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Currently in demand: Small-scale Orchestral Works

Do you wish to play orchestral music while keeping your distance from the other players? 
From the Baroque period to the present day, music history offers a rich repertoire of pieces composed for string orchestra, chamber orchestra or small symphony orchestra.

Due to the current situation, we have compiled this catalogue which presents a selection of works available from Bärenreiter - Alkor. 

Recommendations by Barbara Scheuch-Vötterle and Ulrich Etscheit

 

Currently in demand: Small-scale Stage Works

We would like to support you in your strategies and scenarios at this time, when under difficult conditions, operas are gradually being allowed to be performed live again in front of an audience. We are convinced that small-scale stage works, whether concertante or in various scenic forms, will certainly play an important role at this stage and have compiled a suitable selection of our repertoire for you.

Recommendations by Barbara Scheuch-Vötterle and Ulrich Etscheit

 

 

Now in Focus

Conquest opera - Gaspare Spontini’s “Fernand Cortez” 
The Emperor Napoleon, like Hernán Cortés, saw himself as the conqueror of great empires. Gaspare Spontini was intended to bring the fame of Cortés to the operatic stage. Hence the genesis of the opera “Fernand Cortez”. But when the Emperor was defeated, a complicated series of reworkings of the opera began. 
“Fernand Cortez” is thus the opera which occupied Spontini for an exceptionally long time: with interruptions, he worked on the score for a total of 24 years. In particular, the third and fourth versions document his struggles to find a satisfactory solution for the ending. It also seems typical of the composer’s artistic late phase, which was characterized by waning artistic inspiration but at the same time, an increased perfectionism taken to extremes.
The Theater Dortmund was staging on April, 7, 2022, the third version of 1824, conducted by Christoph JK Müller and staged by Eva-Maria Höckmayr. 

More information on Takte-Online

 

Georg Philipp Telemann
Johannis-Oratorium
Rahel Maas, Elvira Bill, Mirko Ludwig, Klaus Mertens, Mauro Borgioni, Andre Morsch, Die Kölner Akademie, Conductor: Michael Alexander Willens
CPO

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Mitridate Re di Ponto
Michael Spyres, Julie Fuchs, Sabine Devieilhe, Elsa Dreisig, Paul-Antoine Benos-Dijan, Cyrille Dubois, Adriana Bignagni Lesca, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Conductor: Marc Minkowski
Erato

Georg Friedrich Händel
Semele
Ana Maria Labin, Matthew Newlin, Dara Savinoya, Chiara Skerath, Lawrence Zazzo, Andreas Wolf, Choeur de Chambre de Namur, Millenium Orchestra, Conductor: Leonardo Garcia Alarcon
Ricercar

Klaus Huber 
Oratio Mechtildis 
Brad Lubman, Lucas Vis, Katharina Rikus (Contralto), Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, Conductor: Brad Lubman 
NEOS 

Anton Bruckner
Symphonies Nr.1 & 5
Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Conductor: Andris Nelsons
DGG


Performances

You can find the current performance dates on takte-online, subjekt to change pending COVID-19 ramifications. Please also contact the organiser for further information.