10th anniversary of the rebuilt Dresden Frauenkirche (October 2015)

On 24 October – almost to the day 10 years after he reopened the rebuilt Dresden Frauenkirche in 2005, together with the New York Philharmonic and Lorin Maazel – cellist Jan Vogler performed in the famous heritage building with a New York Orchestra again:

24 October, 20 h, Dresden, Frauenkirche
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Mendelssohn: A Midsummernight’s Dream – overture op. 21
Wolfgang Rihm: Duo Concerto for violin, cello and orchestra European premiere
Saint-Saëns: La Muse et le Poète for violin, cello and orchestra
Schumann: Symphony No. 2

Mira Wang – violin, Jan Vogler – cello

The concert was broadcast live via medici.tv and can be watched on www.medici.tv until late November.

Together, they will present the world premiere of Wolfgang Rihm’s double concerto on 15 October at Carnegie Hall New York, and the Asian premiere follows on 14 November together with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra in Singapore.

Jan Vogler about the double concerto: „It is an especially beautiful task and challenge to present Wolfgang Rihm‘s ‘Duo Concerto’ on three continents within one month. The piece had been commissioned by the ‘Friends of Dresden Music’ in the US in 2013 in order to ‘support the transatlantic and worldwide understanding among people through music’ (score dedication note) – a high claim, emphasized by the concert venues: We will premiere the work on 15 October in New York’s Carnegie Hall where all the famous artists from Europe performed in the twenties of the 20th century, thus establishing today’s American musical life. The next performance will take place in on 24 October in Dresden’s Frauenkirche, destroyed in the last days of war in 1945, and rebuilt after the German reunification with the help of donations from all over the world. On 14 November Rihm’s ‘Duo Concerto’ will be presented in the glamorous Esplanade in Singapore. This ten year old concert hall is a synonym of Asia’s upturn and interest in European music.
‘Duo Concerto’ is a crystal clear dialogue, violin and cello solo parts reacting to the orchestra’s harmonious inspirations in joint cascades of sound. The mostly tonal work unites virtuosity, sense for sound and reflective depth.”

The invitation list for the Dresden gala concert includes high-ranking politicians, the American ambassador in Berlin, John B. Emerson, and the German Ambassador in Washington DC, Peter Wittig.

Jan Vogler’s new Sony CD will be out in early 2016 featuring Tchaikovsky’s Rokoko variations, recorded together with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra and Andrés Orozco-Estrada.

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