David Philip Hefti and Mozart in Winterthur on SRF 2 Kultur (May 2021)

David Philip Hefti in the dual role of conductor and composer of two works can be heard on radio on SRF 2 Kultur on 3 June at 8 pm. The concert recording of 29 January 2021 from the Stadthaussaal Winterthur with the Musikkollegium Winterthur and Jürg Dähler on viola as soloist features Mozart’s Symphony No. 1 in E-flat major, the world premiere of Hefti’s Cantabile – Concerto for Viola and Orchestra, as well as his Adagietto for String Orchestra and Mozart’s Symphony No. 25 in G minor.

Hefti has a long relationship with Winterthur – even as a student he sat in the woodwind section of the Musikollegium – he was an adjunct with the clarinet. The viola concerto “Cantabile” was commissioned by the Musikkollegium from the internationally renowned musician from St. Gallen. The premiere was planned much earlier – now it could finally take place under Corona conditions. In front of an empty hall. It is all the more impressive how the soloist Jürg Dähler performs the enormously demanding solo part. The composer did not “spare” the orchestra either – the result is a work of the highest expressive density. The “Adagietto”, which Hefti dedicated to his wife Mareike (she is a violist), is also rich in tonal colors. It revolves around the note F-sharp and leads to the “little” G minor symphony by the 17-year-old W.A. Mozart.

From 3 June 2021, 8 p.m. on SRF 2 Kultur.
Mozart: Symphony No. 1 in E-flat major KV 16
Hefti: Cantabile. Concerto for viola and orchestra – world premiere
Hefti: Adagietto for string orchestra
Mozart: Symphony No. 25 in G minor KV 183

On SRF 2 Kultur, the concert will be available until seven days after the broadcast date.


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