Sun, Nov. 20, 2022, 11.00 am | Elbphilharmonie, Grand Hall
Kurt Weill: Symphony in one movement – Symphony No. 1
Erich Wolfgang Korngold: Violin concerto in D Major, Op. 35
Igor Strawinsky: Le sacre du printemps
At the latest since her acclaimed debut with Mozart’s “Così fan tutte” at the 2020 Salzburg Festival, Joana Mallwitz has been one of the outstanding conductors of her generation. In the 100-year history of the festival, she was the first woman to be entrusted with a new production and an entire series of performances. Since the 2018/19 season, Joana Mallwitz, then 33 years old, has been working as General Music Director at the Nuremberg State Theatre and was awarded “Conductor of the Year” in the autumn of 2019.
As a portrait artist of the Wiener Musikverein, she will take the podium with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and the RSO Vienna during the 2021/22 season; further debuts are planned with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre National de France and at the Semperoper Dresden with a new production of “Rusalka”. In recent years she has appeared at the Bavarian State Opera, the Frankfurt Opera, the Royal Danish Opera, the Norwegian National Opera Oslo and the Zürich Opera House. Concert engagements have taken her to the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the hr and SWR Symphony Orchestras, the Stuttgart Philharmonic, Dresden Philharmonic, Frankfurter Museumsorchester, the Philharmonia Orchestra London, the Munich Philharmonic and the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra.
After her longstanding engagement as Music Director at the Theater Heidelberg, Mallwitz took up her first conducting post at the Theater Erfurt in the 2014/2015 season as Europe’s youngest General Music Director. After her debut in Nuremberg with productions of Prokofiev’s “War and Peace” and Wagner’s “Lohengrin”, which received national attention, Joana Mallwitz will rehearse new productions of “Pelléas et Mélisande” and “Der Rosenkavalier” there during the coming season.
Born in Hildesheim, Mallwitz studied conducting with Martin Brauß and Eiji Oue and piano with Karl-Heinz Kämmerling and Bernd Goetzke at the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media.
Renowned for her strong musical personality and versatility, Liza Ferschtman has been praised in The New York Times for the ‘laserlike intensity, purity and refined beauty of her playing’. Since winning the Dutch Music Award in 2006, she has appeared as a soloist with many of the world’s finest orchestras including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic and Brussels Philharmonic. A passionate chamber musician who regularly appears in the world’s greatest recital halls, Liza Ferschtman has also been Artistic Director of the Delft Chamber Music Festival since 2007.
2019-20 includes concerto performances with the Stuttgart Philharmonic, Munich Symphony Orchestra, the Flanders Symphony Orchestra , Het gelders Orkest and the Nertherlands Philharmonic in Europe, while North and Central American performances include the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, the Toledo Symphony and Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco. The season also includes recital tours with Enrico Pace and performances of the Schubert piano trios with Elisabeth Leonskaja and István Várdai / Jakob Koranyi in venues including London’s Wigmore Hall, the Musikverein Wien, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and the Théâtre des Champs Elysées.
Liza Ferschtman has an impressive discography for Challenge Classics which includes concertos by Beethoven, Dvořák, Mendelssohn and Korngold, Bernstein’s Serenade, and several recital CDs. Her recordings have consistently received glowing reviews in the international press.
Liza Ferschtman studied with Philip Hirschhorn and Herman Krebbers in Amsterdam, Ida Kavafian at the Curtis Institute of Music and David Takeno in London.
The Philharmonic State Orchestra is Hamburg’s largest and oldest orchestra, looking back on many years of musical history. When the “Philharmonic Orchestra” and the “Orchestra of the Hamburg Municipal Theatre” merged in 1934, two tradition-steeped orchestras combined. Philharmonic concerts have been performed in Hamburg since 1828, artists such as Clara Schumann, Franz Liszt and Johannes Brahms being regular guests of the Philharmonic Society. The history of the opera company goes back even further: Hamburg has been home to musical theatre since 1678, even if a regular opera or theatre orchestra was only formed later. To this day, the Philharmonic State Orchestra has embodied the sound of the Hansa City, a concert and opera orchestra in one.
