Symphonic Opening „Es sungen drei Engel“
Vladimir Jurowski, Tamara Stefanovich & Georg Nigl
Two heavyweights of 20th century music discuss thorny questions of religious philosophy. And find musical answers that differ as much as one can imagine
Igor Stravinsky Symphonies d’instruments à vent
(Fassung von 1920)
Igor Stravinsky “Abraham und Isaac” – Geistliche Ballade für Bariton und Orchester
Igor Stravinsky Konzert für Klavier und Blasinstrumente
Igor Stravinsky Variationen für Orchester (Aldous Huxley in memoriam)
Paul Hindemith Sinfonie “Mathis der Maler”
Vladimir Jurowski - Conductor
Tamara Stefanovich - Piano
Georg Nigl - Baritone
Ralf Sochaczewsky - Assistent des Chefdirigenten
Here you will find important information for your concert visit (in German).
„Es sungen drei Engel“
Yet again, the great Stravinsky through the hands of Vladimir Jurowski in four significant manifestations. Take Abraham and Isaac, a Hebrew-language sacred cantata. The 82-year-old Stravinsky was celebrated on this very stage of the Berliner Philharmonie in 1964 at the work’s European premiere. The audience – among them the President of Germany and the Mayor of Berlin – listened as if awestruck to the ascetically strict twelve-tone composition. One can hear the emotional impact the powerful Old Testament verses had on Stravinsky, where Abraham’s faith is put to the ultimate test by God. Isaac, son of Abraham, is saved through the divine intervention of an angel. Will Stravinsky’s music bring relief at its conclusion?
Paul Hindemith’s symphony about the painter Matthias Grünewald buzzes with at times overwhelming temptations an artist, exposed to harsh societal circumstances, is faced with. The musically riveting symphony, not least because of its autobiographical dimension, ultimately triumphs over these challenges – a brave message from Hindemith in 1934 in the old Berliner Philharmonie.
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. In 2020, a critically acclaimed recording of Gustav Mahler’s “Das Lied von der Erde” was released.
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.
Tamara Stefanovich - Piano
Tamara Stefanovich is captivating audiences worldwide with her highly elaborated recital programmes, as chamber musician or soloist with the world’s leading orchestras. Being passionate about a braod repertoire from Bach to the contemporary, she has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony and Philharmonic Orchestras, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Bamberger Symphoniker and Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen amongst others. Stefanovich performs at the world’s major concert venues including Suntory Hall Tokyo and London’s Royal Albert and Wigmore Halls. She features in international festivals such as La Roque d’Antheron, Salzburger Festspiele and Beethovenfest Bonn. In the current season Stefanovich will perform at Musikfest Berlin, Muziekgebouw Amsterdam and in duo recital at Musikfest Herrenhausen.
Following a celebrated debut with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under Kirill Petrenko and a return to the Philharmonia Orchestra under Karl-Heinz Steffens last year, highlights of the 2020/21 season include concerts with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and Markus Stenz at NTR Zaterdag Matinee and Philharmonie Essen, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Iceland Philharmonic Orchestra, Radio Filharmonisch Orkest and Tamara Stefanovich’s debut with Oregon Symphony Orchestra.
Recent engagements have included performances with Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, MDR Sinfonieorchester Leipzig, WDR Sinfoniesorchester Köln, Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo. Stefanovich also undertook an extensive US recital tour marking the 90th birthday of Pierre Boulez garnering exultant reviews.
Fruitful collaboration connects Tamara Stefanovich with composers including Pierre Boulez, George Benjamin, Hans Abrahamsen and György Kurtág. She works with chamber music partners Such as Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Matthias Goerne and regularly partners with conductors such as Esa-Pekka Salonen, Vladimir Jurowski and Susanna Mälkki.
Her award-winning discography includes a recording of Kurtág’s “Quasi una Fantasia” and his double concerto with Asko|Schönberg Ensemble and Reinbert de Leeuw/Jean-Guihen Queyras for ECM. She received the Edison Award and her recording of Bartók’s Concerto for two pianos, percussion and orchestra with Pierre-Laurent Aimard and the London Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Pierre Boulez (Deutsche Grammophon) was nominated for a Grammy Award. Following her first solo recording with works by Bach and Bartók Tamara is dedicating her second album “Influences” to works of Ives, Bartók, Messiaen and Bach. Since its release on Pentatone in March 2019 “Influences” has received five star reviews and been praised by critics.
