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For the upcoming Beethoven anniversary the Chorakademie Dortmund commissioned young composers to form two anthologies: Michaela Catranis, Eres Holz, Christian Kesten, Seyko Itoh, Brigitta Muntendorf and Sören Eichberg contributed compositions for choir and small ensembles published as enChor while the Chorbuch comprises 16 a-capella pieces by Stefan Beyer, Helena Canovas i Pares, Matias F. Cassano, Irene Galindo Quero, Jens Heuler, Elias Jurgschat, Nicolas Kuhn, Julian Lembke, Martin Letelier, Dariya Maminova, Denis Olejak, Doo-Jin Park, Zaneta Rydzewska, Damian Scholl, Samuel Walther and Justus Wilcken.

(copy-editing and engraving by NGB)


We will have a short break from the 5th until the 18th of August!

Köln-Trilogie – Teil 3: Lab.Oratorium

Kölner Philharmonie
Photo by F.412, CC BY-SA 2.5

To complete his triptych started with “in situ” (FP 2013, Donaueschingen) and “Ring” (FP 2016, Cologne) Philippe Manoury composed the large-scale spatial finale called „Lab.Oratorium“. The Gürzenich-Orchestra, the SWR Vokalensemble and soloists under François-Xavier Roth will premiere the 90-minute work in Cologne on May 19th.

(complete performance materials by NGB)

Les Bienveillantes – The Kindly Ones, Opera by Hèctor Parra

(c) opera vlaanderen

© opera vlaanderen

Highly acclaimed when first published in France 2006 Jonathan Littell’s monumental novel was more controversially discussed when later published in Germany. In an historic setting the reader follows the fictional protagonist Max Aue—a high-rank SS officer—through his cruel adventures during the holocaust. Händl Klaus prepared the libretto from the German translation for Hèctor Parra’s full-length opera staged by Calixto Bieito. Peter Rundel is conducting. The premiere is on the 24th of April at Opera Vlaanderen in Antwerp.
Hèctor talks about the project in a short video.

(full performance materials by NGB)

Cologne: New Music in May

Domfenster, Gerhard Richter

The 9th edition of the Acht Brücken-Festival will feature –amoungst many other works– two First Performances by Sergej Newski and Rebecca Saunders. The SWR Symphonie Orchester under Teodor Currentzis will premiere Sergej’s “18 Episodes for Orchestra” and Klangforum Wien under Julien Leroy Rebecca’s new work for ensemble “Scar”.
During the festival you will also have a chance to listen again to Enno Poppe’s monumental composition “Rundfunk” for 9 Synthesizers, recently premiered at Musiktage Donaueschingen.
Also in Cologne on the 19th, 20th, and 21st of May Philippe Manoury’s “Lab.Oratorium” will be premiered by the Gürzenich-Orchester under François-Xavier Roth.

(all performance materials of the mentioned works by NGB)