Sunday 14. Apr. 2019, 11.00 am | Elbphilharmonie, Großer Saal
Pierre Boulez: Rituel in memoriam Bruno Maderna
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Great Mass in c minor, K. 427
Kent Nagano is renowned for interpretations of clarity, elegance and intelligence. He is equally at home in music of the classical, romantic and contemporary eras, introducing concert and opera audiences throughout the world to new and rediscovered music and offering fresh insights into established repertoire. He has been Music Director of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal since September 2006 where his contract has been extended until 2020. In September 2013, he became Artistic Advisor and Principal Guest Conductor of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. In September 2015, he took up the position of General Music Director of the Hamburg State Opera and Chief Conductor of the Philharmonic State Orchestra. With his Hamburg orchestra he went on South America Tour in the beginning of season 2016/17, with concerts e.g. in Buenos Aires, Sao Paolo and Bogotá. On 13 January 2017 Kent Nagano conducted the world premiere of a new oratorio by Jörg Widmann as the very first concert with the Philharmonic State Orchestra in the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg on the occasion of the inauguration festivities of the new hall. Since then the traditional Philharmonic Concerts take place in the new Elbphilharmonie. In February 2017 he stood at the rostrum of the orchestra for the premiere of Alban Berg’s “Lulu”. Kent Nagano started his first season with the premiere of Berlioz‘ “Les Troyens”, the world premiere of Toshio Hosokawas “Stilles Meer” followed in January 2016. Messiaen’s symphony “Turangalîla” choreographed by John Neumeier was premiered in early July 2016.
With the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal Kent Nagano went on US tour in March 2016. A milestone at the helm of the OSM was the inauguration of the orchestra’s new concert hall “La Maison Symphonique” in September 2011. Highlights with the orchestra include the complete cycles of Beethoven and Mahler symphonies, Schoenberg's “Gurrelieder”, concert versions of Wagner's “Tannhäuser”, “Tristan und Isolde”, “Das Rheingold”, Honegger’s “Jeanne d’Arc au Bûcher”, Messiaen's “Saint François d'Assise”, and concert series featuring the works of Dutilleux (2010-11) and Boulez (2011-12). Nagano has taken the orchestra on a coast-to-coast tour of Canada and also to tours to Japan, South Korea, Europe and South America. In October 2014 they embarked on their second tour to Japan. Their recordings together include Mahler’s “Orchestral Songs” with Christian Gerhaher, Beethoven’s Piano Concertos Nos. 4 & 5 and a complete recording of all the Symphonies by Beethoven of which the album “Ideals of the French Revolution” with Symphony No. 5 won a Juno award. In March 2015 Kent Nagano conducted the North American Premiere of “L’Aiglon”, a rare opera of Honegger and Ibert. This production was recorded and released by Decca and has won an ECHO Klassik 2016. “Danse Macabre” followed as second production with Decca, with works by Dukas, Dvorák, Mussorgsky, Balakirev, Saint-Saens and Ives in October 2016.
At the Bayerische Staatsoper, where he was General Music Director from 2006 to 2013, Kent Nagano commissioned new operas such as “Babylon” by Jörg Widmann, Das “Gehege” by Wolfgang Rihm and “Alice in Wonderland” by Unsuk Chin. New productions have included Mussorgsky’s “Boris Godunov” and “Khovanshchina”, “Idomeneo”, “Eugene Onegin”, “Ariadne auf Naxos” and “Die Schweigsame Frau”, “Les Dialogues des Carmélites”, “St François d’Assise”, “Wozzeck”, George Benjamin’s “Written on Skin” and “Der Ring des Nibelungen”. With the Bayerisches Staatsorchester Nagano has toured throughout Europe and in Japan and together they have recorded Bruckner Symphonies No. 4, 7 and 8. In January 2014, Kent Nagano returned to the Bayerische Staatsoper to conduct a revival of Widmann’s “Babylon”.
As a much sought after guest conductor, Nagano has worked with most of the world’s finest orchestras, just as the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Munich Philharmonics, London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, WDR Symphony Orchestra, Concerto Köln, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rom and at Wiener Festwochen. Since 2014 he is forming his own festival as part of the AUDI Sommerkonzerte, called Vorsprung-Festival. He has an ongoing relationship with Sony Classical and has also recorded for Erato, Teldec, Pentatone and Deutsche Grammophon as well as Harmonia Mundi, winning Grammy awards for his recordings of Busoni’s “Doktor Faust” with Opéra National de Lyon, “Peter and the Wolf” with the Russian National Orchestra and Saariaho’s “L’amour de Loin” with the Deutsches Symphonieorchester Berlin.