Tamara regularly leads educational projects at London’s Barbican Centre, Kölner Philharmonie and at Klavier-Festival Ruhr such as the innovative online project of interactive pedagogical analyses Boulez’ Notations: www.explorethescore.org. She was co-founder and curator of Portland International Piano’s Festival “The Clearing”. A convinced European she studied in Belgrade, at Curtis Institute and at Colognes Musikhochschule.
Georg Nigl - Baritone
Georg Nigl is one of the most celebrated baritones worldwide.
He has performed at all the important opera houses as well as at the most renowned festivals.
He has collaborated with conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Teodor Currentzis, Valery Gergiev, Daniel Harding, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, René Jacobs, Kent Nagano and Kirill Petrenko and with directors such as Andrea Breth, Romeo Castellucci, Frank Castorf, Hans Neuenfels, Johan Simons, Dmitri Tcherniakov, and Sasha Waltz.
Georg Nigl has won special recognition not only by performing numerous world premieres, but also by serving as an inspiration for or taking part in initiating the creation of compositions and publications by artists such as Friedrich Cerha, Pascal Dusapin, Georg Friedrich Haas, Wolfgang Mitterer, Olga Neuwirth and Wolfgang Rihm.
Georg Nigl’s chamber music repertoire covers a broad spectrum from baroque to Viennese
classicism to contemporary music. His newest recording “Bach privat” has been awarded a Diapason d’or in November 2017.
Highlights of the last seasons included Papageno and the title role in the world premiere of Dusapin’s „Macbeth Underworld“ at the Théatre de la Monnaie in Brussels, the title part in Monteverdi’s „Orfeo“ and the world premire of Beat Furrer’s „Violetter Schnee“ at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin, the title role in Trojahn’s „Orest“ at the Wiener Staatsoper as well as the titele role in Mozart’s „Le Nozze di Figaro“ at the Hamburgische Staatsoper, a tremendous success with Lenz in „Cosi fan tutte“ at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, and his acclaimed interpretation of Pilate in St. John Passion under Sir Simon Rattle in the legendary staging of Peter Sellars with the Berlin Philharmonic and on tour with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
His 2020/2021 season begins with „Molto agitato“ (Nagano / Castorf) at the season opening of the Hamburg State Opera followed by, Eisenstein in „Die Fledermaus“ at the Wiener Staatsoper, Dusapin’s „Penthesilea“ with the Orchestre de Paris as well as concerts at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Elbphilharmonie, as well as in Paris, Munich, Vienna and Cologne. His season will end with a new production of Reimann’s „Lear“ at the Bayerischen Staatsoper in Munich.
For his interpretation of Wolfgang Rihm’s Lenz Georg Nigl has been awarded the „Singer of the Year 2015“ award by the magazine Opernwelt.
Assistent des Chefdirigenten
Ralf Sochaczewsky - Assistent des Chefdirigenten
Ralf Sochaczewsky received conducting lessons under Christian Grube and Marc Piollet at the Berlin University of the Arts. Later he studied choir conducting under Jörg-Peter Weigle and orchestral conducting under Prof. Reuter at the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler”.
He directs the Berlin choir Cantus Domus, with which he won a 1st prize at the Berlin Choir Competition in 2017 and a 3rd prize at the 8th Choir Competition of the Deutscher Musikrat in Dortmund . From 1998 to 2012, he conducted the Ensemberlino Vocale choir and successfully participated in choir competitions (1st prize at Chorfest Bremen (Bremen Choir Festival) 2008).
He regularly works with choirs like the Berlin Vocalconsort, the Cappella Amsterdam, the RIAS Kammerchor, and the Berliner Rundfunkchor.
In 2016, he conducted the European premiere of the oratorio “Anthracite Fields” by Julia Wolfe, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 2015, with the DR Vocalensemble and Bang on a Can-All Stars.
Ralf Sochaczewsky has performed with orchestras such as the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the National Radio Orchestra Bucharest, and the Chamber Orchestra of the Minsk Philharmonic. He conducted operas at the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow, the Komische Oper Berlin, the Opera National du Rhin, and the Lithuanian National Opera.
Ralf Sochaczewsky collaborated with various pop groups and artists such as Stargaze and André de Ridder, Bon Iver, Damien Rice, Lisa Hannigan, and Tocotronic. With Cantus Domus, he is a regular guest at festivals such as HaldernPop and KalternPop.
He teaches choral conducting at the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler”. For his great service to the Berlin choir scene, the Chorverband Berlin awarded him the Geschwister Mendelssohn Medal in 2017.
Sat 4 September 2021 - 7 pm Philharmonie Berlin