Thomas Gansch, Robert Rother, Roman Rindberger, trumpet
Leonhard Paul, Gerhard Füßl, Zoltan Kiss, trombone
Wilfried Brandstötter, tuba
New Year’s Concert
Soloists: Nika Gorič, soprano; Jaka Mihelač, baritone
Programme: C. Orff, M. Kozina, W. A. Mozart, J. Strauss II, R. Strauss, G. Donizetti, J. Williams, L. van Beethoven
Ludwig van Beethoven, Andante favori in F major, WoO 57
Ludwig van Beethoven, Sonata No 18 in E-flat major, Op. 31 No 3
Robert Schumann, Bunte Blätter (Coloured Leaves), Op. 99, selection
Robert Schumann, Presto Passionato, Op. 22
Sergei Prokofiev, Sonata No 8 in B-flat major, Op. 84
Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov (1991) made a spectacular ascent in the world of classical music in 2011, when winning – within a space of several weeks – medals at some of the world’s most prestigious piano competitions, taking First Prize in Tel Aviv’s Rubinstein Competition, and both First Prize and Grand Prix in Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Competition. His performances are a perpetual source of awe. “I never heard anything like that,” marvelled the legendary pianist Martha Argerich. Despite his young age, the pianist enjoys a glittering career, and also composes for piano, chamber ensemble and orchestra. The critics praise his impeccable technique, elegant touch and witty grace. Combining consummate technique with rare sensitivity and depth, he demonstrates preternatural dexterity, tonal sensitivity and astounding insight.
Trifonov recently added a first Grammy Award to his already considerable string of honours, winning Best Instrumental Solo Album of 2018 with Transcendental, a double album of Liszt’s works, while his latest release, Chopin Evocations, mesmerised both music critics and connoisseurs alike. In commenting on the Best 25 Classical Music Recordings of 2017, The New York Times wrote: “Do we need another recording of Chopin’s piano concertos? Well, we need this one, because Mr. Trifonov plays them magnificently.”
With his elegant virtuosity and youthful vigour, as well as tenderness, depth and profound commitment, Daniil Trifonov has taken the musical world by storm.
Daniil Trifonov, piano
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Conductor: Maxime Emelyanychev
Franco Fagioli, Serse
Vivica Genaux, Arsamene
Inga Kalna, Romilda
Francesca Aspromonte, Atalanta
Andreas Wolf, Ariodate
Delphine Galou, Amastre
Biagio Pizzuti, Elviro
Programme: George F. Handel, Serse, opera in three acts, HWV 40, concert rendition
Il Pomo d'Oro (2012) is a rising star in the world of historical performance. The ensemble has gained renown for its authentic and dynamic interpretations of operas and instrumental works from the Baroque and Classical periods. All well-known specialists, ensemble members are distinguished figures in the field of historical performance practice, enchanting the audiences with stylistic consistency, finesse, virtuosity and total artistic dedication. Since 2016, the ensemble’s Chief Conductor has been Maxim Emelyanychev (1988). Award-winner of numerous international competitions, Emelyanychev is hailed for his charismatic and compelling stage presence and technical prowess.
The ensemble is touring with a concert staging of Handel’s opera Serse. Paying a return visit to Ljubljana, countertenor virtuoso Franco Fagioli will sing the title role. Fagioli possesses the prerequisite combination of technical agility, musicality, tonal variety and vocal range required to triumph in works that leave many other countertenors perplexed. He will share the stage with a charismatic mezzosoprano, Vivica Genaux, proficient interpreter of the Baroque repertoire, Inga Kalna; promising soprano Francesca Aspromonte; outstanding interpreter of period repertoire, Andreas Wolf; contralto with a warm timbre, Delphine Galou, and baritone Biagio Pizzuti, who will record his featured role for a Deutsche Grammophone release.
