Debussy | Wagner | Bartók

For his debut as First guest conductor of the Gürzenich-Orchester, Nicholas Collon brought a special programme to Cologne: Debussy's early stroke of genius »Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune« opens the concert, which also honors the viola in compositions by Esa-Pekka Salonen, Béla Bartók and John Cage. Virtuoso Nils Mönkemeyer invites the listener to a fascinating journey through the viola literature and gives exclusive insights in the backstage interview after the concert. With »Prelude« and »Isoldes Liebestod«, Nicholas Collon and the Gürzenich-Orchester Köln present excerpts from Wagner's opera »Tristan und Isolde«.

The performances of György Ligeti's „Atmosphères« and excerpts from „Daphnis et Chloé« by Maurice Ravel will be available soon. 

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»Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune«

Claude Debussy »Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune« (1891-94)

Gürzenich-Orchester Köln
Nicholas Collon Conductor

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Mönkemeyer spielt Salonen und Bartók

Esa-Pekka Salonen »Pentatonic Étude« for viola solo (2008/14) German premiere
Béla Bartók
Concerto for viola und orchestra (1945) from 08:00
Backstage-Interview
with Nils Mönkemeyer from 33:50

Nils Mönkemeyer Viola
Bratschen-Gruppe Gürzenich-Orchester Köln

Nicholas Collon Conductor

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»Dream«

John Cage »Dream« for viola solo and viola ensemble (1948/74)

Nils Mönkemeyer Viola
Gürzenich-Orchester Köln

Nicholas Collon Conductor

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Auszüge aus »Tristan und Isolde«

Richard Wagner »Vorspiel« and »Isoldes Liebestod« from »Tristan und Isolde« (1857-59)

Gürzenich-Orchester Köln
Nicholas Collon
Conductor

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