Musette in Dresden
On 1 June Richard Galliano and his New Jazz Musette Quartet will be performing outdoors at the inner courtyard of the Deutsche Werkstätten Hellerau Building Ensemble. In cooperation with the Dresden Music Festival, the summer festival "Hellerau meets internationals" will feature a concert evening at which Richard Galliano will present his very own combination of jazz and French Musette music.
Encouraged by his friend and mentor Astor Piazzolla, Richard Galliano integrated the musette into his jazz language and founded his New Jazz Musette Quartet, which has been in existence for over 30 years. Before and after the concert, which will include Jean-Marie Ecay on guitar, Bruno Rousselet on double bass and Jean-Christophe Galliano on drums, French delicacies will be served in Hellerau.
1.6.2019, 20.00 Uhr
Dresden-Hellerau, Deutsche Werkstätten
Resonance through Chamber Music
From 30 May to 2 June, Antje Weithaas will be a guest at the Festival Resonances in the Château de Halloy, south of Brussels in Wallonia, with a master class and numerous concerts. She performs works by Beethoven, Brahms and Tchaikovsky in various instrumentations.
30.5 through 2.6.2019
Ciney, Château de Halloy
Premiere on a mountain
On 30 May, the Alban Berg Ensemble Wien will premiere Friedrich Cerha's Micrograms for ensemble at the opening concert of the BERGfrühling Ossiach Festival. The work for four wind instruments, two percussionists, piano and strings will be performed in the Alban Berg Hall in Ossiach Monastery under the direction of Christian Muthspiel.
Ossiach, Carinthische Musikakademie
Back in Charleston
From 24 May to 5 June, Steven Sloane will be guest at the Spoleto Festival in Charleston with four performances of Richard Strauss' opera Salome. The conductor is closely associated with the festival, which he was the music director of from 1996 to 2000. Salome will be shown at the festival in a new production directed by Patrice Caurier and Moshe Leiser; the main roles will be played by soprano Melanie Henley Heyn and tenor Paul Groves.
24.5. through 5.6.2019, Please see left for dates
Charleston, Gaillard Center
To Perm with Haas
On 24 May, Bas Wiegers will conduct the Klangforum Wien during a guest performance at the Perm State Opera and Ballet Theatre. Performed in the darkness, the 3rd string quartet In iij. Noct. by Georg Friedrich Haas will be heard, followed by his work Hyena for speaker and ensemble. The performance follows Bas Wiegers' conducting of the revised version of Haas' opera Koma in Klagenfurt.
Georg Friedrich Haas composed Hyena as music for an autobiographical narrative of his wife, the actress and storyteller Mollena Lee Williams-Haas, who interprets the work with the Klangforum. In the text she fights along the difficult path between alcohol addiction to abstinence for liberation from her inner demon, personified in the form of a hyena.
Bas Wiegers will conduct the work again on June 4, then with the Ensemble Musikfabrik and Mollena Lee Williams-Haas at the Deutschlandfunk Chamber Music Hall in Cologne.
Perm, Staatlichen Opern- und Ballett-Theater
Beethoven in Seoul
François-Frédéric Guy continues his long list of appearances with Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas: on 23 and 30 May, four of each of the works can be heard at the Kumho Art Hall in Seoul. A year ago, he performed the first part of the cycle there over two concerts, which he has already performed in Washington, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Monte Carlo, Norwich, Metz and Buenos Aires.
23. and 30.5.2019, 20.00
Seoul, Kumho Art Hall
Angel over Rome
From 23 May to 1 June, Alejo Pérez will conduct five performances of Sergei Prokofiev's opera The Fiery Angel, newly staged by Emma Dante, at the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma. The Argentinean has a long-standing collaboration with the house, where he has conducted performances of La Cenerentola, Die Nase and Lulu, among others.
Although Sergei Prokofiev began work on The Fiery Angel in 1919 immediately after the completion of his fairy-tale opera The Love for Three Oranges and completed it in 1928, the composer did not experience it on stage again: it was not until the year after his death in 1954 that a concert premiere of the piece took place, which only slowly found its way into the repertoire, not least because of the extremely demanding role of Renata.
