10.05.2019Philipp Maintz’ chamber opera „Thérèse“. German first performance at the Elbphilharmonie »more«
08.05.2019Christoph Willibald Gluck arranged or newly composed three one-act operas for the festivities for the wedding of Archduchess Maria Amalie of Austria to the Infante Ferdinand of Spain on 24 August 1769 in Parma. Collectively entitled “Le feste d’Apollo”, two of these are being performed at the end of May for the first time using the Gluck Complete Works edition in London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall. The semi-staged performances of “L’atto d’Orfeo” and “Bauci e Filemone” on 29 and 31 May 2019 will be given by Classical Opera conducted by Ian Page. The director is Nick Winston.
07.05.2019Over several years Andrea Lorenzo Scartazzini has complemented each work in the Jena Philharmonic’s Mahler cycle with his own companion pieces. Following on from “Torso”, the second part – “Epitaph” – receives its premiere on 26 May 2019 in Jena with Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 conducted by Simon Gaudenz. Like the first part, “Epitaph” also draws on a lyric text by Rainer Maria Rilke. It is a memento mori, at the end of which the chorus recites the verses: “For we are only the shell and the leaf. / The great death, which everyone has in himself, / that is the fruit around which everything revolves.” »more«
07.05.2019The Göttingen International Handel Festival opens this year on 17 May 2019 in the Deutsches Theater Göttingen with a new production of Handel’s first opera in and for Italy, the dramma per musica “Rodrigo”, which was first performed in autumn 1707 in Florence. On the podium directing the FestspielOrchester Göttingen is once again chief conductor Laurence Cummings, and the director is his compatriot Walter Sutcliffe. Halle follows suit on 31 May and 1 June 2019 with new productions of “Giulio Cesare in Egitto” and “Il pastor fido”. Both of these are the first performances to use the Halle Handel Edition. »more«
09.05.2019Charlotte Seither’s orchestral work for Clara Schumann’s 200th anniversary began in response to an initiative by the Schumann city of Zwickau. The composer was commissioned to write an orchestral work for the anniversary of the pianist, composer and professor. “sie, die spricht” (“she who speaks”) for orchestra will be premiered on 6 June in Zwickau by the Orchestra of the Plauen-Zwickau Theater conducted by Leo Siberski. »more«
05.04.2019What did Beethoven want? Many amateurs find his handwriting difficult to read and even professionals need experience to decipher his autographs. However, a significant composer such as Ludwig van Beethoven, whose 250th birthday will be celebrated all over the world in 2020, deserves that one extracts every last detail from his manuscripts and all other available sources.
08.04.2019Beethoven described his grandly conceived “Missa solemnis” as "mein gröstes werk" (my greatest work). To this day, it is considered to be one of the most important sacred works of all time. The new Bärenreiter Urtext edition (BA 9038, Score, Piano Reduction, Choral Score, Parts) has just appeared in good time for the Beethoven Anniversary Year 2020 and takes all available sources into account.