Berlin goes bonkers for Berlioz

Plans have been launched for this late-summer’s Berliner Festspiele. The core members look like British.

Press launch:

Musikfest Berlin 2019:
Hector Berlioz and European Modernism
Musikfest Berlin, hosted by Berliner Festspiele in cooperation with the Basis Berliner Philharmoniker

On the event of the 150th anniversary of Hector Berlioz’ dying, the 2019 Musikfest Berlin will have fun the French composer. Taking his music and visionary concepts as a degree of departure, the competition will current a programme that highlights French and European Modernism. The spectrum will vary from Jean-Philippe Rameau by way of Arthur Honegger, Edgard Varèse, Olivier Messiaen, Iannis Xenakis, Gérard Grisey to modern composers: Peter Eötvös from Hungary, Olga Neuwirth from Austria and Louis Andriessen from the Netherlands. The competition will dedicate a spotlight of a number of live shows to every of those three.

After a live performance earlier than the opening, an extended piano night time that includes a efficiency of the entire “Catalogue d’Oiseaux” by Olivier Messiaen, the 2019 Musikfest shall be launched on 31 August with Hector Berlioz’ opera comique “Benvenuto Cellini”. The Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique and the Monteverdi Choir will current the semi-staged efficiency on historic devices and underneath the musical route of their founder Sir John Eliot Gardiner. Aside from additional large-scale works by Hector Berlioz – the “Symphonie fantastique”, “Roméo et Juliette”, “Harold en Italie” and excerpts from “Les Troyens”, the composer’s idea of gigantic orchestrations shall be manifest in a number of live shows through the competition, with giant orchestral formations filling the podiums: the efficiency of “Frau ohne Schatten” by Richard Strauss by Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Alfred Schnittke’s first symphony with Münchner Philharmoniker and Valery Gergiev, “Amériques” by Edgard Varèse with Berliner Philharmoniker and Peter Eötvös in addition to “Éclairs sur l’Au-delá” by Olivier Messiaen, the primary efficiency by the London Symphony Orchestra in Berlin along with its Music Director Sir Simon Rattle. Along with orchestra and chamber music live shows in addition to operas in semi-staged and concertante performances, the world premiere of the restored seven-hour model of Abel Gance’s silent movie “La Roue” shall be offered at Konzerthaus Berlin. Moreover, the well-known firm of the Umewaka Kennokai Basis from Tokyo will go to the Philharmonie to carry out Nō-Theatre from the 15th and 17th century on the event of the 25th anniversary of town partnership between Berlin and Tokyo in addition to the 50th anniversary of the Japanese Cultural Institute.

Aside from the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique and the London Symphony Orchestra, Nice Britain’s first radio orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra will journey to Berlin from London, along with its Chief Conductor Sakari Oramo. Because the second ensemble devoted to historic efficiency observe, the Parisian orchestra Les Siècles and François-Xavier Roth will have fun the orchestra’s Musikfest Berlin-debut and its first efficiency on the Philharmonie. On their final European farewell-tour collectively, Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra will cease off in Berlin. The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam with Tugan Sokiev will come from the Netherlands, Münchner Philharmoniker with Valery Gergiev from Munich, each Junge Deutsche Philharmonie with Jonathan Nott and Ensemble Fashionable with Brad Lubman from Frankfurt. Ensemble Musikfabrik will arrive from Cologne with Peter Eötvös, who will even characteristic as a guest-conductor with Berliner Philharmoniker in a efficiency of “Alhambra”, a violin concerto Eötvös wrote for Isabelle Faust. Berliner Philharmoniker shall be heard as soon as extra through the competition, underneath the musical route of Daniel Harding, and the Karajan-Akademie will be part of the competition for the primary time, performed by Susanna Mälkki. Different outstanding orchestras from Berlin featured within the programme of the 2019 Musikfest Berlin are Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin with their Chief Conductor Robin Ticciati, Konzerthausorchester Berlin underneath the musical route of Juraj Valčuha, Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin with Common Music Director Donald Runnicles and Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin with Chief Conductor Vladimir Jurowski.

Musikfest Berlin will happen from 30 August to 19 September. In the course of the 21 days of the competition, 26 occasions that includes greater than 65 works by 30 composers shall be offered on the Philharmonie and its Chamber Music Corridor. Total, 22 orchestras will contribute to the competition. Greater than 50 worldwide soloists will come to Berlin, together with the singers Susanna Andersson, Alice Coote, Nora Fischer, Juliet Fraser, Susan Graham, Barbara Hannigan, Andrew Staples, Yuko Kakuta, Georg Nigl, Shenyang und Klaus Florian Vogt and the singers featured within the first-rate ensembles of the opera performances. Additional soloists: trumpeter Håkan Hardenberger, the flutist Emmanuel Pahud, pianists Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Alexander Melnikov and Olga Pashchenko, violinists Isabelle Faust, Gil Shaham and Valeriy Sokolov in addition to violist Tabea Zimmermann. The IPPNW-Charity Live performance offered by the WuWei Trio will happen on 22 September at 16h on the Chamber Music Corridor.

Broadcasts of as many as 16 live shows of Musikfest Berlin 2019 are deliberate in addition to the “Quartett der Kritiker” of Deutschlandfunk Kultur and rbb Kulturradio. The competition’s different media companions are FAZ, Exberliner and Monopol.


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