Every classical concert programme that is played inBeijinghas a special value, particularly when it takes place at the concert hall of theForbidden City. In this already extraordinary frame, the representation of Kurt Weill’s “The seven deathly sins” is an even more unique project. The satirical ballet with Weill’s music and Bertolt Brecht’s text was premiered 1933 in Paris.
The spread of Gustav Mahler's symphonic oeuvre on international concert stages had already reached the rest of Europe and the USA, when it was first perceived in France. The taste of the Parisian audience - influenced strongly by Debussy, Ravel and Fauré - was a completely different one. Only a few months before Mahler's death in Vienna in 1911 were his compositions presented in Paris, amongst those the symphony n°4 with the vocal ending on the "Heavenly joys" which are now sung about by Kristiane Kaiser under the musical direction of Pedro Halffter, known both as successful conductor of opera and concert and as a composer. The concert will be held on 12 December 2014 at Le Corum in Montpellier together with the Orchestre national Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon.
Nicolas André goes his way discreetly but surely, with a lot of determination and an open spirit. Graduate of the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Lyon, he created both the ensemble "Les Enchantements", devoted to the interpretation of baroque music, and the choir "Diakhrôma" with which he offered a platform for numerous young composers. Subsequently, he created the festival d'Arromanches near his hometown, where a youth orchestra (also created by Nicolas André) plays the great symphonic repertoire from Mozart over Brahms and Stravinsky to Poulenc. He tries new concert formats and collaborates for example with "Accordzéâm", a group of popular music, offering with them an original vision of the New World Symphony by Dvorak. Success with the public guaranteed!
A few weeks ago, Julien Behr made sensation at the Opéra national du Rhin in the stunning world premiere of Quai Ouest by Régis Campo (after a play by Bernard-Marie Koltès). His performance was welcomed enthousiastically by the critics. Here some reviews' extracts: "Charles, the pivot character of the action, finds a worthy interpreter with Julien Behr" (Forum Opéra, 05.10.2014), "the tenor Julien Behr in the role of Charles is a revelation: marvellously clear and luminous timbre, lyrical lightness and suppleness, but where needed with focus and vocal projection - first class!" (Deutsche Bühne, 29.09.2014); "Julien Behr impresses as Charles in his monologue "Adieu moricaud"" (L'Alsace, 09.10.2014); "perfect Julien Behr" (Classica, November 2014); "the tenor Julien Behr offerst the most beautiful vocal composition of this production" (Concert Classic, 01.10.2014).
Alfred Eschwé has the reputation as one of the finest conductors worldwide for the repertoire of the Viennese king of waltz, Johann Strauß. Even though he is regularly guest at the leading European opera houses with other repertoire including a great variety of different epochs and styles, he is still mainly known particularly for his mastery of interpreting Strauß. This is why the Finnish National Opera was glad to invite him to conduct its new production of the Fledermaus, the possibly greatest operetta ever composed. In collaboration with stage director Marco Arturo Marelli, the new production of the Fledermaus in the Finnish capital will be presented with renowned soloists such as Alexandra Reinprecht, Michael Kraus, Claudia Göbl and Alexandru Badea. The premiere will be held on 28 November 2014. Further performances conducted by Alfred Eschwé on 4, 8, 10, 17 and 19 December 2014. (Link)
The Mariinsky Theatre invited Facundo Agudin to conduct Gounod's Faust at short notice on 30 October 2014 and the result of the "test of fire" was convincing. As a consequence of his success, Facundo Agudin has been reinvited to conduct at the Mariinsky further performances of Faust during this season. This is a well deserved recognition for this first-class conductor and hopefully the start of a long-term collaboration with this prestigious institution.