With a view to enhancing the acoustic experience, the concert will be held on the proscenium, in front of the safety curtain. The performance’s running time is 3 hours 20 mins, including an interval. Beginning at 19.00 and concluding at approx. 22.20.
Violating the decorum by mixing the genres of opera seria and opera buffa, Serse’s first production was a complete failure. Today, Serse is Handel’s most popular opera with modern audiences.
Kratka vsebina opere
Kserks prekine zaroko s princeso Amastris, da bi dobil Romildo. Ta je zaljubljena v njegovega brata Arsamena, s katerim pa ima svoje namere tudi Romildina sestra Atalanta, ki skuje načrt, s katerim bo ločila zaljubljenca in spravila sestro v kraljev objem. Za trenutek se zdi, da ji je uspelo, a je njena prevara razkrita. Ko Kserks spozna, da sta se Romilda in Arsamen na skrivaj poročila, zaukaže bratu ubiti svojo mlado nevesto. Pristopi vojak in se ponudi, da izvede usmrtitev, a nato razkrije svojo pravo identiteto – v vojaka se je preoblekla Amastris. Kralja preplavi globoko obžalovanje in od princese zahteva, da usmrti njega. Ona odkloni in namesto tega se naposled poročita.
Zaradi ustreznejše zvočne podobe bo koncert pred železno zaveso, na polni odrski postavitvi.
Wolfgang A. Mozart, Violin Sonata No 36 in F major, K 547
Cesar Franck, Sonata in A major
Franz Schubert, Violin Sonata in G minor, D 408
Ottorino Respighi, Violin Sonata in B minor, P 110
All music connoisseurs know the story about an eleven-year-old child prodigy with a poetical name who debuted under the baton of the illustrious Zubin Mehta and developed into a leading violinist of our time. If musical perfection can be said to exist, it is found in Midori’s playing. Unwaveringly dedicated to the idea of pure musical expression, Midori pursues her path of a sought-after concert artist and visionary teacher. She encourages underprivileged children in New York and Japan to obtain a musical education and is actively engaged in charity appeals. In her quest to reach out to people and foster an appreciation of music, Midori goes beyond the concert halls and recording studios to the areas where music access is most needed.
Midori’s recurrent chamber partner is Turkish-American pianist Özgür Aydin, winner of the renowned ARD International Music Competition in Munich. Aydin has enchanted the critics and audiences alike with his supple playing, splendid touch and refined taste. The two astounding artists share their love of diversified repertoire and the desire for conveying deeply felt expressivity. That they are regular collaborators is evident in each of their finely wrought but free-spirited interpretations. Their music-making is utterly compelling, and the finely balanced interplay of instruments virtually unparalleled.
The stylistic diversity of an all-sonata programme highlights the interpretative breadth of the two musicians. Alternately foregrounding violin and piano, the programme calls for a musical dialogue between equals.
Midori, violin & Özgür Aydin, piano
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Soloists: Rinnat Moriah, soprano
Slovenian premiere of Vito Žuraj’s composition Alavò, written on the occasion of the Claudia Abbado Compositional Prize.
At the invitation of Pierre Boulez, German pianist and conductor Michael Wendeberg served as the pianist of the Parisian Ensemble InterContemporain between 2000 and 2005. As a soloist, he has performed at festivals in Lucerne, Salzburg and New York. He was assistant to conductor Daniel Barenboim at the Berlin State Opera, and today he works as the artistic director of the Lucerne Opera and leader of the Ensemble Contrechamps from Geneva.
The first part of the concert – which is also the opening event of this year's first edition of the festival Into the New Year with New Music – is dedicated to the 40th birthday of composer Vito Žuraj. For several years now, he has been collaborating extremely successfully with renowned ensembles for contemporary music, such as Ensemble Modern, Klangforum Wien and Ensemble InterContemporain, as well as the New York Philharmonic. His works have been performed at festivals such as the MiTo Festival in Milan, the Salzburg Festival, the Slowind Festival and ORF Musikprotokoll, as well as at the Paris Institute for Research and Coordination in Acoustic and Music (IRCAM).
