New recording from Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (October 2021)

With its record label Reference Recordings, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Manfred Honeck announce a new recording: Brahms Symphony No. 4 and MacMillan Larghetto for Orchestra. This release coincides with the Orchestra’s 2021-2022 season and its joyful return to live concerts with full orchestra. These works were recorded live in the Heinz Hall, now celebrating its 50th anniversary season as the home of the Pittsburgh Symphony. The recording is available worldwide on 22 October.

Johannes Brahms’ Fourth Symphony is a powerful work with deep emotional lines and full sound, a complex and challenging work with its hundreds of nuances. It is very satisfying to hear together the Brahms Symphony and James MacMillan’s Larghetto for Orchestra as they are both intensely personal works that also share enormous depth in color and beauty,” said Manfred Honeck, Music Director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
The recording is accompanied by Manfred Honeck’s extensive music notes, which provide insight into his unique interpretation as well as the history and musical structure of Brahms’ final and beloved symphony.READ MORE

Manfred Honeck extends contract as Music Director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra through the 2027-2028 season (September 2021)

24 September 2021 – Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Chair of the Board Tony Bucci and President and CEO Melia Tourangeau today announced the six-year extension of Manfred Honeck’s contract as Music Director of the Pittsburgh Symphony, running through the 2027-2028 season. Honeck was named the Pittsburgh Symphony’s ninth Music Director in 2008 and his position is endowed by the Vira I. Heinz Endowment.

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Kent Nagano with special program with Gidon Kremer and Martina Gedeck at the Elbphilharmonie (September 2021)

The program of the 1st Philharmonic Concert includes the Violin Concerto No. 3 by Alfred Schnittke and Schubert’s “Der Tod und das Mädchen” in the string orchestra version by Gustav Mahler. This will be accompanied by Martina Gedeck reciting texts by Matthias Claudius and Franz Schubert, among others.

Sunday, 19 September 2021 and Monday, 20 September 2021 in the Elbphilharmonie
1st Philharmonic Concert
Schnittke: Concerto No. 3 for violin and chamber orchestra
Texts by Matthias Claudius, Franz Schubert and others
Schubert: String Quartet in D minor D 810 “Death and the Maiden” Version for string orchestra by Gustav Mahler

Conductor: Kent Nagano
Violin: Gidon Kremer
Recitation: Martina Gedeck
Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra

More information can be found here.

Omer Meir Wellber with George Bizet’s Carmen at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo (September 2021)

At the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Omer Meir Wellber conducts a production of George Bizet’s opera Carmen today. The production staged by Calixto Bieito will be live streamed on Teatro Massimo TV. It was already performed in 2011 as a co-production of the Teatro Massimo and the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, the Teatro Regio in Turin as well as the Teatro La Fenice in Venice and has been performed in various renowned European opera houses since then.READ MORE

Kent Nagano with the premiere of “Les Contes d’Hoffmann” (September 2021)

On 4 September, Kent Nagano will lead the Staatsorchester Hamburg, the Choir of the Staatsoper Hamburg and soloists in the premiere of Jacques Offenbach’s opera Les Contes d’Hoffmann at the Staatsoper Hamburg. This Opéra Fantastique in five acts is staged by Daniele Finzi Pasca.

4 September, Hamburg, Staatsoper, 6 p.m.
Staatsorchester Hamburg
Offenbach: Les Contes d’Hoffmann Premiere
Daniele Finzi Pasca – director

Opéra Fantastique in five acts
Libretto by Jules Barbier
Based on the play by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré
Edited by Michael Kaye and Jean-Christophe Keck

Further performances: 7, 10, 16, 19, 22 and 25 September

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The Moritzburg Festival 2021 starts this weekend (August 2021)

This year’s Moritzburg Festival will take place from August 7 to 22. In addition to the opening concert with Jan Vogler (violoncello), Mira Wang (violin), Ulrich Eichenauer (viola) and Janne Saksala (double bass), among others, the program is full of interesting programs. A highlight is the orchestral concert with the Moritzburg Festival Orchestra under Josep Caballé Domenech and featuring Kevin Zhu (violin), Jan Vogler (cello), Mishka Rushdie Momen (piano) and works by de Arriaga, Beethoven and Schumann. Also on the program are the Picnic Concert in the Proschwitz Palace Park, the Long Night of Chamber Music on the North Terrace of Moritzburg Palace, and Special Chamber Music Performances. More information and details can be found here.

This year, the unique atmosphere of eleven concerts on the North Terrace of the Moritzburg Castle and one symphonic concert at the Philharmonic Concert Hall Dresden can be experienced worldwide for the first time through Dreamstage. Please find more information here.

Francisco Fullana at the Gezeiten Konzerte (July 2021)

On 2 August, Francisco Fullana will perform two concerts together with Matthias Kirschnereit at the festival Gezeiten Konzerte in the Neue Kirche Emden with works by Debussy, Paderewski and de Falla.

The concerts at a glance:

2 August, 5 & 8 p.m., Neue Kirche Emden
Francisco Fullana – violin
Matthias Kirschnereit – piano
Debussy: Sonata for violin and piano in G minor
Paderewski: Sonata for violin and piano in A minor
de Falla: “Suite populaire espagnole”

More information here.

Midori Spotlight Program produced by Washington Performing Arts (July 2021)

“Perhaps no other artist of our time has had a more profound impact on the development of string musicians and audiences throughout the world. Her supreme musicianship, inspirational commitment to excellence, and tireless advocacy for her chosen art form make this a must-see experience for all music lovers.”
– Douglas H. Wheeler, Washington Performing Arts President Emeritus

Washington Performing Arts (WPA) recently produced a Spotlight program showcasing Midori as performer and teacher and highlighting her Partners in Performance (PiP) organization with a panel discussion. Midori was named a recipient of WPA’s 2020 Ambassador of the Arts Award in recognition of extraordinary achievement, service, and advocacy in the performing arts.READ MORE