From Heaven above to Earth I come – The RSB Christmas Concert
Vladimir Jurowski and Staats- und Domchor Berlin
Five Christmas works to get into the Christmas spirit
Johann Sebastian Bach Magnificat D-Dur BWV 243 für Soli, Chor und Orchester
(mit vier weihnachtlichen Einlagesätzen)
Igor Stravinsky “Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her” – Choral-Variationen für Orchester nach Johann Sebastian Bachs BWV 769
Ralph Vaughan Williams “On Christmas Night” – A masque loosely based on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol für Mezzosopran, Bariton, Chor und Orchester
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy “Vom Himmel hoch” – Weihnachtskantate für Sopran, Bariton, gemischten Chor und Orchester
Otto Nicolai Weihnachts-Ouvertüre für Chor und Orchester über den Choral “Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her”
Vladimir Jurowski - Conductor
Sophie Klußmann - Sopran
Alice Lackner - Sopran
Daniel Taylor - Altus
Stefan Gähler - Tenor
Christian Oldenburg - Bariton
Tobias O. Hagge - Basso
Kai-Uwe Jirka - Choirmaster
Staats- und Domchor Berlin
Mitglieder der Singakademie zu Berlin
Igor Stravinsky at the RSB
A total of eight concerts in the RSB season 2020/2021, five of which are in the consecutive cycle in the spring of 2021, are dedicated to the music of the Russian cosmopolitan Igor Stravinsky.
Here you will find more information about the consecutive cycle.
Vladimir Jurowski - Conductor
Vladimir Jurowski has been chief conductor and artistic director of the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin since autumn 2017. The conductor, pianist and musicologist Vladimir Jurowski takes on all challenges whether they be stylistic, technical or music-historical.
After receiving training at the Moscow Conservatory Vladimir Jurowski emigrated to Germany in 1990. Here he continued his studies at the music conservatories in Dresden and Berlin – conducting with Rolf Reuter; correpetition and song accompaniment with Semion Skigin. In 1995 he made his international debut at the British Wexford Festival with Rimski-Korsakov’s Mainacht and in the same year at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden with Nabucco. Subsequently he was, among other things, First Kapellmeister of the Komische Oper Berlin (1997- 2001) and Music Director of the Glyndebourne Festival Opera (2001-2013). In 2003 Vladimir Jurowski was appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra and has been its Principal Conductor since 2007 and will stay on until summer 2021. He is also Artistic Director of the State Academic Symphony Orchestra Yevgeny Svetlanov of the Russian Federation until summer 2021, Artistic Director of the International George Enescu Festival in Bucharest and Principal Artist of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in Great Britain. He works regularly with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the ensemble unitedberlin. With the start of the 2021/2022 season, Vladimir Jurowski will take on one of the most prestigious roles in German musical life in addition to his engagement with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, by becoming General Music Director of the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, a position for which he signed a contract in 2018.
Vladimir Jurowski is in high demand around the world as a guest conductor. He has conducted the major orchestras of Europe and North America, including the Berlin, Vienna and New York Philharmonic Orchestras, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, the Boston and Chicago Symphony Orchestras, the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, the Staatskapelle Dresden and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. As a guest conductor, Vladimir Jurowski conducted Prokofiev’s Semyon Kotko with the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest of the Netherlands in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, made his debut at the Salzburg Easter Festival with the Staatskapelle Dresden, debuted with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, performed with the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra at the Lucerne Festival and conducted a unique project with the London Sinfonietta in Moscow to mark the UK-Russian Year of Culture. Together with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin he performed in Japan in spring 2019 and at the George Enescu Festival in Bucharest in autumn 2019.
The first joint CD by Vladimir Jurowski and the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin from 2015 immediately marked a milestone. Alfred Schnittke’s Symphony No. 3 was followed in 2017 by a Strauss/Mahler recording and a CD of violin concertos by Britten and Hindemith with soloist Arabella Steinbacher. Further studio recordings and RSB concert recordings on CD will follow in 2020/2021.
Vladimir Jurowski has been the recipient of numerous awards for his achievements, including various international record prizes. In 2018, the Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards named him Conductor of the Year. In 2016, he was bestowed an honorary doctorate from Prince Charles at the Royal College of Music in London. In 2020, Jurowski will be awarded the Order of Cultural Merit by the Romanian President in recognition of his work as Artistic Director of the George Enescu Festival.
Alice Lackner - Sopran
The young mezzosoprano Alice Lackner is internationally acclaimed as an opera, concert and song performer.