23.5.2019, 20.00 (Premiere)
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Teatro dell’Opera di Roma
Anssi Karttunen was friends with both Hans Werner Henze (1926 - 2012) and Oliver Knussen (1952 - 2018). His first recording of Hans Werner Henze's great cello romance, the English Love Songs, with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Oliver Knussen. is therefore particularly close to the cellist's heart. The CD will be released on 17 May by Wergo.
The English Love Songs show a multitude of different states of mind, which the solo cello fills with poetic life. Anssi Karttunen describes the work as "one of the most moving pieces for cello and orchestra ever written" and explains: "Now that I no longer have the opportunity to make music with my best and closest friend Olly, I am so happy that we can leave the recording of this concert as a joint testament".
You can read more about Anssi Karttunen's special relationship to Oliver Knussen and Hans Werner Henze and about the rehearsals of the English Love Songs in our magazine.
Hans Werner Henze
Heliogabalus Imperator – Works for Orchestra
Anssi Karttunen, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Oliver Knussen
Wergo, WER 73442
One work, Three Philharmonies
A major world premiere is scheduled for 19 May at the Kölner Philharmonie. In the final part of his Raumwerke trilogy for the Gürzenich Orchestra, Philippe Manoury gathers voices, instruments and electronics for his Lab.Oratorio, developed together with director Nicolas Stemann. The staged concert then goes on a journey: After the Cologne premiere, the work will be presented at the Musikfest Hamburg and at the opening of the Paris Festival Manifeste.
Under the direction of François-Xavier Roth, the orchestra will perform together with the soloists Rinnat Moriah (soprano) and Tora Augestad (mezzo-soprano), the Lab Choir, the SWR vocal ensemble as well as the actress Patrycia Ziolkowska and the actor Sebastian Rudolph; Thomas Goepfer from the Parisian IRCAM will be directing the computer music realisation.
The performance on 21 May at the Kölner Philharmonie can be viewed through live stream on the Internet.
You can read more about the Lab.Oratorio and the Cologne Trilogy in Philipp Hahn's guest article for our magazine.
19.5.2019, 11.00; 20. and 21.5.2019, 20.00
Philharmonie de Paris
Voice of the Reformation
He has taken to the stage as Charles V, as Walter Benjamin, as Prince of Homburg, and as Friedrich Hölderlin. Now, in the role of Martin Luther, Dietrich Henschel adds another heavyweight to this eclectic list of key figures from political and intellectual history. In May 2019, the baritone will take on the role of the Protestant reformer in the premiere of Bo Holten's opera Schlagt sie tot! at the Malmö Opera.
But how do you approach a character when you know more about them than what is explicitly shown in the libretto? "Before rehearsing, I don’t want to have any preconceptions as to who I am," says Dietrich Henschel. "That's how you can approach and develop the piece with your colleagues and the director." Nevertheless, Henschel can also rattle off important historical facts with ease. "The lens of history also makes it possible for me to discern the perspective of authors and composers.”
The statement the opera makes is now a very critical one. Luther was presented as a deeply narcissistic and egocentric person, as well as a person with a very clear attitude about what he wanted to change. "He did not allow himself to be appropriated by social currents and even positioned himself sharply against them: With his approval, the Peasant Wars were started, which is why this opera is called Schlagt sie tot. He actually said this about the rebellious peasants - because of an incredibly tense situation he found himself in. So it's a very complex, multi-layered psychic block that you have to deal with as an interpreter here."
The complete portrait "Acting Strong: Dietrich Henschel Takes on History's Greats" can be read here.
11.5. through 1.6.2019
New with Warner Classics
Warner Classics announced the signing of Mariam Batsashvili, the young Georgian-born, German-trained pianist. Her first Warner Classics album, a solo programme of Liszt and Chopin, will be released in August 2019. Batsashvili gained international recognition in 2014 when she won the 10th Franz Liszt Piano Competition in Utrecht.
Still in her mid-twenties, she has given recitals in more than 30 countries and appeared as a concerto soloist with major orchestras and conductors. In 2015 she received the prestigious Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli Prize and she spent the 2016-17 season as a ‘Rising Star’ of the European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO). She is currently a member of the BBC’s high-profile New Generation Artist scheme and she will make her debut at the BBC Proms in August, performing Schumann’s piano concerto.
