27 January 2011 002hr
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Two Mahler symphonies and a jazz matinée The hr Symphony Orchestra and the hr Big Band at the Rheingau Music Festival
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The two orchestras of the Hessian Broadcasting Corporation (hr) will be giving four concerts at the Rheingau Music Festival. As in previous years, the hr Symphony Orchestra will be inaugurating the musical festivities in Eberbach Monastery at the end of June, with two concerts conducted by Paavo Järvi. The guest star is the Lat- vian mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča. In August, Paavo Järvi will be conducting the orchestra at another concert in the Wiesbaden Assembly Rooms (featuring the solo- ist Alisa Weilerstein). The programme includes two of Gustav Mahler’s most impos- ing symphonies. And in July, the hr Big Band will be hosting a jazz matinée, featur- ing the charismatic singer and pianist Freddy Cole.
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To mark the 100th anniversary of Gustav Mahler’s death, the hr Symphony Orchestra is progressing its much-praised Mahler cycle. The powerful, expressive 5th Sym- phony by the visionary maestro of late Romanticism will unveil its full vibrancy in the basilica of Eberbach Monastery. A sumptuous musical experience is also upcoming in the shape of Elīna Garanča, who in the first part of the opening concert will be presenting the “Seven Early Songs” by Alban Berg. Joseph Haydn’s 1st Cello Con- certo with Alisa Weilerstein and Mahler’s 7th Symphony will then be performed in the Wiesbaden Assembly Rooms on 12 August. The “Seventh” is occasionally referred to as the “Song of the Night”, an allusion to its three dark middle movements.
The hr Symphony Orchestra will be opening the Rheingau Music Festival in Eberbach Monastery
For the Jazz Matinée on 3 July in the Cuvéehof Courtyard of Johannisberg Palace, the hr-Big Band is proud to be showcasing the recently Grammy-nominated singer and pianist Freddy Cole. The brother of Nat King Cole (who died in 1965) is an in- ternationally renowned musician, who, accompanied only by double bass, guitar, and occasional percussion instruments, will be offering a broad repertoire taken from between jazz and more modern evergreens in the typical Cole sound. Blessed with the same singing talent as his more famous brother, Cole was hailed by the New York Times as among the most mature and expressive jazz vocalists of his generation. Photo: hr/ Tibor Pluto free of charge
The Hessian Broadcasting Corporation has been supporting the Rheingau Music Festival ever since it began 24 years ago. The hr is the RMF’s oldest media partner, and has con- tributed greatly to the festival’s success with its numerous broadcasts on both radio and TV, as well as appearances by its own orchestra. hr TV will be broadcasting the opening concert, and hr2 Culture will be showing regular live transmissions and recordings of se- lected concerts. Through the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), moreover, the con- certs can be listened to worldwide.
Concert overview: Saturday, 25 June, and Sunday, 26 June, in each case 7 p.m., Eberbach Monastery hr Symphony Orchestra, Paavo Järvi, conductor; Elīna Garanča, mezzo-soprano;
Sunday, 3 July, 11 a.m., Johannisberg Palace, Cuvéehof hr Big Band with the pianist Freddy Cole
Friday, 12 August, 8 p.m., Wiesbaden, Kurhaus hr Symphony Orchestra, Paavo Järvi, conductor; Alisa Weilerstein, violoncello;