“Merci Maestro” for Kent Nagano (January 2020)

Share your best memories with Kent Nagano and the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal in the current “Merci Maestro!” campaign to honour his last season as Music Director of the orchestra. You can submit your personal message here.

An Evening with Kent Nagano (January 2020)

On 26 February 2020, Kent Nagano will be part of a discussion about his life with music and his work with the many different facets of the world of classical music at the American Academy in Berlin.
Further information and the possibility to register for the discussion can be found here.

Concerts around the end of the year (December 2019)

Let the year 2019 end with Kent Nagano and the Philharmonic State Orchestra Hamburg at the New Year’s Eve Concert and works by Beethoven and Bach, among others. Find more information here.

31. December Hamburg, Elbphilharmonie
Philharmonic State Orchestra Hamburg
New Year’s Eve Concert
Gabriele: Symphoniae sacrae
Bach: „Kunst der Fuge“ (Excerpts from the orchestra version by Nodaira)
Ustwolskaja: Symphony No. 5 „Amen“
Beethoven: Große Fuge für Streichquartett op. 133
Bach: Kantate BWV 80 „Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott“
Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Symphony No. 5
Nadezhda Karyazina – Speaker

Start the year 2020 with Omer Meir Wellber and the Orchestra del Teatro Massimo at the New Year’s Concert and works by Wagner, Verdi, Puccini. Find more information here.

1. January Palermo, Teatro Massimo
Orchestra del Teatro Massimo
New Year’s Concert
Joseph Calleja – Tenor

4. January Palermo, Teatro Massimo
Orchestra del Teatro Massimo
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9

Kent Nagano on tour in Japan (November 2019)

From 31 October to 8 November 2019, Kent Nagano and the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra are on tour in Japan. Together with the Japanese pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii, the Philharmonic present works by Beethoven, Liszt, Mahler, Brahms and Widmann.

Concerto Köln appoints Kent Nagano as Honorary Conductor (Ocotber 2019)

On the occasion of the collaborative concert at the Cologne Philharmonie on 20 October, Concerto Köln appointed Kent Nagano as Honorary Conductor. The early music ensemble and the conductor, renowned for both opera and orchestral repertoire, have enjoyed a close collaboration since 2011. Currently, the focus of their collaboration lies on academic research and, starting in 2021, on the historically informed performance of Wagner’s “The Ring of the Nibelung” – “Wagner Readings”.

The concert on 20 October was broadcasted live on WDR3 and can be listened to here. Further information about the concert can be found here. Please contact us if you have problems accessing or finding the webpage, where you can listen to the concert.

With the title of Honorary Conductor, Concerto Köln acknowledges the long-standing and loyal collaboration with Kent Nagano. “What we have in common: curiosity, the eagerness to explore and the courage to transcend boundaries. Kent is a musician who never ceases to ask questions and whose thinking never stands still. Backed by mutual sympathy and respect, each and every one of our encounters has been a true source of inspiration”, Artistic Director Alexander Scherf explains the decision. Kent Nagano who is currently the General Music Director of the Hamburg State Opera, Chief Conductor of the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra and Music Director of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, was delighted to receive this award: “Concerto Köln and I have enjoyed a remarkable collaboration for a number of years. Be it Mozart’s “Idomeneo”, the symphonies of Ludwig van Beethoven or, most recently, Richard Wagner’s “Ring of the Nibelung” – we manage to rediscover the music together. The energy and power of the orchestra, the gripping playing style and the musical
curiosity of Concerto Köln are inspiring. I am very pleased to accept the appointment of Honorary Conductor of this ensemble.”

Following initial collaborations for Beethoven’s 6th Symphony and Mozart’s “Idomeneo” at the 2016 Audi Summer Concerts in Ingolstadt, the idea emerged to further explore 19th-century scenic music. “Wagner Readings” with Concerto Köln and Kent Nagano as Co-Artistic Directors, examines Richard Wagner’s “Ring of the Nibelung”. In addition to various concerts with works from the 19th century – including the concert on October 20, 2019, featuring works by Debussy, Offenbach and Wagner – the performance of the Ring Tetralogy is planned from 2021 onwards. In the lead up to this, the symposium, “Past and present ideals in stage pronunciation” in cooperation with the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, will take place on November 15 and 16, 2019. In the upcoming year 2020, the emphasis will be on the practical application of academic findings: this includes the reconstruction of wind instruments according to historical models and workshops focusing on the artistic realization of Wagner’s ideals and intentions regarding performance practice. Researchers from a variety of fields are extensively involved in the project. They are supported by the Kunststiftung NRW, the Ministry of Culture and Science of North Rhine-Westphalia, the Strecker-Stiftung and MBL.

For many years, Concerto Köln, with its unique sound, has ranked among the leading ensembles in the field of historical performance practice. The orchestra is synonymous with outstanding interpretations of early music. Concerto Köln manages to shed new light on baroque masterpieces in an unparalleled way, as the most recent recording with selected Concerti Grossi by Francesco Geminiani illustrates.

Further information can be found at www.wagner-lesarten.de and www.concerto-koeln.de

New CD Box – Mari Kodama and Kent Nagano playing Beethoven (Oktober 2019)

With Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 0 E-flat Major WoO 4, a nearly unknown youth work of the composer, and his Rondo for Piano and Orchestra WoO 6, Mari Kodama and Kent Nagano expand their joint recordings of Beethoven’s works for piano and orchestra with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin.

The 4-CD edition will be released on 11 October 2019 with Berlin Classics.

On this CD, Mari Kodama and Kent Nagano present a very personal adaptation of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 0 which reflects their individual image of Beethoven as a youngster – exuberant freshness, an urgent sense of awakening in the young, almost childlike Beethoven writing shortly before his artistic powers developed to the maximum, the joie de vivre and vital energy in a style that owes something to the playfulness of both Haydn and Mozart. The adaptation is based on the autograph of the compressed score; a complete orchestration by Beethoven does not exist.

The 4-CD edition (Piano Concertos Nos. 0-5, Triple Concerto, Rondo for piano and orchestra, bonus track: “Eroica” Variations for piano solo) offers a profound insight into this year-long engagement of the musicians with the works for piano and orchestra of Beethoven, who has become a true musical companion for them. And not only that: ” “If you play them all, it’s like travelling with Beethoven through his entire life,” says Mari Kodama.

Official Trailer:

Official Music Video – Piano Concerto no. 0: I. Allegro:

Official Music Video – Piano Concerto no. 0: III. Rondo:

Kent Nagano and the OSM – “Tour of the Americas” (October 2019)

From 1 to 15 October 2019, Kent Nagano and the orchestra will go on an extensive tour through Latin America, including Sao Paolo, Rio de Janiero, Buenos Aires, finishing at the Chicago Symphony Center on 15 October with the following program: Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff (soloist Denis Matsuev) and Bartok.

Find more information here.