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musikfest berlin 2011

From September 2nd to 20th, the musikfest berlin 2011, organised by the Berliner Festspiele in cooperation with the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation, will start off Germany’s capital’s new concert season. More than 1,600 musicians contribute to an exceptional programme of the first rank. The guest book lists more than 40 soloists and 24 orchestras, choirs and ensembles of the international musical life: Anne-Sophie Mutter, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Matthias Goerne, Tabea Zimmermann and Maurizio Pollini, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Pittburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Staatskapelle Dresden, the Philharmonia Orchestra London, the Gesualdo Consort from Amsterdam and many others more. Conductors such as Charles Dutoit, Christian Thielemann, Daniel Barenboim, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Emilio Pomárico, Manfred Honeck, Sir Simon Rattle, Jos van Immerseel and Arturo Tamayo will be at the stand. And of course the hosting city Berlin with its prominent orchestras is involved, from the Konzerthausorchester Berlin to the Staatskapelle Berlin and the Berliner Philharmoniker.
Within 19 days, 25 events will be presented in the Philharmonie, in its Kammermusiksaal, in the Gethsemanekirche, the Radialsystem V and in the Konzerthausat Gendarmenmarkt with more than 75 works from 35 composers. At the centre of the musikfest berlin 2011 stand the composers Franz Liszt, Wolfgang Rihm and – presented as the festival’s finale – Gustav Mahler’s Eighth Symphony, and Luigi Nono’s Prometeo. Two large designs of a world, transcending traditional forms, supported and fascinated by the human voice. Two monumental conceptions: One of them stands at the beginning of the 20th century, Faustian, before the outbreak of the First World War, the other one at its end, Promethean, before the beginning erosion of the soviet empire.
The programme of the musikfest berlin 2011 reaches from the music of the Renaissance to the present, links the music of Liszt, Rihm, Nono and Mahler to works from Busoni, Brahms, Wagner, Wolf, Pfitzner, Sibelius, Kaminski, Saint-Säens, Tallis, Gesualdo and Zender. The festival begins one day before the opening concert in the Gethsemanekirche: With Wolfgang Rihm’s recently composed ET LUX, performed for the first time in Berlin by Paul Van Nevel’s Huelgas vocal ensemble from Belgium and the Minguet Quartet.

Winrich Hopp Artistic Director musikfest berlin

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