Patrick Hahn, the author of the text for Žuraj’s composition, wrote: “Alavò is a poetic scene and a utopian sound space. The composition, which was written on the occasion of the Claudia Abbado Compositional Prize, was inspired by Sicilian sources – it is based on the old Sicilian fairy tale Sapia la sapiente, which unfolds in the composition on multiple levels of time and consciousness.” Soprano Rinnat Moriah and pianist Jean-Frédéric Neuburger were also the soloists at the piece’s premiere on 5 November 2017 at the Berlin Philharmonic.
The second part of the concert features one of Strauss’s most extensive orchestral compositions, the symphonic poem Ein Heldenleben. This brilliant orchestral score, full of the glittering sound of the large, late-Romantic orchestra, with extraordinary gradations and an unforgettable violin solo, was first conducted by the composer himself on 3 March 1899 in Frankfurt.
Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra - Orange 4
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Slovenská filharmónia, Slovenský filharmonický zbor
Conductor: Rastislav Štúr
Kateřina Kněžíková, soprano
Ludovít Ludha, tenor
Adam Plachetka, bass-baritone
Programme: Antonín Dvořák, The Spectre's Bride, cantata, Op. 69
The concert by the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir will bring to mind a triumphant episode in Slovenian choral history. This is because the Orchestra is touring with Dvořák’s The Spectre's Bride for choir, three soloists and orchestra, a dramatic cantata performed in Vienna by the Glasbena matica Ljubljana Music Society in 1896, a time when musical performance in Slovenia was still in its infancy. Under Dvořák’s baton, Slovenian singers enraptured Vienna’s fastidious audiences and exacting music critics.
Enjoying an enviable international reputation, the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra (1949) is a regular guest of main music venues and festivals in Europe. Within half a century of intense artistic activity, the Slovak Philharmonic Choir (1946) has developed into a body of exceptional quality and is today one of the foremost European ensembles of its kind. Its unique technical abilities, refined expression, perfectly balanced voices, interpretational skills and exemplary artistic discipline are all reflected in its sublime performances. The musicians will perform under the baton of Rastislav Štúr, an exceptionally talented artist and one of Slovakia’s finest operatic conductors. The features soloists are: Kateřina Kněžíková, a soprano of great technical and expressive prowess, internationally acclaimed tenor Ludovít Ludha, and Adam Plachetka, a bass-baritone with a silky voice and strong stage presence.
Dvořák’s cantata, conveying the sentiments of longing, hope, despair, dread and, ultimately, relief, masterfully interlaces Karel Erben’s heartrending poetry and the composer’s inexhaustible musical invention.
Johann S. Bach, Prelude and Fugue in E minor, BWV 548
Jehan Alain, Three Dances for Organ
Igor Stravinsky, Petrushka, movements from suite (Infernal Dance, Berceuse, Finale)
A leading French organist of the young generation, Baptiste-Florian Marle-Ouvrard has won several prestigious international improvisation competitions. He serves as the organist at the famous Gothic Church of Saint-Eustache in Paris (whose pipe organ is reputed to be the largest in France) and also applies himself to teaching. Apart from maintaining a busy concert schedule across Europe, the US and beyond, he also writes music. Moreover, he greatly enjoys providing organ accompaniment to silent movies in French cinemas.
Marle-Ouvrard’s diversified and broad repertoire ranges from classical organ works to transcriptions of symphonic works. He devotes particular attention to improvisation, seeing it as an excellent vehicle for showcasing his talent. A daring musician, he combines organ with other forms of artistic expression, including dance, electronic music and graphic art.
An idiosyncratic organist, Baptiste-Florian Marle-Ouvrard possesses an innate gift for improvisation, mesmerising critics and audiences alike with invariably new ideas that stretch the established limits of interpretation.
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