Benefizkonzert des Heidelberger Frühling

Dieser ganz besondere Benefizabend mitten im 25. Jubiläumsjahr des Heidelberger Frühling leuchtet im barocken Festmusikglanz – denn es wird royal! Die berühmtesten Komponisten des 17. und 18. Jahrhunderts standen in den Diensten kunstsinniger Potentaten und hatten dank finanzieller Unterstützung von Königen und Kaisern die Möglichkeit, prächtige Werke für allerlei repräsentative Anlässe zu verfassen. Besonders prunkvolle Werke erklangen freilich zu den Krönungsfeierlichkeiten, allen voran im Rahmen der dazugehörigen Liturgie. Die bekanntesten Krönungskompositionen sind unbestritten Georg Friedrich Händels „Coronation Anthems“, die seit fast 300 Jahren bei der Einsetzung des britischen Monarchen in Westminster Abbey erklingen. Aber auch Georg Muffat und Antonio Caldara steuerten solemne Musik für diese ausufernden Feierlichkeiten bei.

 

Eine Veranstaltung der

Gefördert von der

In Kooperation mit der Kirchenmusik an der Jesuitenkirche Heidelberg.

Trondheim Solistene

Passion. Perfection. Raw intensity. With these fundamentals, the chamber orchestra TrondheimSolistene (The Trondheim Soloists) is carving out its own musical territory.

The orchestra was founded in 1988 to give the best music students in Trondheim an opportunity to play together and to gain concert experience. It has since established itself as one of the most distinguished ensembles in Norway, and has won international recognition for its own distinctively open and clear orchestral sound, described by the British music magazine “Classic FM” as “The Trondheim Sound”.

Teamwork and a lively musical inquisitiveness are core values. From August 2017 the violinist and music teacher Geir Inge Lotsberg, is the Artistic Director and continues to develop the virtuosity and confidence that allow them to play what they want, when they want, and to take chances rather than play safe.

The orchestra’s energetic musicality and sheer joy in music-making are infectious. In 1999 a fruitful association with the violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter was begun that has spanned many years and has included concerts, tours and recordings, and this has contributed to the orchestra’s growing reputation at home and abroad, leading to an increasing number of engagements. The orchestra has performed with leading artists not only in classical music, but also in jazz, folk music, rock and pop.

TrondheimSolistene has been featured on more than 50 albums. Its recordings for the 2L label have won great acclaim, earning not only three Spellemannpriser (Norwegian music awards), but also, for the albums “Divertimenti”, “In Folk Style”, “Souvenir” and “Reflections”, a total of ten Grammy nominations, as well as glowing international reviews. The orchestra’s best-selling release to date has been Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” with Mutter as soloist, on the Deutsche Grammophon label (with approximately 700,000 records sold).

The development of musical talent and the fostering of an enduring musical environment in Trondheim constitute a vital part of this orchestra’s work. It has close ties with the Department of Music at Trondheim’s NTNU (the Norwegian University of Science and Technology). The promotion of Norwegian music and of contemporary music is also a strong commitment. The ensemble never travels abroad without Norwegian music on its programme, and it has premiered about 50 works specially written for the orchestra.

The orchestra’s many years of collaboration with visual artist Håkon Gullvåg have been very successful. He has produced artwork for the covers of three of its records, and the orchestra has played at the openings of many of his exhibitions abroad – for example in China, the Middle East and across Europe.

 TrondheimSolistene has three main partners: NTNU, which, in addition to what has already been mentioned, uses the orchestra to help profile itself around the world; Sparebank1 SMN, whose collaboration began in 2013 and Koteng Eiendom AS from 2018.

Geir Inge Lotsberg began his professional career at a young age and has distinguished himself as one of Norway’s most active chamber musicians. He studied with Leif Jørgensen (1927-1988) in Oslo from the age of ten for eight years, Sandor Vègh in Salzburg, Camilla Wicks in Houston and Ana Chumachenco in Munich.

