Festival summer (August 2014)

This month, our artists will be performing at several international festivals:


22./23. August, Luzern, Franziskanerkirche (Lucerne Festival)
Bach: Sechs Sonaten und Partiten für Violine solo

25. August, Luzern, KKL Konzertsaal (Lucerne Festival)
Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Daniele Gatti
Mendelssohn: Violinkonzert

27. August, Luzern, KKL Konzertsaal (Lucerne Festival)
Luzerner Sinfonieorchester, James Gaffigan
Johannes Maria Staud: Oskar (Towards a Brighter Hue II)

Leonidas Kavakos:

7. August, Tanglewood (Tanglewood Festival)
Brahms: Sonate Nr. 1 G-Dur op. 78
Brahms: Klaviertrio Nr. 1 op. 8

Emanuel Ax – Klavier, Yo Yo Ma – Violoncello

9. August, Tanglewood (Tanglewood Festival)
Boston Symphony Orchestra, Stéphane Denève
Szymanowski: Violinkonzert Nr.   2

28. August, Edinburgh, Usher Hall (Edinburgh Festival)
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Mariss Jansons
Rihm: Violinkonzert

David Philip Hefti:

19. August, Schloss Moritzburg (Moritzburg Festival)
David Philip Hefti: Monumentum Uraufführung

20. August, Schloss Moritzburg (Moritzburg Festival)
David Philip Hefti: Interaktion

24. August, Moritzburg, Evangelische Kirche (Moritzburg Festival)
David Philip Hefti: Lichter Hall

Kent Nagano:

21. August, Grafenegg, Wolkenturm (Grafenegg Festival)
Jörg Widmann: Babylon-Suite für Orchester     Uraufführung
Mozart: Konzert für Klarinette und Orchester A-Dur
Mahler: Symphonie Nr. 4

Takács Quartet:

22. August, Edinburgh, Queen’s Hall (Edinburgh Festival)
Janáček: Streichquartett Nr. 2 “Intime Briefe”
Streichquartett Nr. 1 “Aus meinem Leben”
Streichquartett e-Moll op. 59/2

23. August, Edinburgh, Queen’s Hall (Edinburgh Festival)
Janáček: Streichquartett Nr. 1 “Die Kreutzer-Sonate”
Barber: Adagio aus dem Streichquartett
Streichquartett a-Moll op. 132

Jan Vogler:

1. August, Aurich (Musikalischer Sommer Ostfriesland)
Bach: Solosuite Nr. 3
Beethoven: Sonate A-Dur op. 69
Schostakowitsch: Sonate d-Moll op. 40
Iwan König, Klavier

9.-24. August (Moritzburg Festival)

Moritzburg Festival 9-24 August 2014 | Composer-in-residence: David Philip Hefti (July 2014)

This summer, for the 21st time, young and established musicians such as Martin Stadtfeld, Lise de la Salle, Iskandar Widjaja, Daniel Ottensamer, Heinrich Schiff and many more will meet for the Moritzburg Festival to rehearse and perform chamber music near Dresden; initiated and directed by cellist Jan Vogler. Venues are the Baroque castle of Moritzburg, the famous Frauenkirche, but also a hangar of the Elbe aircraft factory.

This year’s composer-in-residence is Swiss Siemens Prize winner David Philip Hefti who wrote the Monumentum string sextet for the festival, a joint commission by the Moritzburg Festival, New York’s Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and the Käthe Kollwitz-Haus in Moritzburg.

“The composition ends with an extended Lamento on “Seed Fruit is not to be ground down”, a quote from Goethe’s “Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship”. Käthe Kollwitz occasionally employed these words as an argument for peace in this world, and furthermore created a litography with that title. I very much look forward to working with the festival artists around cellist Jan Vogler because due to its political and pacifist statement, my string sextet Monumentum is of special significance to me.”, said Hefti. The work will be premiered on 19 August.

You can find the festival program HERE.

