Kent Nagano on the podcast “Embrace Everything – The World of Gustav Mahler” (July 2021)

Season 2 of the Embrace Everything – The World of Gustav Mahler podcast series, an exploration of the composer’s complete symphonies, is available here and on all audio streaming services starting today.

Season 2 focuses on Mahler’s Second Symphony in C minor (1888-1894), delving into Mahler’s musical exploration of life, death, and what lies beyond. Each episode is devoted to a movement of the symphony. Kent Nagano is featured in the episodes 1, 3 and 5.

The Embrace Everything podcast series was created and is hosted by award-winning radio producer Aaron Cohen. It explores and celebrates the music of Gustav Mahler (1860–1911) by taking a journey through his symphonies. Using interviews with leading Mahler interpreters and scholars, readings from the letters of Mahler and his contemporaries, commentary from Mr. Cohen, and the sounds of the symphonies themselves, each season of the series guides listeners through one of these landmark works in the orchestral repertoire.

Kent Nagano and Mari Kodama in Ravello (July 2021)

Kent Nagano, together with Mari Kodama and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin are guests at the Ravello Festival in Italy. The program of the concert on 1 July 2021 and 8:00 pm at Belvedere di Villa Rufolo will contain Wagner’s “Siegfried Idyll”, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto and Schubert’s Symphony No. 3.READ MORE

Kent Nagano in Berlin and on tour with the DSO (June 2021)

Kent Nagano, as Honorary Conductor, conducts the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin (DSO) in its final Berlin concert of the 2020/2021 season on Friday, 25 June at 8 p.m. The Philharmonie will feature Paul Hindemith’s Chamber Music No. 1, Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with soloist Seong-Jin Cho, and Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 3. At the Kissinger Sommer, Nagano will present the same program with the DSO on June 27 – except for Hindemith’s chamber music. On July 1 in Ravello, Schubert’s Third Symphony is preceded by Richard Wagner’s ‘Siegfried Idyll’ and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 with Mari Kodama.READ MORE

Opening concert of the International Music Festival Hamburg: Kent Nagano & Philharmonic State Orchestra with Jan Vogler, Mira Wang and Daniel Ottensamer (May 2021)

01:05 William Blank: „Alisma“ Tripelkonzert für Violine, Violoncello, Klarinette und Orchester
23:12 Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphonie Nr. 5 c-Moll op. 67 „Schicksalssymponie“

Kent Nagano, conductor
Mira Wang, violin
Jan Vogler, violoncello
Daniel Ottensamer, clarinet
Philharmonic State Orchestra Hamburg

“Wagner Readings” Podcast with Kent Nagano (May 2021)

Podcast on research results of the “Wagner Readings” presented by the Friends of Concerto Köln and the Kunststiftung NRW.

Episode 01: In the first episode of the podcast on the Wagner Readings, hosts Thilo Braun and Niklas Rudolph introduce the project: a historically-informed “Ring of the Nibelung”. Kent Nagano, Jochen Schäfsmeier, Kai Hinrich Müller and the musicians of Concerto Köln explain how the Wagner readings came about.

Starting on 6 May, the podcast will appear at 14-day intervals on Spotify and at The associated scientific publications will be released at the same time.

Kent Nagano and Jan Vogler to open the Musikfest Hamburg 2021 (April 2021)

On 6 May, Kent Nagano will open this year’s Musikfest Hamburg 2021 together with the Philharmonic State Orchestra Hamburg. The program includes Beethoven’s 5th Symphony and the world premiere of the Triple Concerto “Alisma”; a work for violin, violoncello, clarinet and orchestra by the Swiss composer William Blank.

Soloists in this tribute to Beethoven include cellist Jan Vogler and violinist Mira Wang, as well as Vienna Philharmonic principal clarinetist Daniel Ottensamer.

6 May at 8 p.m. via livestream
William Blank: “Alisma” Triple Concerto for violin, violoncello, clarinet and orchestra
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C minor, op. 67

Conductor: Kent Nagano
Violoncello: Jan Vogler
Violin: Mira Wang
Clarinet: Daniel Ottensamer
Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra

Please find further information here.

Kent Nagano at the Hamburg State Opera – Digital Easter Program 2021 (April 2021)

The Hamburg State Opera is offering a digital Easter program on their homepage. From 2 April to 5 April 2021, selected productions from the repertoire of the State Opera will be available free of charge as video-on-demand. In addition, the Hamburg production La Passione, the St. Matthew Passion by Johann Sebastian Bach under the musical direction of Kent Nagano, will be shown on ARTE on 3 April 2021 and will be available in the Mediathek.

More information can be found here.READ MORE

Kent Nagano in conversation – Krzysztof Penderecki’s St. Lukes Passion on DLF Chormusik (March 2021)

“When the St. Lukes Passion had its world premiere in Münster in 1966, it was reported in feature articles all over the world. The work was discussed quite controversially. But it was soon clear: it is a milestone in 20th century music.”

Listen to DLF’s Chormusik program here, including a conversation with Kent Nagano.

In June 2020, BIS-Records released the recording of Krzysztof Penderecki’s St. Lukes Passion, which was recorded with Kent Nagano and the OSM on the opening night of the prestigious Salzburg Festival at the Felsenreitschule Salzburg in July 2018.