Plans have been released for this late-summer season’s Berliner Festspiele. The core participants seem to be British.

Press release:

Musikfest Berlin 2019:
Hector Berlioz and European Modernism
Musikfest Berlin, hosted by Berliner Festspiele in cooperation with the Foundation Berliner Philharmoniker

On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Hector Berlioz’ death, the 2019 Musikfest Berlin will celebrate the French composer. Taking his music and visionary tips as a point of departure, the festival will present a programme that highlights French and European Modernism. The spectrum will variety from Jean-Philippe Rameau through Arthur Honegger, Edgard Varèse, Olivier Messiaen, Iannis Xenakis, Gérard Grisey to modern composers: Peter Eötvös from Hungary, Olga Neuwirth from Austria and Louis Andriessen from the Netherlands. The festival will dedicate a concentrate of various concerts to each and every of these 3.

Just after a concert just before the opening, a lengthy piano evening featuring a efficiency of the full “Catalogue d’Oiseaux” by Olivier Messiaen, the 2019 Musikfest will be launched on 31 August with Hector Berlioz’ opera comique “Benvenuto Cellini”. The Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique and the Monteverdi Choir will present the semi-staged efficiency on historic instruments and beneath the musical path of their founder Sir John Eliot Gardiner. Apart from additional huge-scale performs by Hector Berlioz – the “Symphonie fantastique”, “Roméo et Juliette”, “Harold en Italie” and excerpts from “Les Troyens”, the composer’s notion of gigantic orchestrations will be manifest in various concerts in the course of the festival, with huge orchestral formations filling the podiums: the efficiency of “Frau ohne Schatten” by Richard Strauss by Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Alfred Schnittke’s initial symphony with Münchner Philharmoniker and Valery Gergiev, “Amériques” by Edgard Varèse with Berliner Philharmoniker and Peter Eötvös as effectively as “Éclairs sur l’Au-delá” by Olivier Messiaen, the initial efficiency by the London Symphony Orchestra in Berlin with each other with its Music Director Sir Simon Rattle. In addition to orchestra and chamber music concerts as effectively as operas in semi-staged and concertante performances, the globe premiere of the restored seven-hour version of Abel Gance’s silent film “La Roue” will be presented at Konzerthaus Berlin. Additionally, the well-known enterprise of the Umewaka Kennokai Foundation from Tokyo will check out the Philharmonie to execute Nō-Theatre from the 15th and 17th century on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the city partnership involving Berlin and Tokyo as effectively as the 50th anniversary of the Japanese Cultural Institute.

Apart from the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique and the London Symphony Orchestra, Fantastic Britain’s initial radio orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra will travel to Berlin from London, with each other with its Chief Conductor Sakari Oramo. As the second ensemble devoted to historical efficiency practice, the Parisian orchestra Les Siècles and François-Xavier Roth will celebrate the orchestra’s Musikfest Berlin-debut and its initial efficiency at the Philharmonie. On their final European farewell-tour with each other, Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra will cease off in Berlin. The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam with Tugan Sokiev will come from the Netherlands, Münchner Philharmoniker with Valery Gergiev from Munich, each Junge Deutsche Philharmonie with Jonathan Nott and Ensemble Modern day with Brad Lubman from Frankfurt. Ensemble Musikfabrik will arrive from Cologne with Peter Eötvös, who will also function as a guest-conductor with Berliner Philharmoniker in a efficiency of “Alhambra”, a violin concerto Eötvös wrote for Isabelle Faust. Berliner Philharmoniker will be heard after far more in the course of the festival, beneath the musical path of Daniel Harding, and the Karajan-Akademie will join the festival for the initial time, performed by Susanna Mälkki. Other prominent orchestras from Berlin featured in the programme of the 2019 Musikfest Berlin are Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin with their Chief Conductor Robin Ticciati, Konzerthausorchester Berlin beneath the musical path of Juraj Valčuha, Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin with Common Music Director Donald Runnicles and Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin with Chief Conductor Vladimir Jurowski.

Musikfest Berlin will take spot from 30 August to 19 September. Throughout the 21 days of the festival, 26 events featuring far more than 65 performs by 30 composers will be presented at the Philharmonie and its Chamber Music Hall. All round, 22 orchestras will contribute to the festival. Additional than 50 international soloists will come to Berlin, such as the singers Susanna Andersson, Alice Coote, Nora Fischer, Juliet Fraser, Susan Graham, Barbara Hannigan, Andrew Staples, Yuko Kakuta, Georg Nigl, Shenyang und Klaus Florian Vogt and the singers featured in the initial-price ensembles of the opera performances. Additional soloists: trumpeter Håkan Hardenberger, the flutist Emmanuel Pahud, pianists Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Alexander Melnikov and Olga Pashchenko, violinists Isabelle Faust, Gil Shaham and Valeriy Sokolov as effectively as violist Tabea Zimmermann. The IPPNW-Charity Concert presented by the WuWei Trio will take spot on 22 September at 16h at the Chamber Music Hall.

Broadcasts of as several as 16 concerts of Musikfest Berlin 2019 are planned as effectively as the “Quartett der Kritiker” of Deutschlandfunk Kultur and rbb Kulturradio. The festival’s other media partners are FAZ, Exberliner and Monopol.