In 1991 he became one of the founding members of Oslo String Quartet. In addition to collaborations with other musicians including Håvard Gimse, Einar Steen-Nøkleberg, Vebjørn Anvik and Kåre Nordstoga, Lotsberg has performed as a soloist with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Norwegian National Opera Orchestra, the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and Camerata Academica  Salzburg.
He released a number of CD-recordings featuring works by J. S. Bach, Carl Nielsen and Edvard Grieg, and two recordings of contemporary music for solo violin. His latest album is the recording of Herman Vogt’s new Violin Concerto with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra.

Lotsberg is much in demand as a teacher and orchestra leader, working regularly since 2005 with TrondheimSolistene and as a professor at the Barratt Due Institute of Music in Oslo since 1994.
He holds the position as Artistic Director of the Trondheim Soloists from August 2017.
For many years, Geir Inge Lotsberg has played a Joseph Guarnerius filius Andrae dating from 1703, provided by Dextra Musica AS.

Ensemble Correspondances

Das 2009 in Lyon gegründete Ensemble Correspondances vereint unter der Leitung des Cembalisten und Organisten Sébastien Daucé eine Gruppe von Sängern und Instrumentalisten, die sich auf die Musik des Grand Siècle spezialisiert haben. In den wenigen Jahren seit der Gründung hat sich Correspondances zu einem der führenden Ensembles für das französische Repertoire des 17. Jahrhunderts entwickelt. Als Motto hat es Baudelaires Gedanken von der Verbindung zwischen den Künsten gewählt und spielt Musik, deren Klang auch das Publikum von heute berührt. Daneben bietet es Bühnenproduktionen eher seltener und ursprünglicher Formen wie des Oratoriums und des Ballet de Cour.

Das Ensemble verfolgt zwei Ziele: den Werken bereits bekannter Komponisten neues Leben einzuhauchen und Künstler wiederzuentdecken, die heute fast vergessen sind, zu ihrer Zeit aber gefeiert und häufig aufgeführt wurden. Das Ergebnis sind neun hochgelobte Einspielungen, die mit Preisen wie Choc von Classica, ffff von Télérama, Diapason d’Or und ECHO für die beste Werk-Ersteinspielung 2016, Editor’s Choice in Gramophone, Operneinspielung des Jahres 2016 in Limelight und dem Prix de l’Académie Charles Cros ausgezeichnet wurden. All diese Einspielungen zeugen von den grundlegenden Werten des Ensembles wie auch seinem Forschergeist: bei Marc-Antoine Charpentiers „O Maria!“ (2010), „Litanies de la Vierge“ (2013), „Pastorale de Noël“, „Antiennes O de l’Avent“ (Oktober 2016),„La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers“ (2017) wie auch in Werken von Antoine Boësset („L’Archange et le Lys“, 2011), Etienne Moulinié und seinen „Meslanges pour la Chapelle d’un Prince“ (2015), Henry du Mont auf „O Mysterium“ (2016) und Michel-Richard de Lalande in seinen „Leçons de Ténèbres“ mit Sophie Karthäuser (2015).

Perpetual Night, Lucile Richardots erste Solo-Aufnahme (2018), wurde von der nationalen und internationalen Presse gefeiert (Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, Choc of the Year Classica, Ffff de Télérama, Diapason d’Or of the Year, Diamond of Opera Magazine…).

Die herausragende Rekonstruktion der Partitur zum Le Ballet Royal de la Nuit, der drei Jahre Forschung vorausgingen, erlaubt es einem modernen Publikum, ein musikalisches Großereignis des 17. Jahrhunderts wiederzuentdecken: den beispiellosen Augenblick, der die Herrschaft des Sonnenkönigs einläutete. Nach dem Erfolg bei Kritik und Publikum des bei Harmonia Mundi erschienenen CD-Buchs („Le Concert Royal de la Nuit“, 2015) widmete sich das Ensemble 2017 erneut diesem außergewöhnlichen Schauspiel, als es das Werk im Théâtre de Caen, an der Opéra Royal de Versailles und der Opéra de Dijon in einer zeitgenössischen Inszenierung von Francesca Lattuada aufführte, die auch Elemente von Zirkus und Tanz umfasste. Diese inszenierte Version wurde vor kurzem veröffentlicht: ein außergewöhnliches Box-Set, das die gesamte Musik (27 zusätzliche Tänze) und die Aufnahme der Aufführung sammelt.

