Antonello Manacorda & Maximilian Hornung
“La Danse macabre” op. 40
Konzert für Violoncello und Orchester Nr. 1 a-Moll op. 33
Konzert für Violoncello und Orchester Nr. 2 d-Moll op. 119
Symphony No. 5 in E-flat major, op. 82
Antonello Manacorda - Conductor
An Italian with a strong affinity for the German repertoire. A “natural melodist” (Der Tagesspiegel), who excels at transferring the intricacy of his stylistically informed interpretations to the big orchestral apparatus. More, a true artist merging sheer creative force with a highly collaborative performance style. Antonello Manacorda’s versatility as a conductor is rooted in the richness of his musical and cultural background: born into an French-Italian family in Turin, educated in Amsterdam and a longtime Berlin resident, Manacorda was a founding member and longstanding concert master of the Claudio Abbado – initiated Mahler Chamber Orchestra before studying under legendary Finnish conductor Jorma Panula. Today Antonello Manacorda is performing at both the world’s most renowned opera houses as well as at the helm of globally renowned symphony orchestras. At the heart of his work is the Kammerakademie Potsdam – an ensemble he has shaped as its Artistic Director since 2010 and produced a series of award-winning recordings with since.
In the 2020/21 season, Antonello Manacorda follows re-invitations to the Vienna State Opera (“The Abduction from the Seraglio”) and with a new production of Dmitri Tcherniakov’s “Der Freischütz” to the Bavarian State Opera, where he will also conduct productions of “Così fan tutte” and “The Magic Flute” in the 2020/21 season.
Highlights of his symphonic calendar in the 2020/21 season include guest appearances with the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the NDR Radiophilharmonie, the SWR Symphony Orchestra and the Boulez Ensemble. On tour with the Kammerakademie Potsdam and the soloist Christian Tetzlaff Antonello Manacorda will perform amongst others at the Alte Oper Frankfurt, the Kölner Philharmonie, the Philharmonie Berlin, the NDR Sendesaal and the Elbphilharmonie.
Last season Antonello Manacorda debuted with “Le nozze di Figaro” at the Metropolitan Opera New York. Guest appearances have taken him amongst others to the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra.
With the Kammerakademie Potsdam, Antonello Manacorda has recorded both a Mendelssohn cycle and a Schubert cycle for Sony, that have received highest praise by the press. The recording was awarded the 2015 ECHO Klassik in the category “Best Orchestra of the Year”. With the Het Gelders Orkest Antonello Manacorda has recorded for Challenge Records pieces by Ravel and Debussy as well as pieces by Berlioz and Mahler with the Swedish soprano Lisa Larsson.
Maximilian Hornung - Violoncello
In recent years Maximilian Hornung has established himself as one of the leading cellists of his generation. As a soloist, he performs with renowned orchestras such as the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, the Orchestre National de France, the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra under conductors such as Daniel Harding, Yannick Nézét-Séguin, Mariss Jansons, Esa-Pekka Salonen, David Zinman, Pablo Heras-Casado, Semyon Bychkov, Bernard Haitink, Manfred Honeck, Antonello Manacorda, John Storgårds , Michael Francis, Mario Venzago, Jonathan Nott, Andrew Manze, Krzysztof Urbański and Robin Ticciati.
His chamber music partners include Anne-Sophie Mutter, Antje Weithaas, Hélène Grimaud, Daniil Trifonov, Christian Tetzlaff, Lisa Batiashvili, François Leleux, Joshua Bell, Yefim Bronfman, Herbert Schuch, Lars Vogt, Hisako Kawamura, Jörg Widmann and Tabea Zimmermann. He has performed with the Arcanto Quartet and the Cuarteto Casals and has been invited to numerous festivals, including Salzburg, Schwetzingen, Schleswig-Holstein, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Rheingau, Lucerne, Verbier, Lockenhaus, Ravinia and Hong Kong. He is a regular guest on stages such as the Philharmonies in Berlin, Cologne and Essen, the Vienna Musikverein, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and London’s Wigmore Hall. He will perform with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin (RSB) for the first time in 2022.
Passion from the North
Perhaps Italians like Antonello Manacorda should conduct the proud music of the Northerner Sibelius more often. For Sibelius saw himself as a passionate admirer of the European South, for whom “Nordic melancholy embodied the longing for the South idealised from afar” (Tomi Mäkelä). Before the Finnish composer’s proud Symphony No. 5, music by Camille Saint-Saëns floods the concert hall. The well-travelled French Beethoven admirer composed two cello concertos, one more brilliant than the other, and perhaps for that very reason not epically rambling. So Maximilian Hornung can demonstrate his skills on both works at once. But Saint-Säens lays out the red carpet for himself (and for us), a catchy tune with an almost devilish grin: “La Danse macabre”.
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Moderated rehearsal – Antonello Manacorda
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