July). Elgar’s Cello Concerto will be performed by Claudio Bohórquez with the Konzerthaus Orchestra Berlin conducted by Lothar Zagrosek (8 July). Nikolai Lugansky, winner of the Tchaikovsky Competition, and a prize-winner at the Interna- tional Bach and Rachmaninov Competition, will be playing Prokofiev’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 2, accompanied by the Orchestre Philharmonique du Lux- embourg conducted by Emmanuel Krivine. (9 July). All the films starring Ian Flem- ing’s superhero James Bond have one thing in common: their catchy theme tunes, and these will be performed by the soprano Mary Carewe, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Carl Davis. Dominique Horwitz will be hosting this James Bond Night (14 July). Vilde Frang is returning to the RMF this summer, bringing with her Édouard Lalo’s “Symphonie espagnole”. She will be accompanied by the Prague Philharmonia conducted by Jakob Hrůša (21 July). To mark the 100th anniversary of Gustav Mahler’s death, the hr Symphony Orchestra will be playing Mahler’s 7th Sym- phony, preceded by the American cellist Alisa Weilerstein’s performance of Haydn’s 1st Cello Concerto (12 August). The violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja will be appear- ing with the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra Moscow, conducted by Vladimir Fe- doseyev, to perform Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto (24 August). The young Russian pianist Denis Kozhukin and the “Les Siècles” orchestra, which plays historical in- struments, will be contributing Beethoven’s 5th Piano Concerto and Liszt’s “Dante Symphony”. (25 August) The Austrian percussionist Martin Grubinger and some of his musical friends will be giving the classical world a shake-up: their ambitious pro- ject is called “The Percussive Planet”, with which they create a whole new world of rhythmically aural splendour (30 June, at the Phoenix Hall in Mainz).
Choral works The Basilica of Eberbach Monastery provides an ideal backdrop for the choral con- certs. The Thomaner Choir Leipzig under Georg Christoph Biller (6 July), the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Choir Lübeck with Rolf Beck (Mozart’s “Mass in C Mi- nor”, 22 July), the Choir of the Bavarian Broadcasting Corporation (Fauré’s “Req- uiem” etc., 24 July), the Choir of KlangVerwaltung Munich with Enoch zu Guttenberg (Mozart’s “Requiem”, 31 July), the Bach Collegium Japan (Bach’s “St. Matthew’s Passion“, 24 August), the RIAS Chamber Choir with Hans-Christoph Rademann (Mozart’s “Coronation Mass”, 25 August) and the Gächinger Kantorei with Helmuth Rilling (Mendelssohn’s “Elias”, 26 August), will all be gracing the Rheingau this sum-
The Latvian mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča will kick off the opening concert with Al- ban Berg’s “Seven Early Songs for Voice and Orchestra” (25 and 26 June). His bass fills concert halls, opera houses and jazz cellars alike. In Eberbach Monastery, Tho- mas Quasthoff will be singing Elias with the Gächinger Kantorei conducted by Helmuth Rilling (26 August). Two virtuosi of the opera scene will be gracing the stage of the Wiesbaden Assembly Rooms at the Grand Operatic Gala: the soprano Anna Samuil and the tenor Pavol Breslik, accompanied by the Munich Radio Or- chestra and Marko Letonja (15 July).