Correspondances hat seinen Sitz im Théâtre de Caen und ist Partnerensemble der Oper und Schlosskapelle von Versailles und, mit Unterstützung der Stadt Lyon, der Chapelle de la Trinité.

Hauptsponsoren sind die Caisse des Dépôts und die Mécénat Musical Société Générale. Das Ensemble wird auch von der Fondation Musica Solis gefördert, einer Gruppe von Musikliebhabern, die aktiv die Erforschung, Veröffentlichung und Aufführung von Werken des 17. Jahrhunderts unterstützt. Correspondances wird vom Ministère de la Culture (DRAC Rhône-Alpes), der Region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes und der Stadt Lyon gefördert und erhält bei Konzerten regelmäßige Unterstützung durch das Institut Français, Adami, Spedidam und FCM.

Aurora Orchestra

With its signature creative ethos, Aurora Orchestra combines world-class performance with adventurous programming and concert presentation. Founded in 2005 under Principal Conductor Nicholas Collon, Aurora has quickly become one of Europe’s leading chamber orchestras, garnering several major awards including two Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards, a German ECHO Klassik Award and a Classical:NEXT Innovation Award.

Collaborating widely across art forms and musical genres, the orchestra has worked with an exceptional breadth of artists, ranging from Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Sarah Connolly and Pierre-Laurent Aimard to Wayne McGregor, Edmund de Waal and Björk. A champion of new music, it has premiered works by composers including Julian Anderson, Benedict Mason, Anna Meredith, Nico Muhly, and Judith Weir.

By challenging expectations of what an orchestra can and should do on the concert platform, Aurora inspires audiences of all ages and backgrounds to develop a passion for orchestral music. In recent years, it has pioneered memorised performance (without the use of printed sheet music), and is thought to be the first orchestra in the modern age to perform whole symphonies in this way. Since 2016, Aurora has staged Orchestral Theatre productions which cross the boundaries of musical genres and art forms. These orchestral adventures rethink the concert format and offer bold new ways for audiences to experience orchestral music. Through an award-winning Creative Learning programme, Aurora regularly holds creative workshops and storytelling concerts for families, schools and young people, including children with special educational needs and disabilities.

Based in London, Aurora is Resident Orchestra at Kings Place and Associate Orchestra at Southbank Centre with residencies at St George’s Bristol, The Apex (Bury St Edmunds) and Colyer-Fergusson Hall (Canterbury). Recent and forthcoming international highlights include appearances at the Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Kölner Philharmonie, Victoria Concert Hall Singapore, Melbourne Festival and Shanghai Concert Hall. Aurora has released a number of critically-acclaimed albums, including Road Trip and Insomnia on Warner Classics.

Kammerakademie Potsdam

The debut at Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, successful tours throughout Europe, Asia and South America and the 2015 Classical prize in the “Ensemble/Orchestra of the Year” category are just a few highlights of the Kammerakademie Potsdam’s exciting development. A leading chamber orchestra in the state of Brandenburg and resident orchestra of Potsdam’s Nikolaisaal, Kammerakademie Potsdam impresses with the highest artistic quality, outstanding live performances and both contemporary and historically-informed interpretations. Musically versatile and with a vibrant style of music-making, the orchestra offers a more wide-ranged programme than ever in 2020/21.

Antonello Manacorda was appointed artistic director and principal conductor in the 2010/11 season; his predecessors include Sergio Azzolini, Andrea Marcon and Michael Sanderling.

