Gala from Berlin 2016
Before the champagne corks pop to celebrate the turn of the year 2016/2017, EuroArts Music captures Daniil Trifonov’s first-class virtuosic piano playing when he steps up to the podium at the New Year’s Eve concert of the Berliner Philharmoniker.
Since winning the Moscow Tchaikovsky Competition in 2011, the 25-year old musician Trifonov, has been rated not only one of the technically most formidable but also one of the musically most interesting pianists of the younger generation. At his debut with the Berlin Philharmonic, Trifonov will play a composition by Rachmaninov: the Third Piano Concerto, which many interpreters of the work consider the most difficult piano concerto of all times.
The second part of the New Year’s Eve program ends with some of the most dashing Slavonic Dances by Antonín Dvořák. Prior to that you can hear excerpts from William Walton’s Façade, which premiered in 1923 – a literary and musical hybrid whose impertinently defiant subtle wit, despite all nonsense, can hardly be better described than with the words “very British”. It goes without saying that the work could not be performed by anyone more ingeniously than by Simon Rattle.
Jaroussky, Bach & Telemann
Up until now, Philippe Jaroussky has not felt comfortable enough with his German to sing works by Bach and Telemann - now, however, after a lot of hard work, he dares to tackle the two giants in a new program.
Accompanied by Jaroussky, we travel to Leipzig and Magdeburg, two of the most important places of activity for both composers. In local archives, we come across old letters, bearing testimony to the close friendship between Bach and Telemann. We browse through original scores and meet with the directors for both archives, who surprise us with unknown stories about Bach and Telemann. Their vastness of their background information allows Jaroussky to delve deeper and deeper into the composers’ works.
We experience the results of these meticulous yet loving preparations at the tenor’s concerts with the Freiburger Barockorchester. His angelic voice opens our ears to this elucidating music from bygone times.
Ravel by Cherkaoui/Verbruggen
The French composer Maurice Ravel remains a source of inspiration for any choreographer.
Artistic director and star choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and rising talent Jeroen Verbruggen take their vision of Ravel’s music to the stage. Jeroen Verbruggen, who as a young student dancer at the Royal Ballet School won the Prix de Lausanne, has drawn his inspiration from Ravel‘s Pavane pour une Infante défunte and from Ma mère l‘oye.
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui also translates Ravel into dance, opting for Pictures at an Exhibition, which was originally composed by Modest Mussorgsky, but which was later orchestrated by Ravel to become the most widely performed orchestration of this work: It has thus become truly canonical.
It is a program full of surprises with which the Royal Ballet Flanders / Ballet Vlaanderen might just write a page of dance history.
Baden-Baden: Boito: Mefistofele
Live recording of the first performance of the new production at the Whitsun Festival Baden-Baden 2016
Playing Mefistofele as a mixture of Latin lover, prankster and demon in Gounod’s Faust opera, Erwin Schrott has already given Festspielhaus audiences a taste of his greatness. Arrigo Boito’s “Mefistofele” as it was performed at the Whitsun Festival Baden-Baden 2016 is a real feast.
The composer and librettist combines influences of Verdi and Wagner in his musical work: rousing choirs, intricate melodies accompanied by music that is almost cinematic in intent – an intoxicating mix that audiences around the globe find unforgettable. A new discovery that is also a reunion with old friends.
Young Euro Classic
A new format for new talents
Young Euro Classic is the world’s most important platform for international young orchestra musicians in the European classical music tradition and for its development. For 17 days every summer, orchestras from all over the world perform at Berlin’s Konzerthaus on Gendarmenmarkt. The festival stands for youth culture and is already called the “Bayreuth of the younger generation” (Berliner Morgenpost).
EuroArts Music will provide video streams (at least 7 concerts) of this outstanding festival for online platforms. To avoid disturbance on stage, nearly invisible remote equipment will be used. Small cameras on tracks (also remote controlled), will create new images in perfect tune sith the new stars. Besides the streaming we offer backstage information and interviews with young talents and old stagers. We will join the artists on their way through the classical music and the capital of Germany.
Hommage to Yehudi Menuhin
Daniel Hope at the Konzerthaus Berlin
On 22 April 2016, Yehudi Menuhin would have celebrated his 100st birthday. One of his most famous students - and one of his best friends - is violinist Daniel Hope. Together with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin under the baton of Iván Fischer, and on this exact day, he payed tribute to Menuhin - a very personal, very intimate concert in honour of a great artist.
Anoushka Shankar in concert
Anoushka Shankar‘s father Ravi was a close personal friend of Yehudi Menuhin.
At the 2016 Menuhin hommage at the Konzerthaus Berlin, Anoushka honoured this friendship with an evening of Indian music and traditional raggas. The famous sitar player successfully combines traditional Indian sounds with more popular music - thus reaching audiences of all ages with the spiritual music of her ancestors.
For this concert, she has invited star violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja as a special guest - a force of nature on her instrument, and deeply rooted in her music. A performance of two such extraordinary women turned out just as advertised: a memorable event indeed!
They seem to enjoy performing together: Canadian conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin and violinist Lisa Batiashvili.
Why else would they re-unite for the 2016 Concert in the Waldbühne, so shortly after finishing a concert tour together?
After all, it's only been a couple of months since they performed together in Dresden, Berlin, Dortmund and Vienna. The concerts received rave reviews from the press, with Austrian newspaper Der Standard taking a bow and stating that, impossibly, everything about their interpretation of Tchaikovsky's 5th Symphony seemed to be just perfect, and that Batiashvili even managed to top of the orchestra's zest with the Shostakovich Violin Concerto, all the while showcasing her complete musical mastery.
So does it come as a surprise that the Berliner Philharmoniker invited those two to join them for their highly beloved
Concert from the Waldbühne in June 2016?
Our production team - that much we can reveal - was through the roof when they learned that they would get to work with such amazing artists, and they are already busy making all the necessary arrangements to ensure that people all over the world can experience this fantastic concert.
A live broadcast and recording from Røros in Norway, with the Berliner Philharmoniker under Sir Simon Rattle, and violin soloist Vilde Frang.
They are the world's best orchestra. He is one of the most accomplished and admired conductors of his time. She is among the most promising and talented young violinist of her age: The Berliner Philharmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle and Vilde Frang.
So there is every reason to be certain that the Europakonzert from Røros, Norway on 01 May 2016 will be an exceptional musical experience. Together, the artists will showcase a repertoire featuring works by Beethoven, Mendelssohn and - of course - Grieg.
Our production department has travelled to Norway several times over the past few months - scouting locations, meeting our Scandinavian colleagues - and also simply enjoying the stunning landscape and the beautiful town of Røros.