„Above the clouds“ (with many journeys and creative highlights, supernatural performances) and „fully grounded“ (with terribly exhausting work, very little sleep and even a concussion) ... that's how high-contrast and eventfully the year 2015 began. Images above: Easter Monday at the village well of my birth town Weil am Rhein and flight Berlin-Munich in March.
NEW COMPOSITIONS: I developed the oboe concert MOZART ASCENDING for Albrecht Mayer (Berliner Philharmoniker), the flute concert YANG GUIFEI for the Chinese dizi virtuoso Chen Yue (Beijing), the cello concert FATAL HARMONIES OF BLACK SWEETNESS for Julius Berger, the double concert ISOLDE & TRISTAN for erhu and violoncello for the erhu soloist Beiru Xu (Xiamen), two "Bayreuth Oratorio" JESUS CHRISTUS, MENSCH & BRUDER (Jesus Christ - Human Being & Brother) for Good Friday 2015 and TAUBE, WASSER & FEUERSTURM (Dove, Water & Firestorm) for Pentecost 2015, the piano composition WENN WEIDEN VOLLMONDS IM WASSER... (When Willows in the Water at a Full Moon ...) and a commissioned work for the Regensburg 'Domspatzen', the motet SIE IST MIR LIEB, DIE WERTE MAGD.... (She is dear to me, the valued maidservant)
WORLD PREMIERES: January 29 / Bayreuth 'Stadtkirche' Part 1 of the Oratorical Triptych SANCTA TRINITAS; March 8 / Cathedral Havana in Cuba, the motet SALVE REGINA; March 29 / 'Herrsching am Ammersee', the cello concert FATAL HARMONIES based on the Gesualdo madrigal „Moro ai lasso“ with Julius Berger; April 3 / Bayreuth 'Stadtkirche', the Good Friday Oratorio JESUS CHRISTUS; April 24 / 'Philharmonie Bad Reichenhall', the violin concert AUGEN DER ERDE/EARTHs EYE with Ingolf Turban. Among the film scores, I would like to mention the premiere of the ZDF documentary MIT DEM MUT DER VERZWEIFLUNG (With the courage of despair) on the 27th of January on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.
CD RECORDINGS: In January, in co-production with BR-Klassik, I conducted the oratorio AUGUSTINUS and the orchestral composition HÖCHSTES HEILES WUNDER (Highest Holy Wonder) for Hansjörg Albrecht, the Munich Bach-Choir and the Munich Bach-Orchestra as volume 12 of my series „Sacred music“ (ambiente audio). In March, the Mexican conductor Alondra de la Parra and the 'Tonkünstler-Orchester' recorded my third CD of the series 'Orchestermusik' (WERGO) in Vienna/Grafenegg (e.g. with Symphony No. 7 „Dunkelwelt“ (Dark World) and „Naturklänge – Hommage a Sergiu Celibidache“ (Sounds of Nature - Ode to Sergiu Celibidache); in the Regensburg Cathedral, cathedral organist F.J. Stoiber performed JUBILISSIMO and ORGAN SYMPHONY NO. 12 „VENI CREATOR“ for the CD Volume 13 (ambiente audio).
NEW PRINTED SHEET MUSIC PRINTS: Schott-Music/Mainz published „Robert Schumanns Traumreise“ (Robert Schumann's Dream Journey) and the piano excerpt for the recorder concert „Ommagio a Vivaldi“, as well as „Dreamin’ backwards to my former times mistress“ for alto recorder. The publishing company Ries & Erler/Berlin published „Dunkelreise“ (Dark Journey), sextet for oboe and strings, as well as the score and piano excerpt for the violin concert „Augen der Erde/ Earths Eye“. The Strube-Verlag Munich released sheet music for the cello concert „Fatal Harmonies of Black Sweetness“, oratorio 2+3 of the triptych SANCTA TRINITAS, each with score and piano excerpt, the motet „Salve Regina“ for six female voices and the motet „Sie ist mir lieb, die werte Magd“ (She is dear to me, the valued maidservant) for mixed choir. Carus-Verlag/Stuttgart published my three choral arrangements from the film score for THE HOBBITS.
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MARCO POLO – a monumental opera in Guangzhou & BeijingExciting News in may 2018: Sometimes silent as my election as official member of the „Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts“ or my nomination as „Honorary Artistic Advisor“ of Guangzhou Opera House. Sometimes with frenetic applause as the performances of my opera MARCO POLO (composed and sung in chinese language) in Guangzhou and Beijing. All over China it was a sensation in media and cultural life.
Latest CD „MAGIC OF IRREALITY“ WERGO/NaxosEnthusiastic reviews of the latest CD „MAGIC OF IRREALITY“ at Label WERGO distributed by NAXOS with two double concertos, recorded october 2017 with Siberian State Symphony Orchestra (Vladimir Lande, conductor) in Krasnoyarsk: Jiemin Yan (Erhu) and Wen-Sinn Yang (Cello) playing ISOLDE & TRISTAN, Otto Sauter (piccolo trumpet) and Sergei Nakariakov (flugelhorn) playing DREAMDANCERS.
Turbulent and wild..... but a creative summer 2017During my intense work with Chinese language, culture and history while composing the MARCO POLO opera, some very personal insights also happened. For example, the Chinese proverb: "If the roots are deep, the wind is not to be feared". In fact, even impossible things can be accomplished if everything is deeply rooted in one's own will and nature.
News Fall 2016 until Spring 2017"Creativity as a whirlwind, news from end 2016 to spring 2017". So many concerts and world premieres, encounters with people and (natural) musicians, composition of new works, projects, ideas.
...via music connected with friends all over the worldMAKING MUSIC IN THE 7x24 MODE... with all the consequences: composing, being in charge of editions (horrible job of "proofreading"), world premieres, repeated performances, travels and living at the airport ( Berlin, Paris, Madrid, Stockholm, Gdansk, Cologne, Taipei, Beijing), rehearsals and conducting, CD productions... luckily all of the above is combined with friendship and wonderfully inspiring encounters... being a musician could be a dream job, if there weren't the increasing exploitation of the data giants and the "all-for-free" mentality of the music users. Therefore, I'm putting so much time into cultural policy (Berlin-Brussels-current amendment of the legal systems) as President of the German Composers Association, in order to fight for a touch of a livable future for my colleagues...