sóley Jóhannsdóttir:
“Eva Ollikainen's appointment marks a new chapter for the orchestra – a start of an incredibly exciting time of great opportunities. With her previous work with the orchestra, she has gained a strong connection with our musicians and audiences through her commitment, vibrant energy and enthusiasm. She understands how important the orchestra is to our society and how that connection can be developed even further. But most importantly Eva shares our vision for the future. She has all the qualities needed to raise the artistic level of the orchestra. We cannot wait to welcome Eva to our team.”
During her tenure, she will conduct a minimum of eight weeks during the regular concert season and will join the orchestra on international tours. Before her inaugural season, Ollikainen takes to the stage in March 2020 for the Iceland Symphony Orchestra’s 70th anniversary.
“I have always felt a deep bond with the musicians of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. Not only are they virtuosos on the highest international level, but their way of understanding and communicating music is unique. I very much look forward to our collaboration exploring new and old repertoire together, and the musical encounters with our fantastic audience," says the Finnish conductor.