Jan Vogler: Concerts with Amanda Gorman and at the Dresdner Musikfestspielen (February 2024)

After cellist and director of the Dresdner Musikfestspiele Jan Vogler has devoted himself very much to contemporary composers in recent years (including Three Continents by Nico Muhly, Sven Helbig, Zhou Long and the world premiere of Sean Sheperd’s On a clear day in New York), he is embarking on a new musical journey: on February 17th with a special concert format with inaugural-poet Amanda Gorman. Together they will perform a concert evening with Bach’s cello suites and spoken word at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

In May, Jan Vogler will perform a program with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin under the direction of Anna Rakitina with works by Miklós Rózsa, an important Hungarian-American film composer. On June 4, Jan Vogler will play Anna Clyne’s cello concerto Dance with the London Philharmonia Orchestra and Santtu-Matias Rouvali. Both concerts belong to this year’s program of the Dresdner Musikfestspiele.


Mari Kodama’s new CD “Mozart & Poulenc: Double and Triple Concertos” (February 2024)

Mari Kodama’s successful start to the 23/24 season began at the Hamburg City Hall Open Air concert with the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra under the direction of Kent Nagano performing Beethoven’s Concerto No.2. This year begins with Mari Kodama performing two piano concertos (Colin Mcphee’s Tabuh – Tabuhan for two pianos and orchestra and Poulenc’s Concerto for two pianos) with her sister Momo Kodama and the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra in Tokyo.

Her collaboration with the CD label Pentatone will see her recording piano pieces by Bruckner in April and the release of her newest CD “Mozart & Poulenc: Double and Triple Concertos” together with Momo Kodama, Karin Kei Nagano and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande under the direction of Kent Nagano. One focus of Mari Kodama’s discography is the complete recording of piano works including the sonatas and concerti of Ludwig van Beethoven.
Her complete discography can be seen here.

Here you can listen to Mari Kodama at the Chopin Festival Hamburg in 2021 with Ravel’s Sonatine on Erard:

Midori’s concert at the beginning of 2024 (February 2024)

Midori begins the new year with two performances of Detlef Glanert’s Violin Concerto No. 2 An die Unsterbliche Geliebte: in January with the NDR Radiophilharmonie and Andrew Manze and in February with the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra, which co-commissioned the work. You can listen to the concert with the NDR Radiophilharmonie here for a year.

Other highlights in spring 2024 include concerts with the KBS Symphony in Seoul, with the Solistes Européens Luxembourg at the Luxembourg Philharmonie, a Schumann Violin Concerto recording at the KKL with the Festival Strings Lucerne, duo recitals in the USA and South America and guest appearances in Amsterdam, Prague, Wiesbaden and Dresden.

Midori’s recording of Leonard Bernstein’s Serenade for violin, strings, harp and percussion with the WDR Symphony Orchestra conducted by Constantinos Carydis is still available to listen to and watch on YouTube:


David Philip Hefti’s “Des Zaubers Spuren” (February 2024)

The world premiere of “Des Zaubers Spuren” by David Philip Hefti performed by the Scharoun Ensemble, for which the work was composed, can now be listened to on the SRF concert podcast. “Des Zaubers Spuren” is a tribute to Franz Schubert, as Schubert’s music has left audible and “inaudible” traces in Hefti’s work, as the composer says.

Concert from 15.09.2023, St. Mauritius Church, Zermatt (Zermatt Festival)

Johann Sebastian Bach: Concerto for oboe and violin in C minor BWV 1060
David Philip Hefti: Des Zaubers Spuren (2023, world premiere) Commissioned composition for the Scharoun Ensemble Berlin
Alban Berg: Seven early songs (arranged by Reinbert de Leeuw)
Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 4 in C minor, D. 417 “Tragic”

Zermatt Festival Orchestra
Scharoun Ensemble Berlin
David Philip Hefti, conductor
Wolfram Brandl, violin
Jonathan Kelly, oboe
Christiane Karg, soprano

The complete concert is available for unlimited listening here.


Kent Nagano’s first concerts in 2024 (January 2024)

Kent Nagano’s first concerts in 2024 will take him to the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam on January 13 for the Dutch premiere of Unsuk Chin’s Alaraph ‘Rite of the Heartbeat’ with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic. On January 18 & 19, Kent Nagano will conduct the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra in Zurich with a world premiere of Bryce Dessner’s Piano Concerto and on January 28, Kent Nagano will return to Berlin to the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester (DSO), whose chief conductor he was and is now associated with as honorary conductor. The program includes Hildegard von Bingen’s Responsorium ‘O vis aeternitatis’, performed by singers from the Rundfunkchor Berlin, and Mahler’s 7th Symphony.