For the 2020/21 season KAP will be bringing world renowned soloists to Potsdam. The orchestra is proud to present clarinetist, conductor and composer Jörg Widmann as artist in residence and looks forward to tours through the concert halls of Germany with violinist Christian Tetzlaff. Joining KAP for their debuts with the orchestra are Elisabeth Leonskaja, Cédric Tiberghien and Kian Soltani and the orchestra also welcomes returning solists Dagmar Manzel, Robin Johannsen, Andreas Ottensamer, Gábor Boldoczki, Kristian Bezuidenhout and Igor Levit. Internationally acclaimed guest conductors such as Michael Sanderling, Trevor Pinnock, Paul McCreesh and Adam Benzwi will be on the podium leading the orchestra. Following its recording of Mendelssohns “Lobgesang”, the orchestra will continue its collaboration with the NDR Choir under the baton of Klaas Stok.

The Potsdamer Winteroper, a coproduction of KAP and the Hans Otto Theater, will make its long awaited return to the Schlosstheater im Neuen Palais with Benjamin Britten’s chamber opera “The Rape of Lucretia” in 2020. Isabel Ostermann will direct and the orchestra will perform under the baton of British conductor Douglas Boyd. Soprano Kate Royal will join the star-studded cast as narrator.

The Kammerakademie Potsdam will continue to be a cultural ambassador for the city and the state of Brandenburg and will be making appearances at prestigious festivals and concert venues including the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Bozar Brüssel, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Philharmonie Köln, Philharmonie Berlin, Alte Oper Frankfurt and Heidelberger Frühling.

Musical and cultural education has always been a vital part of the Kammerakademie Potsdam’s work. A particularly special collaboration has been formed with the Drewitz Primary School, where the trio of orchestra, school and community centre, named “Music Creates Perspectives”, has created a unique and nationally recognised model of cultural outreach. It has been awarded the coveted “Kultur öffnet Welten” prize by the Minister for Culture and Media.

Korean Chamber Orchestra

The Korean Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1965 and has established itself to be the leading chamber orchestra in the country. It has given almost 1,000 concerts worldwide and acquired a growing international reputation by embarking on numerous international tours. KCO has released 17 CDs, encompassing a wide range of repertoire, which have established a new standard of excellence in the filed of classical music.

KCO appeared in major concerts of which highlights include the UNESCO Concert for Peace in Paris and ‘UN Staff Day Concert’ in New York where it was appointed an official UN Chamber Orchestra for Peace in 2000. In 2015, KCO is progressing successful World Tour project to commemorate their 50th anniversary.

KCO plays several main concert halls in Washington D.C., Salzburg, London, Paris, Berlin Moscow, Vienna, New York, Boston, Munich, Heidelberg, Milano, Warsaw, Tokyo, Singapore, Qingdao, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Cerritos, San Diego, Toronto, Kingston, New Port and etc,.

Also, KCO was invited to the Rheingau Musik Festival(2007), George Enescu Festival(2011), Finland Naantali Festival(2007, 2019), Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival(2006, 2015), Italy Ascoli Piceno Festival and Carl Orff Festival(2011), Macao International Festival(2014), China Beijing NCPA May Festival(2015), Estonia International Mozart Festival(2006), Luxembourg Echternach Festival(2007), Austria Chopin Festival(2016), Russia Krasnoyarsk Chamber Music Festival(2016), Germany 40th Eckelshausener Musiktage(2018).

Upcoming 2020, KCO was officially invited to the Mozart Festival Würzburg and Heidelberg Spring Festival.

The KCO, which celebrates its 55th anniversary in 2020, is planning a project to play the completed Mozart 46 symphonies.

Final Concert: Anja Harteros, Valery Gergiev & Münchner Philharmoniker

Harriet Krijgh & Amsterdam Sinfonietta

»Encore« Jörg Tröger talks to Harriet Krijgh (Ballsaal, Stadthalle)

We thank

Marina Heredia, Alexander Melnikov & Mahler Chamber Orchestra

We thank
Dr. Renate Keysser-Götze, Dr. Dietrich Götze,

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Freundeskreis Heidelberger Frühling

The Mahler Chamber Orchestra is Orchestra in Residence of Heidelberger Frühling