Sun, Mar. 27, 2022, 11.00 am | Elbphilharmonie, Grand Hall
Claude Debussy: Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune
Manuel de Falla: Noches en los jardines de España (Nights in the Gardens of Spain)
Bohuslav Martinhu: Symphony No. 3
Award-winning conductor Marzena Diakun came to international acclaim in Paris, during the 2015/16 season, after several concerts with Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, an orchestra she continues to collaborate with on a regular basis. From September 2021 she will act as Artistic Director and Principal Chief Conductor of the Orquesta y Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid (ORCAM).
Recent and future engagements include Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre National de Metz, Orchestre National du Capitol de Toulouse, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, Orchestre Pasdeloup, National Warsaw Philharmonic, Sinfonia Varsovia, Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias, Hamburger Philharmoniker, Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie and Residentie Orkest the Hague. She will also intensify her relationship with the orchestra of the Toulon Opera, as its Principal Symphonic Conductor.
Diakun is a dedicated supporter of contemporary music and premieres numerous works. In 2016, she gave the Polish premiere of Olga Neuwirth's opera Lost Highway, as a part of the New Horizons Festival in Wrocław (Breslau). Her release of ‘Polish Heroines’ on PWM, a recording dedicated to Polish women composers followed upon the 10th Symphony by Pierre Henry, on ALPHA.
She finished with distinction the conducting class under Mieczysław Gawronski at the Karol Lipinski Academy of Music in Wroclaw, followed by postgraduate studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, in Uros Lajovic’s class, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Cracow Academy of Music. Her mentors were conductors Howard Griffiths, Colin Metters, Kurt Masur, Andrey Boreyko, and Pierre Boulez. She is currently herself a conducting professor at the Karol Lipinski Academy of Music in Wroclaw. Her prizes and awards include second prize at the prestigious 59th Prague Spring Competition for Conductors in the Czech Republic and the Silver Baton at the 9th Fitelberg International Competition for Conductors in Poland (2012). In 2015, Diakun was a recipient of the Boston Symphony Orchestra Conducting Fellowship at Tanglewood Music Festival and won the Marin Alsop's Taki Concordia Fellowship. In her home-country, Poland, she has received numerous awards.
The pianist Elena Bashkirova once said, “Chamber music is music’s soul,” and this belief is evident in her work as a soloist, accompanist, ensemble musician, and program planner. Her approach to all aspects of music is one of empathetic collaboration and communication.
Among the highlights of the 2021/22 season for Bashkirova are recitals at the Ruhr Piano Festival, the Chamber Music Hall of the Berlin Philharmonic, the Konzerthaus Blaibach and the Beethoven Haus Bonn. Song recitals with Thomas Hampson, Olga Peretyatko, as well as Georg Nigl and Martina Gedeck are planned at the Prinzregententheater in Munich, the Cologne Philharmonie, the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels, and at the Heidelberger Frühling festival. As a soloist, Elena Bashkirova will perform de Fallas “Nights in the Gardens of Spain” and Mozart’s Concerto in C-Major KV 415 with the ORCAM Orchestra in Madrid, the Hamburger Philharmonic and the German Chamber Academy Neuss. A South American tour is planned, as well as chamber music concerts at the Boulez Hall in Berlin, the Kreuznach Klassik festival and the Mendelssohn House in Leipzig with international soloists from the Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival.
Bashkirova comes from a Russian musical dynasty going back generations. Born in Moscow, she began her studies at the age of 15 in the class of her father, the legendary piano pedagogue Dmitry Bashkirov. Together with violinist Gidon Kremer, with whom she has often performed as a duo and has made a number of recordings, Elena Bashkirova left the Soviet Union in 1978 and moved to Paris. She has been influenced by her work with conductors such as Pierre Boulez, Sergiu Celibidache, and Michael Gielen. Since 1992, she has lived in Berlin with her husband, Daniel Barenboim.
Bashkirova is Artistic Director of the Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival, which she founded in 1998. The festival takes place each year in September and has become a pillar of Israel’s cultural life, bringing together outstanding soloists from around the world. In addition, the widely acclaimed Intonations Festival has taken place in April of each year since 2012 in Berlin’s Jewish Museum. Together with musicians from these festivals, Elena Bashkirova performs regularly in the world’s most important chamber music series, including summer festivals such as the Lucerne Festival, the Rheingau Music Festival, the George Enescu Festival in Bucharest, and the Beethovenfest in Bonn. Numerous recordings document the highlights of programs conceived by Bashkirova for various chamber music groupings.
The repertoire for piano and voice is of particular importance to Bashkirova. The list of singers with whom she performs as a duo includes Anna Netrebko, Olga Peretyatko, Dorothea Röschmann, René Pape, and Robert Holl.
Bashkirova’s recording of two Tchaikovsky cycles, “The Seasons” and “Album for Children”, received the ICMA award in the category “solo instrument” in 2017. Her complete recording of Antonin Dvorak’s “Poetic Tone Pictures” op. 85 was released in October 2020.
In 2018, Elena Bashkirova received the Ruhr Piano Festival Prize and was awarded an honorary doctoral degree by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Back in 2020 she was named conductor Kurt Masur’s successor as President of the Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Foundation in Leipzig.
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.
“To me, Mallarmé is not only the greatest French poet, but the only one” – Maurice Ravel’s enthusiasm was shared by all French impressionist composers, mainly Debussy, whose symphonic poem “L’après-midi d’un faune”, based on Mallarmé’s text, became the epitome of impressionism per se. De Falla’s “Nights in the Gardens of Spain” share a similar, nocturnal quality, creating a direct reference to Debussy. With these sophisticated works, the young chief conductor of the Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid, Marzena Diakun, makes her Hamburg debut. The programme is complemented by Bohuslav Martinu’s Third Symphony, written in America in 1944: the sudden turn toward the joyful in the finale has sometimes been explained by the fact that the composer received word of the Allied landing in Normandy while working on this composition.
60 minutes before the concert, there will be a pre-concert talk (in german) by Janina Zell.
Venue: Elbphilharmonie, Grand Hall, Platz der Deutschen Einheit 4, 20457 Hamburg
Prices: € 65,00 / 52,00 / 41,00 / 28,00 / 12,00
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