On September 11, 2016 the Gürzenich-Orchester celebrates its season 16/17. The gala concert at the opening of the season links the history of the orchestra to the present. In 1904 Gutsav Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 has been launched by the Gürzenich-Orchester. Likewise, Béla Bartóks Violin Concerto No. 2 has been performed for the first time in Germany by the Gürzenich-Orchester.
The Gürzenich-Orchester and the Oper Köln begin the new season with a guest performance at the »Festival Berlioz« in La Côte-Saint-André. Each year the festivals takes place in honor of Hector Berlioz and is initiated by the city of his birth. On August 28 the Gürzenich-Orchester and the Oper Köln will participate in a concertante performance of »Benvenuto Cellini«.
The Gürzenich-Orchester receives this year’s Gramophone-Award. The recording of Arnold Schönberg’s »Gurre-Lieder« under the conduction of Markus Stenz has been awarded in the category »Choral«. Many thanks to the participating ensembles: the Netherlands Youth Choir, the choir of the Bach-Verein Köln, the Kartäuserkantorei Köln and the three choirs of the Cologne Cathedral.
Since 1986 the Gürzenich-Orchester resides at the Kölner Philharmonie. On September 14, the Gürzenich-Orchester and the WDR-Sinfonieorchester would like to celebrate the 30th birthday of an outstanding concert hall. Vito Žuraj‘s »I-formation«, a composition for two orchestras and two conductors will have its premier.
The tradition of joint concerts of the Dommusik and the Gürzenich-Orchester will be continued. This year, Eberhard Metternich, the musical director of Cologne’s Cathedral, chose one of the most prominent pieces of musical literature: »Missa solemnis« by Ludwig van Beethoven.
29. Sep 16, 8 pm
Cologne Cathedral, free admission
The first symphony concert of this season introduces another anniversary: for 30 years Dmitrij Kitajenko works alongside the Gürzenich-Orchester, moreover he became a conductor of honor in 2009. Symphony concert01 presents works about heros and ideals by Prokofiev, Shostakovich and Khachaturian. In addition Yeol Eum Son and Simon de Klein enter into a dialogue with their instruments.
In chamber concert01 youth is confronted with the age of time. With his wind sextet »Mládí« Leoš Janáček fulfills the expectation of being an »ageless old man« once more. »Mládí« is a piece which Janáček composed for his 70th birthday and has been inspired by the adventures of his youth. On the other hand, young Benjamin Britten won an award for his »Phantasy–Quartet« in 1932, which combines the english Fantasy-tradition and romanticism.
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