A very important period in Nagano’s career was his time as Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, from 2000-2006. He performed Schönberg’s “Moses und Aron” with the orchestra (in collaboration with Los Angeles Opera), and took them to the Salzburg Festival to perform both Zemlinsky’s “Der König Kandaules” and Schreker’s “Die Gezeichneten”, as well as to the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden with “Parsifal” and “Lohengrin” in productions by Nikolaus Lehnhoff. Recordings with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin for Harmonia Mundi include repertoire as diverse as Bernstein’s Mass, Bruckner’s Symphonies Nos. 3 & 6, Beethoven’s “Christus am Ölberge”, Wolf Lieder, Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 and Schönberg’s “Die Jakobsleiter” and “Friede auf Erden”, as well as Brahms’s Symphony No. 4 and Schönberg’s “Variationen für Orchester” Op. 31. In June 2006, at the end of his tenure with the orchestra, Kent Nagano was given the title Honorary Conductor by members of the orchestra, only the second recipient of this honour in their 60-year history. To this day he has a close friendship to the orchestra.
Kent Nagano became the first Music Director of Los Angeles Opera in 2003 having already held the position of Principal Conductor for two years. His work in other opera houses has included Shostakovich’s “The Nose” (Staatsoper Berlin), Rimsky Korsakov’s “The Golden Cockerel” (Châtelet, Paris), Hindemith’s “Cardillac” (Opéra national de Paris), “Dialogues des Carmélites” (Metropolitan Opera) and at the Salzburg Festival “Les Contes d’Hoffmann”, Zemlinsky’s “Der Koenig Kandaules”, Schreker’s “Die Gezeichneten” and the world premiere of Saariaho’s “L’amour de loin”. Other world premieres include Bernstein’s “A White House Cantata” and operas by Peter Eötvös (“Three Sisters”), and John Adams (“The Death of Klinghoffer” and “El Niño”).
Born in California, Nagano maintains close connections with his home state and was Music Director of the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra from 1978-2008. His early professional years were spent in Boston, working in the opera house and as assistant conductor to Seiji Ozawa at the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He played a key role in the world premiere of Messiaen’s opera “Saint François d’Assise” at the request of the composer, who became a mentor and bequeathed his piano to the conductor. Nagano’s success in America led to European appointments: Music Director of Opéra National de Lyon (1988-1998) and Music Director of the Hallé Orchestra (1991-2000).
Marie-Sophie Pollak, in Bietigheim-Bissingen/Deutschland geboren, studierte an der Hochschule für Musik und Theater München bei Prof. Gabriele Fuchs und schloss ihr Diplom mit Auszeichnung ab.
Noch während ihres Studiums debütierte sie bei den Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik, denen sie in mehreren Produktionen verbunden blieb. Es folgten Konzert- und Opernengagements im In- und Ausland. Regelmäßig ist Marie-Sophie Pollak bei namhaften Festivals, u.a. LuganoMusica, Potsdamer Musikfestspiele Sanssouci, Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik, Münchener Biennale, Stuttgarter Musikfest, Trans-Sibirian Art Festival Novosibirsk, zu hören und stand bereits auf Bühnen wie der Tonhalle Düsseldorf, Wiener Musikverein, Wiener Konzerthaus, Prager Rudolfinum, Herkulessaal München, Konzerthaus Berlin, Hamburger Staatsoper, Auditorio Nacional de Madrid sowie dem Théatre du Chatêlet in Paris. Während ihrer noch jungen Karriere arbeitete sie bereits mit Dirigenten wie Kent Nagano, Thomas Hengelbrock, Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Hans-Christoph Rademann, Václav Luks und Alessandro de Marchi. Besonders verbunden ist Marie-Sophie Pollak der Elbphilharmonie Hamburg. Ihrem Debüt im Oktober 2017 in Haydns "Die Jahreszeiten" unter der Leitung von Kent Nagano folgen mehrere Konzerte, unter anderem das Silvesterkonzert 2018.
Im letzten Jahr sang die junge Sopranistin zum ersten Mal in J.S. Bachs "Weihnachtsoratorium" an der Hamburger Staatsoper in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Hamburg Ballett – John Neumeier. Dieses Jahr kehrte sie bereits für ein Akademie-Konzert mit Kent Nagano nach Hamburg zurück und singt auch diesen Dezember die Sopran Partie in John Neumeiers "WO I-VI".
Marie-Sophie Pollak ist Bundespreisträgerin 2006 des Wettbewerbs "Jugend Musiziert" und war Finalistin beim Internationalen Gesangswettbewerb für Barockoper "Pietro Antonio Cesti". Sie wurde zweimal mit dem Deutschlandstipendium ausgezeichnet, wird zudem von der Organisation Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now gefördert und ist Stipendiatin der Christl und Klaus Haack-Stiftung.
