Kent Nagano and Wagner Readings: First concert in Cologne Philharmonie (January 2019)

On Sunday, 20 January, Kent Nagano and Concerto Köln are presenting their first concert as part of the project Wagner Readings in the Cologne Philharmonie. They have launched this project in autumn 2017 together with the Kunststiftung NRW: Richard Wagner’s »The Ring of the Nibelung« will be developed and performed from the perspective and with methods of ›historical performance practice‹. In addition to reflecting on the project theoretically, particular focus will lie on the reconstruction of the instrumental and vocal or linguistic practice at the time of Wagner.

In 2019, three concerts by Concerto Köln and Kent Nagano will be performed in the Cologne Philharmonie, with the first practical approach to works by Richard Wagner, as the Wesendonck Lieder or Siegfried Idyll. Find here further news and information about the Wagner Readings.

Kent Nagano’s concerts and opera performances in Hamburg around Christmas (December 2018)

Hamburg’s General Music Director Kent Nagano will spend this year’s Christmas and New Year in the Hanseatic city and will conduct the following concerts and opera performances:

  • Mozart’s Magic Flute on 21, 23, 27, 29 December and 1and 4  January 2019 at the State Opera Hamburg
  • Strauss’ Frau ohne Schatten on 26 and 30 December and on 5 and 9 January in the State Opera Hamburg
  • The New Year’s Eve concert with the Philharmonic State Orchestra Hamburg on 31 December at 11.00 in the Elbphilharmonie

Kent Nagano conducts Mahler 9 with DSO Berlin (October 2018)

On Sunday, 21 October, Kent Nagano will conduct Mahler’s Symphony No. 9 with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin in the Berlin Philharmonie. Since 2006 Kent Nagano is Honorary Conductor of the orchestra.

Find here further information on this concert.

The concert will be live broadcast on Deutschlandfunk Kultur at 20.03 (CET). Find here further information on this live broadcast.


Kent Nagano and Charles Richard-Hamelin in Montréal (October 2018)

On 12 and 14 October, Kent Nagano and pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin will perform concerts with the OSM. On the program will be Chopin’s piano concertos No. 1 and 2 as well as the Serenade in e flat major by Richard Strauss.

The concert on Sunday, 14 October will be streamed as Facebook live on the Facebook page of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, streamed and presented by Find here a link with further information. The stream will start at 20.30 CET (19.30 GMT)


New CD of Kent Nagano: ARCHE by Jörg Widmann at label ECM (October 2018)

Kent Nagano and the Philharmonic State Orchestra Hamburg release their first CD together: the live recording of the oratorio ARCHE by composer Jörg Widmann, whose world premiere was presented on the occasion of the opening festivities of the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg in January 2017 – commissioned by the Philharmonic State Orchestra Hamburg, supported by ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius.

The CD will be released on 5 October 2018 by the label ECM Records.

Find here more information by the label ECM.

Kent Nagano and the OSM go on Nunavik Tour (September 2018)

From 9 – 19 September Kent Nagano and musicians of the OSM will go on tour to the very north of Quebec and will trace a path from the arctic down through Quebec’s interior toward the Côte-Nord. The chamber opera Chaakapesh of the young Canadian composer Matthew Ricketts was commissioned especially  for  this upcoming  tour. 10 years after their first visit, Kent Nagano and the OSM will visit Inuit, Cree and Innu villages and will perform Chaakapesh, composed for five languages (Cree, Inuktitut, Innu, French and English). Cree playwright Tomson Highway provided the idea and wrote the libretto. It is based on a Cree legend, similar to the biblical Noah story. Find here an interview with the composer Matthew Ricketts about the OSM commission.

Find here the performances dates and venues of the tour:

10 September

12 September

14 September

17 September

18 September

19 September
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