Beethoven, Haydn, Brahms, Schostakowitsch, + N.N.
Pianotrio and Song
Shostakovich’s novel suite op. 127 for soprano and piano trio combines the genre of the piano trio with a cycle of songs to form an instrumentation and genre synthesis. Dreams of love and traumatic fear, the realization of one’s own insignificance and the expectation of death only find support in the last song An die Musik, for which the full musician cast of the piano trio is saved. Before doing this, the instruments take turns in dialogue with the singer, first as a soloist, then in a duet, whereby the instrumentation often results from the content of the songs.
Shostakovich combines an idea of the 20th century – the emancipation of the accompanying instruments – with two traditional genres from the 19th century. A new order between word, tone and form arises, and at the same time reminds one of the familiar.
This song cycle inspires a project with concert programs for piano trio and voice: a selection of more than 600 folk song arrangements by Haydn and Beethoven, arranged song cycles by Brahms and others, and new commissioned compositions for this project.
Mahler + Eötvös, Hosokawa, Currier
The Song of the Earth –
Dialogue of the diverse
Gustav Mahler’s Song of the Earth, a work about Life and Death, Youth and Old Age, Day and Night, combines western composition with an unfamiliar, far-eastern soundworld. We have adopted the Mahlerian concept Dialogue of the Diverse as the central focus of the planned concert project. The programming concept is certainly unique: it was inspired by the twin global perspective which Mahler wove throughout his Song of the Earth, even at structural level. As well as the German-Chinese ensemble which will play Mahler’s richly scored orchestral work in the Second Half, the First Half of the concert will feature several world premieres performed by solo instrumentalists – each of which will be written specifically for the project, making reference to Mahler’s work, both in content and compositional process. We have been especially fortunate in securing top-class soloists (Berlin Philharmonics) and composers from Japan, Hungary, Israel, Germany, France and the USA. They are undertaking the challenge of interpreting Mahler’s messages anew, through the means of solo music. Unfortunately, the concerts in China had to be postponed due to the pandemic. The whole project is conceived as an initial concert series which leaves other possibilities wide open; a second season is being planned.
“A voice with charisma and warmth” Sarah van der Kemp shaped the concert as the vocal soloisther singing was inspiring. She holds this song skilfully to the ground, preserving it from kitsch and a height that might sound too jubilant.“
Liszt, Wagner (Arrangement: Bello)
Liszt Songs for Chamber orchestra
Transcriptions and paraphrases for piano occupy a large space in Liszt’s oeuvre. It is not just a matter of transferring the respective work to a piano setting; Liszt interprets the large compositions with the sound structures of the piano in his own way.
In this project, the way goes the other way around, from piano setting to orchestrated arrangement. (Arrangement: Aurélien Bello)
László Simon in Memoriam
In memory of the pianist László Simon, this collection was created with recordings from the Swedish Radio.