Latest Manfred Honeck & PSO recording “Tchaikovsky & Schulhoff” listed as best recordings of the year 2023 (January 2024)

The most recent recording of the Pittsburg Symphony Orchestra and Manfred Honeck, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 and Schulhoff’s Five Pieces was listed by The New York Times, New Yorker, and Gramophone as one of the best recordings of the year. The CD was released in July 2023 on Reference Recordings.

Find more information on referencerecordings.com and pittsburgsymphony.org

Omer Meir Wellber conducts Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and Ella Milch-Sheriff’s “The Eternal Stranger” at New Year’s Eve concerts at the Wiener Konzerthaus (December 2023)

Omer Meir Wellber will conduct the New Year’s Eve concerts at the Wiener Konzerthaus on December 30 and 31, 2023 and January 1, 2024. The program includes Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, which the Wiener Symphoniker and the Wiener Singakademie traditionally perform at the turn of the year. On December 30, there will also be the Austrian premiere of “The Eternal Stranger”, a monodrama by Israeli composer Ella Milch-Sheriff with actor Eli Danker, who is well-known from film and television.

December 30                    Vienna, Konzerthaus
Wiener Symphoniker
Ella Milch-Sheriff: The Eternal Stranger. Monodrama for an actor and orchestra
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor op. 125
Omer Meir Wellber, conductor

December 31, January 1              Vienna, Konzerthaus
Wiener Symphoniker
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor op. 125
Omer Meir Wellber, conductor

Kent Nagano and Mari Kodama with the Haydn Orchestra in Bolzano (December 2023)

On December 5 and 6, Kent Nagano conducts the Haydn Orchestra with Mari Kodama at the piano in the Bolzano Concert Hall. The program includes works by Haydn and Ligeti, two very different composers who both use humor, irony and the fun of surprise in their music. 2023 would have been Ligeti’s 100th anniversary.

György Ligeti: Poème symphonique / Musical Ceremonial for 100 Metronomes
György Ligeti: Musica Ricercata n. 11 “Omaggio a Girolamo Frescobaldi”
Haydn: Sonata in C major Hob. XVI/48
György Ligeti: Concerto for piano and orchestra
Haydn: Symphony No. 102 in B flat major, Hob. I: 102

Dresdner Musikfestspiele program 2024: “Horizons” (November 2023)

Next year’s edition of the Dresdner Musikfestspiele with its theme “Horizons” will take place from May 9 to June 9, 2024.

Jan Vogler, cellist and Intendant of the Dresdner Musikfestspiele, is focusing on variety and new discoveries in the program of the 47th festival:

“The reception of classical music is changing. It could be the biggest transformation for almost a hundred years. We let ourselves be inspired by this and explore new horizons with our fantastic audience in 2024. I am looking forward to the most colorful festival year since the festival was founded.”


The opening concert with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Klaus Mäkelä and the closing concert with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and Jakub Hrůša form a classical framework for a whole festival month in which classical music meets pop, jazz and dance.

Other highlights of the festival include the concert with Jan Vogler (cello) and Daniel Hope (violin) with Deutsches Sinfonieorchester Berlin under the direction of Anna Rakitina and performances by Sting and jazz singer Laufey.

As part of a special concert, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra will perform under the direction of Jaap Van Zweden with a new composition by Daniel Lo and pianist Alexandre Kantorow.


Omer Meir Wellber: I Capuleti e I Montecchi premiere and stream on 26.11.23 (November 2023)

Today, Omer Meir Wellber will conduct the premiere of Vincenzo Bellini’s I Capuleti e I Montecchi at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo.

The performance of the opera on Sunday, November 26, 2023 will be streamed live on teatromassimo.it from 5.15 pm (CET) and will be available for 30 days.

“We are opening the season with a ‘Sicilian’ masterpiece such as I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Bellini’s favorite opera”, says Omer Meir Wellber, “with a combination of music and dance created with director and choreographer Idan Cohen (…). The protagonist couple, Romeo and Juliet, are entrusted to two female voices, as in Bellini’s score, with Romeo being “en travestie”. A stylistic choice that has to do with the customs of the time and which also has a political value today, as it shows how similar the characters of the two conflicting parties are, both vocally and as human beings.”

“The setting of the opera is a dystopian taxidermic museum with infinity mirrors, masterfully designed by Riccardo Massironi. The costumes designed by Edoardo Russo enhance the atmosphere and contribute to the portrayal of the young female lovers in this unique setting,” adds Idan Cohen.


November 22 Palermo, Teatro Massimo          Premiere

Vincenzo Bellini: I Capuleti e i Montecchi
Idan Cohen –  director
Further performances: November 23, 24, 25, 26, 28

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