Jetzt und in der Stunde des Todes is the subtitle of Heinz Winbeck’s monumental Symphony No. 5, his composition based on Bruckner lasting almost an hour. The three movements using motifs, especially from the Finale of Anton Bruckner’s 9th Symphony, are not in fact one of the many speculative attempts to complete the magnificent torso, but a musical paraphrase on material from the sketches. Without quoting from it literally, Bruckner’s music is constantly present. The work receives its German premiere at the 2017 Ultraschall Festival in Berlin on 22 January, performed by the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester under Dennis Russell Davies. – In the same concert Marisol Montalvo will sing in „tríptico vertical“ by Philipp Maintz. ›more‹
Despite top-quality music and a magnificent Hallelujah chorus, George Frideric Handel’s Occasional Oratorio is only very rarely performed. Its title, which erroneously suggests it is an occasional or rather second-rate musical work, may be partly responsible for this. The Bavarian Radio Chorus, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and leading English soloists, conducted by chief conductor Howard Arman, will perform the Occasional Oratorio using the new Halle Handel Edition on 10 and 11 February 2017 in the Herkulessaal in the Munich Residenz. And just a week later, on 17 February, the 2017 Karlsruhe Handel Festival opens with a new production of Semele at the Badische Staatstheater. Floris Visser is the producer and Christopher Moulds conducts this “musical drama in the style of an oratorio”, using newly-set performance material based on the edition by Friedrich Chrysander.
New productions of Manfred Trojahn’s operas can be seen in two musical capitals: the first night of a new production of Limonen aus Sizilien takes place on 12 February 2017 at the Vienna Volksoper. “Drei italienischen Geschichten” to a libretto by Wolfgang Willaschek after Luigi Pirandello and Eduardo de Felippo is directed by Mascha Pörzgen. The conductor of the nine performances is Gerrit Prießnitz. Two weeks later at Zurich Opera, Hans Neuenfels directs the Swiss premiere of the music theatre work Orest. The first night on 26 February 2017 and six further performances are conducted by Erik Nielsen at the Kasino am Schwarzenbergplatz; Georg Nigl performs the title role. ›more‹
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In 2014 the new Urtext edition of The Makropulos Case, one of the most remarkable of Janáček's operas, was published by Bärenreiter Praha. One of the key figures in this ground-breaking editorial project was the world-renowned Czech conductor and Janáček specialist Tomáš Hanus, who significantly contributed to the final shape of the edition. The Makropulos Case has been enjoying a true renaissance in recent years, being staged at prominent European theatres more frequently than ever. Tomáš Hanus assumed the musical direction of the initial production of the Bärenreiter Urtext edition at the Bavarian State Opera in October 2014; further productions followed, among others, in Bratislava and Innsbruck. In August 2016 The Makropulos Case will be heard at one of the world's most important music festivals - the BBC Proms in London. This time the work will be performed in concert from the new Bärenreiter Urtext edition by an ensemble of well known singers and the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jiří Bělohlávek. In the following article, the editors Tomáš Hanus and Jonáš Hájek deal in detail with the new edition's genesis, as well as its cultural and historical background.
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