Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla & City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

We thank
Klaus Tschira Stiftung gGmbH

Monteverdi »Marienvesper«

Wir thank Marienhaus-Stiftung Heidelberg

Jörg Widmann & City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Innocence in Danger e.V. is global movement against sexual abuse of children. The Heidelberger Frühling supports the association on its matters and organizes this concert in cooperation with Innocence in Danger.

Anna Prohaska & Il Giardino Armonico: Serpent & Fire

»Encore« Jörg Tröger talks to Anna Prohaska (Stadthalle Ballsaal)

We thank
Freundeskreis Heidelberger Frühling

150 years »A German Requiem«

Vor genau 150 Jahren wurde Brahms’ Deutsches Requiem im Dom zu Bremen uraufgeführt. Aus diesem Anlass rekonstruiert Heiliggeistkantor Christoph Andreas Schäfer das Programm des Uraufführungskonzertes 1868. Das Werk wurde damals nicht wie heute üblich en suite gegeben, sondern mit Stücken anderer Komponisten durchsetzt. Sätze aus Bachs Matthäuspassion, aus Händels Messias und barocke Instrumentalmusik wurden eingeschoben. Schumanns Lied »Mondnacht« bildete damals den Abschluss des einstündigen Zwischenteiles.

Veranstalter ist das Kantorat der Heiliggeistkirche Heidelberg. Tickets: unter www.reservix.com, Telefon 01805 700 733 (0,14 €/min. aus dem dt. Festnetz, aus dem Mobilfunknetz max. 0,42 €/min.) sowie an allen bekannten Vorverkaufsstellen, sowie per E-Mail beim Veranstalter: bestellung@kantorat-heiliggeist.de (nicht direkt über den Festival-Kartenservice)



Elisabeth Leonskaja & Irish Chamber Orchestra

»Encore« Jörg Tröger talks to Jörg Widmann (Stadthalle Ballsaal)

The Irish Chamber Orchestra is kindly supported by

Sir András Schiff & Cappella Andrea Barca

ensemble aisthesis

A sensory understanding of new sound worlds. The ensemble aisthesis focuses on contemporary music from the 20th/21st centuries. Its Greek-inspired name reflects the bid for all-encompassing perception. Under the artistic direction of founder Nußbaum, the instrumentalists (up to 20 in number) have steadily built up an extensive repertoire ranging from modern classics like Schoenberg, Webern, Boulez, Stockhausen, and Lachenmann to forward-looking Romantic works by Wagner or Mahler. Commissions invariably take shape in close conjunction with the composers. In its annual Christmas concerts, the aisthesis consort dedicates its efforts to authentic, historically informed performances of ancient music. Close collaboration with the SCHOLA HEIDELBERG has resulted in concert formats 3 like Prinzhorn or Heimathen and the CD Nuits – weiß wie Lilien (“Nights – White as Lilies”). The ensemble aisthesis performs regularly in Heidelberg and has been invited to festivals like musica viva Munich, the Zurich Festival, the Romanische Nacht in Cologne, the Tongyeong International Music Festival in South Korea, the Kasseler Musiktage or the Basel Music Forum. One much-noted recording by the ensemble is LEIBOWITZ- COMPOSITEUR, issued to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the composer’s birth. It contains a representative cross-section of René Leibowitz’ works, impressively documenting his impact on the musical world.KlangForum Heidelberg is where two very distinctive formations pool their interpretive élan and their astounding virtuosity: the voices of the SCHOLA HEIDELBERG and the instrumentalists of the ensemble aisthesis.

Junge Deutsche Philharmonie

The Junge Deutsche Philharmonie brings together excellent young musicians aged 18 to 28 from German-language music academies and forms them into a musically demanding ensemble. In addition to the symphonic repertoire there are focuses on contemporary and on early music. The Junge Deutsche Philharmonie works regularly with internationally renowned artists. Since 2014, Jonathan Nott has been its Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor; the appointment was made immediately after their first collaboration, a Mahler project in the spring of 2013. He follows Lothar Zagrosek who moulded the orchestra as Principal Guest Conductor and Artistic Advisor from 1995 to 2014. Other recent guest conductors have included David Afkham, George Benjamin, Ivor Bolton, Sylvain Cambreling, Dennis Russell Davies, Susanna Mälkki, Bruno Mantovani, Sir Neville Marriner, Sir Roger Norrington and Andrés Orozco-Estrada. The players’ artistic skills have been enhanced by soloists such as Sol Gabetta, Martin Helmchen, Sergey Khachatryan, Christiane Oelze, Julian Steckel, Antoine Tamestit, Christian Tetzlaff and Jörg Widmann, and by working with composers including Beat Furrer, Heiner Goebbels, Enno Poppe, Wolfgang Rihm, José María Sánchez-Verdú, Jörg Widmann and Hans Zender. Each year the Berlin Philharmonic invites the orchestra to the Philharmonie in Berlin, where its concerts are broadcast live via the Berlin Philharmonic’s Digital Concert Hall. From the 2015-2016 season on, the Bamberg Symphony acts as mentor to the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, with leading Orchestra members coaching their young colleagues in a yearly rehearsal workshop, followed by concerts in Bamberg.

Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra

The Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (FRSO) is the orchestra of the Finnish Broadcasting Company (Yle). Its mission is to produce and promote Finnish musical culture and its Chief Conductor as of autumn 2013 has been Hannu Lintu. His predecessors as Chief Conductor were Toivo Haapanen, Nils-Eric Fougstedt, Paavo Berglund, Okko Kamu, Leif Segerstam, Jukka-Pekka Saraste and Sakari Oramo. The FRSO celebrates its 90th anniversary in the 2017/2018 season.

In addition to the great Classical-Romantic masterpieces, the latest contemporary music is a major item in the repertoire of the FRSO, which each year premieres a number of Yle commissions. During the 2017/2018 season, the FRSO will premiere six Finnish works. The programme will also include concert performances of three operas, the FRSO’s first festival of its own and major 20th-century violin concertos.

The FRSO has recorded works by Mahler, Ligeti, Sibelius, Hakola, Lindberg, Saariaho, Sallinen, Kaipainen, Kokkonen and others, and the debut disc of the opera Aslak Hetta by Armas Launis. Its discs have reaped some prestigious distinctions, such as the BBC Music Magazine Award, the Académie Charles Cros Award and a MIDEM Classical Award. Its disc of Sibelius’s Lemminkäinen and Pohjola’s Daughter was Gramophone magazine’s Critic’s Choice in December 2015 and brought the FRSO and Hannu Lintu a Finnish Emma award in the Classical Album category. Music by Sibelius, Prokofiev, Lindberg, Bartók and others will be recorded during the 2017/2018 season.