Moritzburg Festival for chamber music: 9-24 August 2014 (April 2014)

Following the 20th anniversary edition last year, established and young musicians will meet again from 9-24 August 2014 to rehearse and perform together in a variety of venues – the Baroque Moritzburg castle, the Transparent Factory of Volkswagen in Dresden, the Frauenkirche Dresden, Saxony’s oldest and biggest vineyard estate Schloss Proschwitz, as well as a hangar of the Elbe aircraft factory Dresden.

You can browse the complete programme here.

This year’s composer-in-residence will be Swiss Siemens Prize winner David Philip Hefti, who has been commissioned with a string sextet for the festival. His orchestral work Adagio was premiered by the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and Kent Nagano in March 2014. Furthermore, musicians such as violinists Baiba Skride and Mira Wang, violist Hartmut Rohde, cellist Guy Johnston, pianists Martin Stadtfeld and Lise de la Salle, baritone Peter Schöne and actress Marie Bäumer will follow artistic director Jan Vogler’s invitation in 2014.

For the ninth time, 38 music students from around the world will form the Moritzburg Festival Orchestra to rehearse and perform orchestral works and chamber music – this year under the direction of cellist and conductor Heinrich Schiff.

A focus of the 2014 festival program will be on compositions of past centuries which were inspired by folk music, including works by Brahms, Martinů, Kodály and Haydn. The performance of Bach’s “Art of the Fugue” in Dresden’s Frauenkirche, commented by German actress Marie Bäumer from the perspective of Anna Magdalena Bach promises an extraordinary experience. The 2014 festival repertoire also includes Shostakovich’s and Mendelsohn’s string octets and Dvorak’s and Brahms’ string sextets.

Please visit www.moritzburgfestival.de

20 years Moritzburg Festival | 10-25 August 2013 (July 2013)

For the 20th anniversary issue of the Moritzburg Festival, artists such as violinist Midori, violist Nils Mönkemeyer, soprano Juliane Banse and pianists Alice Sara Ott and Kristian Bezuidenhout and many more will follow artistic director Jan Vogler’s invitation to Moritzburg near Dresden this summer. Wolfgang Rihm will be the composer-in-residence.

Please find the festival program here:

Among this year’s concert venues is a hangar of the Elbe aircraft factory Dresden, and furthermore the familiar baroque halls of the Moritzburg castle, Dresden’s Palais im Großen Garten and the famous Frauenkirche, as well as the Transparent Factory of Volkswagen. You can also visit an anniversary exhibition about 20 festival years at the Moritzburg castle.

In 2013, the Moritzburg Festival academy orchestra will be directed by Eric Jacobsen, conductor of the New York chamber orchestra The Knights, and present the gala concert with Midori on 11 August, among others.

Just in time for the festival, Sony classical will release the sixth Moritzburg Festival Ensemble CD, with Jan Vogler, pianist Hélène Grimaud et al.:

Robert Schumann
Dichterliebe op. 48
Fantasiestücke op. 73
Hélène Grimaud – piano, Jan Vogler – cello
Andante und Variationen op. 46 for 2 pianos, 2 celli and french horn

Jan Vogler, Christian Poltéra – cello
Juho Pohjonen, Martina Filjak – piano
Johannes Dengler – french horn
SONY Classical (August 2013)

20 years Moritzburg Festival | composer-in-residence: Wolfgang Rihm (March 2013)

It was in 1993 when cellists Jan Vogler and Peter Bruns and violinst Kai Vogler founded their own yearly festival for chamber music in Moritzburg near Dresden, along the lines of the Marlboro Festival in the US. Over the years, the Moritzburg Festival has established as one of the leading international festivals of its kind and will celebrate its 20th anniversary this summer from 10-25 August 2013 under the artistic direction of Jan Vogler.

You can find the 2013 festival program HERE.

Old and new companions, such as violinists Midori, Nicola Benedetti, Kai Vogler, violist Nils Mönkemeyer, cellist Peter Bruns, pianists Kristian Bezuidenhout, Alice Sara Ott, Antti Siirala, and soprano Juliane Banse, are following Jan Vogler’s invitation this year to rehearse and perform together in Moritzburg. Composer-in-residence of the anniversary edition will be one of the most renowned and versatile contemporaries, Wolfang Rihm.