“Franz Liszt definitely has a special place in my life,” says Mariam Batsashvili, “His music is so complete, so perfect … Every single emotion and thought about life can be found in his music. He is very daring in the way he uses the entire piano to express himself.”
For her debut album on Warner Classics she has assembled a programme in which pieces by Liszt and by his contemporary Frédéric Chopin offer mutual illumination. Chopin was born in 1810, Liszt in 1811 and they were good friends for a time when they were both living in Paris. They even dedicated études to each other, and a number of these are included on the album.
For more information, click here.
Ligeti by the Elbe
Although the 100th birthday of György Ligeti (1923 - 2006) is almost upon us, many of the composer's works today seem as fresh and surprising as they were when he first composed them. From 27 April to 26 May, the International Music Festival Hamburg offers plenty of opportunities to rediscover the fascinating musical world of György Ligeti and experience the absurd opera Le Grand Macabre, among other defining pieces of his.
At the Elbphilharmonie, the work will be staged in the celebrated semi-scenic production by Doug Fitch under the direction of Alan Gilbert. The focus on György Ligeti, with artists such as Pierre-Laurent Aimard, the Arditti Quartet and the Ensemble Intercontemporain, also includes less frequently performed works such as the Requiem, conducted by Kent Nagano with soloists Sarah Wegener and Gerhild Romberger.
27.4. to 26.5.2019, See left for dates
International Music Festival Hamburg
From 6 April to 2 June, Brad Lubman and his Ensemble Signal will transform the spectacular new building into a sound installation for the opening of The Shed, New York's new cultural centre. Three to four times a day they contribute the sounds to the Reich Richter Pärt project, which unites the great names of the music and art world.
Composer Steve Reich has created a new work in collaboration with Gerhard Richter. A video by filmmaker Corinna Belz interweaves the structures of Richter's picture series Patterns with the minimalistic music formulas of Steve Reich. The audience can move with the performers through the gallery space and immerse themselves in the works of the great painter, in the architecture and the music.
Read more about the project in our magazine.
6.4. through 2.6.2019
New York, The Shed
New position for Alejo Pérez
Starting from the 2019-2020 season, Alejo Pérez will become the new music director at Opera Ballet Vlaanderen, which is based in Ghent and Antwerp. He has been appointed by Jan Vandenhouwe, who will take over as artistic director for the opera, starting in the same season. Maestro Pérez is currently leading Wagner’s Lohengrin in Antwerp until 23 October, following a successful run in Ghent.
Audiences at Opera Ballet Vlaanderen, who first got to know the Argentinian conductor in the production of Pelléas et Mélisande (season 2017-2018) directed by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Damien Jalet and Marina Ambravovic, showered the maestro with enthusiastic applause after every performance. His conducting of the Debussy opera also earned him praise in the (inter)national press.
Together with Jan Vandenhouwe, maestro Pérez will take up his duties in the 2019-2020 season, conducting the opening production for the season. Each season, he will conduct at least two operas and three symphonic programs. As music director, he will also assist the artistic director and advise on matters such as guest conductors, casting soloists, hiring new musicians and chorus members, and programming.
Alejo Pérez: “When I first conducted at Vlaanderen Opera, leading last season’s production of Pelléas et Mélisande, I immediately felt a great affinity with the orchestra and all the people involved. This is something one should not underestimate; I believe that good chemistry and being on the same wavelength are absolutely essential in any artistic endeavour. That’s why I see great potential in a long-term collaboration with this company, in which I am fortunate to experience a shared passion for music. I am also truly happy to be working alongside Jan Vandenhouwe, with whom I share a common vision for the future of the company. I look forward to playing my part in shaping Vlaanderen’s musical life with great expectation and excitement.”
Stage direction: David Alden
Zoran Todorovich, Lohengrin; Liene Kinča, Elsa; Craig Colclough, Telramund Iréne Theorin, Ortrud; Thorsten Grümbel, König Heinrich; Vincenzo Neri, Heerrufer
20 - 28/9/2018
7 - 23/10/2018