Alice Lackner studied with Prof. Kunz-Eisenlohr at the Musikhochschule Köln/Aachen until 2015 and worked with teachers such as Brigitte Fassbaender, Gerd Uecker, Robert Holl and Ulrich Eisenlohr. She received a scholarship from the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes and won prizes at the “Podium junger Gesangssolisten” competition in Essen (2015), the “cantatebach!” competition in Greifswald (2017) as well as the Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg (2019).
Alice Lackner worked as a soloist with orchestras such as the Rundfunksinfonieorchester Berlin, the Russian National Orchestra Kaliningrad, the Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt (Oder), or the L’Orfeo Barockorchester. In June 2019, she gave her debut in the Berlin Philharmonie with Lili Boulanger’s “Psalm 130: Du fond de l’abîme”. In September 2019, she performed the “Stimme der Ungeborenen” in Richard Strauss’ “Die Frau ohne Schatten” at the Musikfest Berlin and the George-Enescu-Festival Bukarest, together with the Rundfunksinfonieorchester, the Rundfunkchor Berlin and Vladimir Jurowski.
Her core repertoire on the concert stage includes J.S. Bach’s cantatas and oratorios, Mozart’s Requiem and Mass in c-minor, Mendelssohn’s Eliah as well as Händel’s Messiah. Recent performances have also included lesser known concert repertoire such as Requiems by Duruflé or Suppè, the Membra Jesu Nostri (Buxtehude) or the Sieg des Glaubens (Ries).
As an opera singer, Alice Lackner recently performed the role of Nancy (Martha/Flotow) as a laureate of the Rheinsberg Kammeroper Festival. Furthermore, while still in her studies, she performed various soloist parts at the Theater Aachen, in operas such as Rusalka (Dvořak), Les Brigands (Offenbach) and Jenufa (Janaček).
Alice Lackner works on a regular basis with the pianist Imke Lichtwark in Berlin. Next to their standard repertoire of German romantic songs, they set their focus on foreign-language repertoire (such as Slavic or French) as well as contemporary music.
Futhermore, she recently founded the Berlin-based trio meZZZovoce, with which she explores repertoire for three mezzosoprano-voices from the renaissance up to contemporary music.
Alice Lackner holds a Master’s degree in sociology and is working as a research assistant at the ZOiS (Centre for East European and International Studies) Berlin .
Kai-Uwe Jirka - Choirmaster
Kai-Uwe Jirka is a professor of choral conducting and the director of the “Staats- und Domchor” at the “Universität der Künste Berlin”. Since 2006, he has also served as artistic director of the Sing-Akademie zu Berlin.
He prepared choirs for productions under the artistic direction of Kent Nagano, Claudio Abbado and Sir Simon Rattle. In cooperation with the lautten compagney he has led the premieres of many lesser-known 18th century works from the archive of the Sing-Akademie.
Another focus of his work lies in the field of contemporary music. In recent years, he has conducted premieres of works by composers like Luke Bedford, Jörg Birkenkötter and Katia Tchemberdji.
Staats- und Domchor Berlin
Staats- und Domchor Berlin
The Staats- und Domchor Berlin is one of Europe‘s most renowned boys‘ choirs and Berlin‘s oldest musical institution. As early as 1465, Elector Frederick II of Brandenburg recruited five “Singeknaben” to provide music in the “Dhumkerke”. Around a century later, the establishment of a court orchestra, also under the direction of Johannes Eccard, led to one of the first golden ages of choral singing.
The ensemble first achieved international acclaim in the 19th century under the direction of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Otto Nicolai and August Neithardt.
With the end of the monarchy after World War I, the “Königlicher Hof- und Domchor” lost its political and financial foundation. In 1923, it was named “Staats- und Domchor Berlin” and was situated with the “Staatliche Hochschule für Musik”, today “Universität der Künste”. Since 1990 – after the fall of the Berlin Wall – the choir has once again been performing in the “Berliner Dom”. Concert tours have led them to many countries in Europe, to the USA, Japan, Russia and Israel.
In addition to its numerous awards, e.g. in the “Deutscher Chorwettbewerb” (German Choir Competition), the choir was honoured in 2002 with the European Jugend-chorkulturpreis (Cultural Prize for Youth Choirs) and nominated for a Grammy Award in 2006. Ensemble members enrich Berlin‘s musical life through performances in opera productions and appearances in concerts at the Berliner Philharmonie.
Wed 23 December 2020 - 7 pm Philharmonie Berlin
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Buses M84, M85, N2 to Kulturforum or Varian-Fry-Str. or Potsdamer Platz + 4 minutes walk, 200 to Philharmonie
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under Starry Skies Vladimir Jurowski and Rundfunkchor Berlin to the concert