For the 8th time, 45 students from all over the world will form the Moritzburg Festival Orchestra and rehearse and perform chamber and orchestra works together, this year under the direction of conductor Eric Jacobsen. Among others, they will present the gala concert on 11 August with violinist Midori and Berg’s violin concerto „To the Memory of an Angel“.

The program compiles works of past festival editions and CD productions: among compositions by Wolfgang Rihm, works by Schubert, Piazzolla, Schumann, Wagner, Korngold, Messiaen, Bach and others will be presented. For the first time, one of the venues will be a hangar of the Elbe aircraft factory Dresden, and furthermore the familiar baroque halls of the Moritzburg castle, Dresden’s Palais im Großen Garten and Frauenkirche, as well as the Transparent Factory of Volkswagen.

Prior to the festival, „Moritzburg Festival on tour“ will guestperform at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden on 7 July.

Please also visit http://www.moritzburgfestival.de/english.

A video about the 2012 Moritzburg Festival with three composers-in-residence can be found here.

Moritzburg Festival at the Rheingau Musik Festival (August 2012)

Immediately after the Moritzburg Festival (5-19 August), cellist and artistic director Jan Vogler will perform at the Rheingau Musik Festival on 22 August:

22 August, 8pm, Schloss Johannisberg, Fürst-von-Metternich-Saal
Rossini: Duo D-Dur für Violoncello und Kontrabass
Beethoven: Streichtrio G-Dur op. 9 Nr. 1
Schubert: Klavierquintett A-Dur D 667
Mira Wang – Violine, Lars Anders Tomter Viola, Jan Vogler Violoncello,
Janne Saksala
Kontrabass, Antti Siirala – Klavier

This cast recorded the CD „Die Forelle – Trout Variations for Sony Classical in 2011.

The Moritzburg Festival will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2013.

19th Moritzburg Festival | 5 – 19 August 2012 | Three composers-in-residence (March 2012)

In anticipation of next year’s 20th jubilee, this year’s Moritzburg Festival, since 2001 under the artistic direction of the cellist Jan Vogler, is opening its doors from to 19 August 2012.

Every year established artists and musical new blood meet in order to rehearse and give concerts together at a whole variety of venues, from the Baroque Schloss Moritzburg and Dresden Palais in the Grosser Garten via Volkswagen’s Gläserne Manufaktur works in Dresden, Schloss Proschwitz – Saxonys’s oldest and largest private wine-growing estate – to (this year for the first time) the Moritzburg Stud Farm.

For the first time in its history, the Moritzburg Festival has succeeded in engaging three composers-in-residence: Sofia Gubaidulina, Olli Mustonen and Jörg Widmann; in addition to their compositions, the artists themselves will be present at three discussion concerts.

Otherwise, the programme focus is on French works, and we shall be hearing works such as the First Cello Concerto by Saint-Saëns and La Creation du Monde (in the arrangement for piano quintet) by Milhaud. Among those taking part in the 2012 festival are, alongside Jan Vogler himself on cello, old and new comrades-in-arms including the violinist Mira Wang, the cellist Alban Gerhardt, the clarinettist Jörg Widmann and the pianists Lise de la Salle and Olli Mustonen.

One of the major focuses of the festival is to break through boundaries and out into new fields of expression within the field of classical music, and in this spirit the jazz pianist and composer Eldar Djangirov and his Trio will be presenting a long Jazz Night in Volkswagen’s Gläserne Manufaktur in Dresden.

For the seventh time now, the festival will be preceded by the Moritzburg Festival Akademie: some 40 music students from all over the world will be rehearsing and giving concerts with a demanding programme of chamber music in ensembles of varying formats. On 2 August the Moritzburg Festival Akademie-Orchester under the Welsh conductor Grant Llewellyn are guests at the Young Euro Classic-Festival in the Berlin Konzerthaus.

The CD ‘Die Forelle – Trout Variations’ by Moritzburg Festival artists is currently available on Sony.

Shortly after the festival, on 22 August, a Moritzburg Festival Ensemble will be playing Schubert’s ‘Trout Quintet’ and chamber-music works by Rossini and Beethoven at the Rheingau Musik Festival.

Information, videos and much more besides can also be found under www.moritzburgfestival.de.

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