From Port to Port
... namely from the Douro to the Elbe: Peter Rundel is traveling to Hamburg for the 20th anniversary of his Remix Ensemble. The soloist ensemble for new music is based at the Casa da Música Porto. At the Elbphilharmonie on 22 September, Hans Zender's compositional view of Beethoven's Diabelli Variations, 33 changes over 33 changes, is on the program, after which Herbert Schuch will then interpret Beethoven's Variations. And there will also be a musical celebration in Porto:
There, on 20 October, the ensemble will premiere Francesco Filidei's Requiem together with the choir of the House. Magnus Lindberg's Joy and Hugues Dufourt's L'Origine du Monde are also on the program, with Pierre-Laurent Aimard a prominent guest on the piano in this Portuguese premiere evening.
You can read more about the ensemble's development, Peter Rundel's role as its long-standing artistic director and Casa da Música, inaugurated in 2005, in our magazine.
Porto, Casa da Música
Six realms of existence
For the new album now released on the Ondine label with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra under Hannu Lintu, Anssi Karttunen has recorded a cello concerto by his close friend Peter Lieberson (1946-2011). The Six Realms for cello and orchestra takes its title from a central teaching of Buddhism, the six realms in the cycle of rebirth.
Lieberson's Concerto for Amplified Cello and Orchestra takes up this philosophy and consists of six parts, each of which stands for one realm of existence. In addition to the Six Realms, the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra's recording also features Lieberson's song cycle Songs of Love and Sorrow, interpreted by the Canadian baritone Gerald Finley.
Peter Lieberson: Songs of Love and Sorrow, The Six Realms
Ondine, ODE 1356-2
Newly joining us: Marie-Elisabeth Hecker
We are very pleased to begin working with the cellist Marie-Elisabeth Hecker, whose playing has been described by DIE ZEIT as "heartbreakingly sad and somnambulistically beautiful". Her special intensity of expression can be experienced several times in the coming weeks, both with orchestra and in chamber music format:
Along with Antje Weithaas on violin and Martin Helmchen on piano, she will interpret Beethoven's Triple Concerto in Monaco with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo under Kazuki Yamada. With Schumann's Fantasy Pieces op. 88 and Shostakovich's Piano Trio No. 2 op. 67, the trio is also a guest at deSingel Antwerp and De Bijloke Muziekcentrum Gent.
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Six years after its opening, the Konzerthaus Blaibach is confronting the difficult conditions under which concert life currently stands with a diverse musical series of 115 concerts. Through the end of November, Maximilian Hornung, Claire Huangci, Ilya Gringolts, Gabor Vosteen, Mahan Esfahani, das GrauSchumacher Piano Duo und Yeree Suh, among others, will be guests in the Bavarian Forest.
At the end of August, pianist Claire Huangci and soprano Yeree Suh already performed Beethoven's 9th Symphony in Czerny's version for piano four hands at the opening concert in Blaibach. Maximilian Hornung then travels to the Upper Palatinate for portrait concerts with solo, duo and trio pieces. Both can be heard in Blaibach at the end of September and beginning of October with further concerts.
Under normal conditions, the architecturally and acoustically outstanding Konzerthaus Blaibach can accommodate 200 visitors*. This unique project was initiated by the baritone Thomas E. Bauer and the Kulturwald gGmbH.
12 and 13/9/2020, Maximilian Hornung
29/9/2020, Claire Huangci
3 and 4/9/2020, Maximilian Hornung
29 and 30/10/2020, Ilya Gringolts
31/10 and 1/11/2020, Gabor Vosteen
8/11/2020, Mahan Esfahani
21 and 22/11/2020, Grau Schumacher Piano Duo
28 and 29/11/2020, Yeree Suh
Chief Opera Conductor in Halle
With the beginning of the current 2020/21 season, Michael Wendeberg has taken up his new post as chief conductor of the opera at the Bühnen Halle. He had already been the first Kapellmeister at the opera house since 2016. This season he will conduct the premieres of Janáčeks Jenůfa and Wagner's Tristan und Isolde.
The Volksoper Stockholm (Folkoperan) has appointed Henrik Schaefer as its new Music Director starting the beginning of the 2021/22 season, where he most recently led Massenet's Don Quichotte with great success in 2018.
For his inaugural production in autumn 2021, the Bochum-born composer initiates the establishment of the first “original sound” orchestra for romantic repertoire in Sweden. This is a theme that he had already addressed in 2007 for Parsifal at the Wermland Opera Karlstad, and which later attracted international attention for his Ring at the same house, performed on period instruments.
In Stockholm, Henrik Schaefer will join the new Artistic Director Tobias Theorell. Together they would like to give the house a new artistic touch after a recent extensive renovation. Since 1976, the Volksoper Stockholm has made it its mission - first as an independent theatre company and later as a permanent institution - to explore and make opera art accessible with new and surprising approaches.
Mahan Esfahani's new CD received euphoric reviews immediately after its release: " This album of modern pieces for harpsichord will completely upend your idea of the instrument," The Telegraph wrote, and the BBC Record Review found: "it‘s brilliantly done". The album, entitled Musique?, released in July by Hyperion, was also enthusiastically reviewed by The New Yorker:
" In acoustic works by Toru Takemitsu, Henry Cowell, and Gavin Bryars, he demonstrates the deft touch and technical bravura familiar from his celebrated Baroque interpretations. But, in electroacoustic pieces by Kaija Saariaho, Anahita Abbasi, and Luc Ferrari, Esfahani’s exuberant lines, rapier-sharp thrusts, and bombastic explosions abandon courtly decorum, revealing an instrument strange and new.” De Volkskrant summed it up: "...a theatrical listening experience."
Chief conductor in Heidelberg
Johannes Klumpp has just been announced as chief conductor and artistic director of the Heidelberg Symphony Orchestra. Although artistic planning in the times of the pandemic is characterized by uncertainty, one major task is already set for him: the completion of the recording of all Haydn symphonies, on which his predecessor, the orchestra founder Thomas Fey, worked with great success.
Due to an accident, Thomas Fey has been unable to conduct his orchestra since 2014. “When the orchestra and I worked together, we noticed that we were musically and personally on the same wavelength. It soon became clear: we want to bring this 'Heidelberg Haydn' to its completion, together! “, Johannes Klumpp said in an interview with the Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung. He describes the recordings made under Fey as "agile, lively, superbly phrased and articulated, historically informed" and wants to continue them in the same spirit – in addition to the concerts in the Heidelberg Stadthalle and the orchestra’s touring activities, which will hopefully soon be resumed.
New Beethoven CD Box
OUT NOW: François-Frédéric Guy celebrates the start of the Beethoven year 2020 with a play-conduct recording of the complete piano concertos of the great composer. Together with the Sinfonia Varsovia, the Beethoven specialist presents his interpretation of the works at the piano and on the podium in a CD box released on Printemps des Arts de Monte-Carlo.
Click here for the CD.