German lyric tenor Sebastian Kohlhepp is in great demand on the international opera and concert scene. Most recently, as a member of the resident company of Stuttgart Staatsoper from 2015 to 2017, he covered the great lyrical Mozart roles of Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) and Ferrando (Così fan tutte), and thrilled audiences and critics as a skilled performer of Baroque operas, singing Lucio Vero in "Il Vologeso", Oronte in "Alcina", and Lurcanio in "Ariodante".
Sebastian Kohlhepp was born in Limburg an der Lahn, where he received his first vocal training at the local boys' choir. He studied under Hedwig Fassbender at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt/Main. He was then engaged as a member of the opera ensemble at Karlsruhe Staatstheater. He then switched to the Staatsoper in Vienna, where he sang under the baton of renowned conductors including Adám Fischer, Franz Welser-Most, Peter Schneider, Jeffrey Tate, Dan Ettinger and Patrick Lange.
Kohlhepp has given guest appearances at Opéra Monte Carlo (Strauss' "Salome"), the Volksoper in Vienna (Britten's Albert Herring), the Theater an der Wien in Vienna (Monteverdi's "Il ritorno d'Ulisse"), and Basel Municipal Theatre (The Magic Flute).
In the course of the 2017-2018 season, Sebastian Kohlhepp will cover the role of Tamino (The Magic Flute) at the Theater an der Wien, and will sing his début as Belmonte (Entführung aus dem Serail) at the Salzburg Mozart Festival.
He will honor further guest engagements in a new production of Cherubini's "Medea" (stage direction: Peter Konwitschny) at Stuttgart Staatsoper, and will sing as Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) in Cologne.
As a soloist in concert performances, Sebastian Kohlhepp collaborates on a regular basis with ensembles such as the Stuttgart Bachakademie, the Collegium Vocale Gent, the RIAS Chamber Choir, the Stuttgart Chamber Choir, Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, and B'Rock, as well as with renowned conductors including Frieder Bernius, Philippe Herreweghe, René Jacobs, Hans-Christoph Rademann, Helmuth Rilling, and Andreas Spering. He has performed at venues such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Philharmonie in Berlin, the Philharmonie in Paris, Zurich Tonhalle, Vienna Konzerthaus, Shanghai Concert Hall, and the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires.
Upcoming engagements include Haydn's Creation in Freiburg and Berlin with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra conducted by René Jacobs, a European tour featuring Mendelssohn's "Elijah" under the baton of Pablo Heras-Casado, Frank Martin's opera "Le Vin Herbé" at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, and Bach's "Saint John Passion" with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra in Korea.
A series of CD, DVD and broadcast recordings offer further insight into Sebastian Kohlhepp's mulutifaceted talents. He recently participated in the complete recording of Bach's Chorale Cantatas under Christoph Spering in a joint collaboration between the labels deutsche harmonia mundi and Sony Music. René Jacobs's new recording of the "Saint John Passion", in which Kohlhepp sings the tenor arias, received the "2017 ICMA Award" in the Baroque Vocal category.
CHORWERK RUHR is one of Germany’s leading chamber choirs. Founded in 1999, this vocal ensemble has developed into an established beacon of the vocal arts in the German-speaking world. Its most remarkable quality is to be able to satisfy the exacting demands of solo casting and at the same time achieve perfect fusion of the ensemble within a choral sound.
In November 2011 the multi-award-winning conductor Florian Helgath took over as Artistic Director. He regards the focal point of his work as highlighting new choral music in the context of traditional musical forms, thereby enabling the listener to appreciate its innovation against the background of our rich musical history. With this top-class ensemble he produces choral music at the very highest level. The ensemble’s remarkable quality is also evident in the numerous commissioned compositions and world premieres by distinguished contemporary composers that have been achieved in close co-operation with CHORWERK RUHR’s partners.
CHORWERK RUHR has established itself as one of the most illustrious artistic names associated with the Ruhr metropolitan region and one of Germany’s top choirs. Since it was founded, the ensemble has performed concerts of music from all periods up to and including the present day with such prominent conductors as Frieder Bernius, Sylvain Cambreling, Reinhard Goebel, Robin Gritton, Rupert Huber, Susanna Mälkki, Kent Nagano, Peter Neumann, Emilio Pomàrico, Peter Rundel, Marcus Stenz, Bruno Weil and Hans Zender.