During its long history, the orchestra encountered great artist personalities. Apart from composers of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, such as Telemann, Tchaikovsky, Strauss, Mahler, Prokofiev and Stravinsky, since the 20th century chief conductors such as Karl Muck, Joseph Keilberth, Eugen Jochum, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Horst Stein, Aldo Ceccato, Christoph von Dohnányi, Gerd Albrecht, Ingo Metzmacher and Simone Young have shaped the orchestra’s sound. Renowned conductors of the pre-war era such as Otto Klemperer, Wilhelm Furtwängler, Bruno Walter, Karl Böhm and Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt gave brilliant performances, as did outstanding conductors of our times: suffice it to mention Christian Thielemann, Semyon Bychkov, Kirill Petrenko, Sir Neville Marriner, Valery Gergiev and Sir Roger Norrington.
Starting with the 2015/2016 season, Kent Nagano has taken on the position of Hamburg’s General Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Philharmonic State Orchestra and the Hamburg State Opera. In his first season Kent Nagano initiated a new project, the Philharmonic Academy, focusing on experimentation and chamber music. In 2016 Nagano and the Philharmonic undertook a successful three-week concert tour in South America, a tour of Spain followed in 2019. Since 2017 Kent Nagano and the Philharmonic State Orchestra have continued the traditional Philharmonic Concerts at the new Elbphilharmonie, for which they commissioned Jörg Widmann to compose the oratorio ARCHE, which was given its world premiere during the hall’s opening festivities. The concert recording has been released at ECM.
The Philharmonic State Orchestra offers approximately 35 concerts per season and performs more than 240 performances per year at the Hamburg State Opera and the Hamburg Ballet John Neumeier, making it Hamburg’s busiest orchestra. The stylistic bandwidth covered by the 140 musicians, ranging from historically informed performance practice to contemporary works and including concert, opera and ballet repertoire, is unique throughout Germany. Chamber Music has a long tradition at the Philharmonic State Orchestra: what began in 1929 with a concert series for chamber orchestra has been continued since 1968 by a series of chamber music only.
In 2008 Simone Young and the Philharmonic State Orchestra won the Brahms Award of the Schleswig-Holstein Brahms Society. The orchestra has recorded the complete Ring by Wagner as well as the complete symphonies of Johannes Brahms and Anton Bruckner – the latter in the rarely-performed original versions – as well as works by Mahler, Hindemith and Berg, and has released DVDs of opera and ballet productions by Hosokawa, Offenbach, Reimann, Auerbach, J.S. Bach, Puccini, Poulenc and Weber.
The members of the Philharmonic State Orchestra feel equally beholden to Hamburg’s musical tradition and responsible for the city’s artistic future. Since 1978 the musicians have been participating in education programmes in Hamburg’s schools. Today, the orchestra maintains a broad education programme, including school and kindergarten visits, patronage for music projects, introductory events for children and family concerts. The orchestra’s own academy prepares young musicians for their professional careers. The Philharmonic’s musicians thereby make an equally enjoyable and valuable contribution to tomorrow’s music education in the music metropolis of Hamburg.
Kurt Weill is renowned mainly for his revolutionary musical theatre works. Long before his American exile, he wrote his First “Berlin” Symphony in 1921. Eight years before, Igor Stravinsky had rocked Europe’s cultural world with one of the most scandalous premieres in music history, writing a work of the century which owes its timelessness to its rigid, archaic energy: Le sacre du printemps. Joana Mallwitz, General Music Director of the Nürnberg State Theatre, conducts the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra for the first time. Liza Ferschtman, known internationally for her charismatic playing, expressivity and sensitivity, will perform Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s only Violin Concerto, premiered in America in 1947.
Venue: Elbphilharmonie, Grand Hall, Platz der Deutschen Einheit 4, 20457 Hamburg
Prices: € 74,00 / 57,00 / 46,00 / 31,00 / 13,00