In concerts with distinguished orchestras including the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Concerto Köln, Ensemble Resonanz, l’arte del mondo, Ensemble Musikfabrik, the Schönberg Ensemble Amsterdam, Ensemble Modern, the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, the Bochumer Symphoniker, the SWR Symphony Orchestra of Baden-Baden and Freiburg and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra CHORWERK RUHR has consistently delighted audiences and earned excellent reviews. Numerous recordings with WDR and DLF as well as regular appearances at music festivals both in Germany and abroad reflect the popularity of this excellent ensemble. Every year CHORWERK RUHR performs in a special co-operative project as part of the Ruhrtriennale.
CHORWERK RUHR is an integral part of Kultur Ruhr GmbH, funded by the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia.
The Philharmonic State Orchestra is Hamburg’s largest and oldest orchestra, looking back on many years of musical history. When the “Philharmonic Orchestra” and the “Orchestra of the Hamburg Municipal Theatre” merged in 1934, two tradition-steeped orchestras combined. Philharmonic concerts have been performed in Hamburg since 1828, artists such as Clara Schumann, Franz Liszt and Johannes Brahms being regular guests of the Philharmonic Society. The history of the opera company goes back even further: Hamburg has been home to musical theatre since 1678, even if a regular opera or theatre orchestra was only formed later. To this day, the Philharmonic State Orchestra has embodied the sound of the Hansa City, a concert and opera orchestra in one.
During its long history, the orchestra encountered great artist personalities. Apart from composers of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, such as Georg Philipp Telemann, Piotr I. Tchaikovsky, Richard Strauss, Gustav Mahler, Sergey Prokofiev and Igor Stravinsky, since the 20th century chief conductors such as Karl Muck, Eugen Jochum, Joseph Keilberth, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Horst Stein, Gerd Albrecht, Ingo Metzmacher and Simone Young have shaped the orchestra’s sound. Renowned conductors of the pre-war era such as Otto Klemperer, Wilhelm Furtwängler, Bruno Walter, Karl Böhm and Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt gave brilliant performances, as did outstanding conductors of our times: suffice it to mention Sir Neville Marriner, Christian Thielemann, Semyon Bychkov, Kirill Petrenko, Valery Gergiev and Sir Roger Norrington.
Starting with the 2015/2016 season, Kent Nagano has taken on the position of Hamburg’s General Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Philharmonic State Orchestra and the Hamburg State Opera. In his first season Kent Nagano initiated a new project, the Philharmonic Academy at St. Michaelis, focusing on experimentation and chamber music. In 2016 Nagano and the Philharmonic undertook a successful three-week concert tour in South America. Since 2017 Kent Nagano and the Philharmonic State Orchestra have continued the traditional Philharmonic Concerts at the new Elbphilharmonie, for which they commissioned Jörg Widmann to compose the oratorio ARCHE, which was given its world premiere during the hall’s opening festivities.
The Philharmonic State Orchestra offers approximately 35 concerts per season and performs more than 240 performances per year at the Hamburg State Opera and the Hamburg Ballet – John Neumeier, making it Hamburg’s busiest orchestra. The stylistic bandwidth covered by the 134 musicians, ranging from historically informed performance practice to contemporary works and including concert, opera and ballet repertoire, is unique throughout Germany. Chamber Music has a long tradition at the Philharmonic State Orchestra: what began in 1929 with a concert series for chamber orchestra has been continued since 1968 by a series of chamber music only, which celebrates its 50-year anniversary in 2017/18.
In 2008 Simone Young and the Philharmonic State Orchestra won the Brahms Award of the Schleswig-Holstein Brahms Society. In 2012 Simone Young received a Helpmann Award for performances of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 and Wagner’s Rheingold with the Philharmonic in Brisbane, Australia. The orchestra has recorded the complete Ring by Wagner as well as the complete symphonies of Johannes Brahms and Anton Bruckner – the latter in the rarely-performed original versions – as well as works by Mahler, Hindemith and Berg, and has released DVDs of opera and ballet productions by Hosokawa, Offenbach, Reimann, Auerbach, J.S. Bach, Puccini, Poulenc and Weber.
The members of the Philharmonic State Orchestra feel equally beholden to the Hansa City’s musical tradition and responsible for the city’s artistic future. Since 1978 the musicians have been participating in education programmes in Hamburg’s schools. To this day, the TV format Musikkontakte initiated by Gerd Albrecht during his tenure as General Music Director is unforgotten. Today, the orchestra maintains a broad education programme, including school and kindergarten visits, patronage for music projects, introductory events for children and family concerts. The orchestra’s own academy prepares young musicians for their professional careers. The Philharmonic’s musicians thereby make an equally enjoyable and valuable contribution to tomorrow’s music education in the music metropolis of Hamburg.
Venue: Elbphilharmonie, Großer Saal, Platz der Deutschen Einheit 4, 20457 Hamburg