JÖRG SCHNEIDER - Famous Operetta Arias

Die Fledermaus · Der Zigeunerbaron · Wiener Blut · Gräfin Maritza · Der Bettelstudent · Paganini
Wiener Salonorchester

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I think that operetta has much higher demands than is often considered. If one performs this genre on a high level of quality, then it is sometimes even more demanding than opera. (JÖRG SCHNEIDER, INTERVIEW 2012)
The Austrian tenor Jörg Schneider has enjoyed a career that has flourished in Europe and especially in Italy, where he sang in almost every important operahouse. He started his career in 1995 as member of the Staatstheater Wiesbaden. From 1997 on till 2000 he was member of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf. As a freelancer he sang Belmonte at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Tamino at the Opernhaus Zürich and at the Teatro Communale  Firenze.
He sang Belmonte in “Entführung” under the baton of Zubin Mehta in Tel Aviv, “Kantate auf den Tod Haydns” from Luigi Cherubini under the baton of Riccardo Muti at the Musikverein in Vienna, and Jacquino in “Fidelio” under the baton of Claudio Abbado in Ferrara, Reggio Emilia, Madrid/ Teatro Real and Baden-Baden etc. On January 1st in 2008 Mr Schneider made his debut as Alfred in “Die Fledermaus” at the Vienna State Opera (he returned meanwhile as Tamino in “Zauberflöte”, Narraboth in “Salome” and as Flamand in “Capriccio” opposite Renèe Fleming) and in January 2009 he collaborated for the first time with Maestro Christian Thielemann in Baden-Baden, Munich and Paris.

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ISRAEL IN EGYPT from slavery to freedom

an oratorio of three world religions

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„The best concert of Israel Festival 2011 – an evening of musical and human
brother hood, breaking national and relegious barriers“ (Yon Feder, y net 2011)
„Israel in Egypt was a chain of climaxes –
a fantasy of a paradise (Chagai Chitron, Haaretz 2011)

This project has been created on the basis of the common history and roots of the three monotheistic religions Islam, Christianity and Judaism.
Israel in Egypt is one of the best-known and most popular oratorios by Georg Friedrich Handel. The exodus of the Jewish people and the reflections on it, as they are described in Israel in Egypt, are rendered both in the Jewish Torah and the Christian Bible (Book of Moses, Old  Testament) and therefore form a substantial part of both religions. However, the role of the Torah (Judaism) and the five Books of Moses (Christianity) is also quite important in the Islamic  tradition: Muslim believers are familiar with various suras of the Koran that show just how deeply the Koran itself is rooted in the Torah and the five Books of Moses; and, according to the Koran, the Prophet Mohammed’s appearance is predicted in the Torah and in the five Books of Moses. The Torah and the five Books of Moses therefore form a hugely important spiritual basis for the three major monotheistic world religions.
 For the musical and formal realisation of the concert project “Israel in Egypt – From Slavery to Freedom”, musicians from the (Western) European Baroque tradition (Baroque orchestra and choir), and hence from a Christian background, are joined by musicians from Jewish and Muslim backgrounds. Apart from the Israeli oud player and violinist Yair Dalal, with whom the project concept is being developed, a Jewish cantor and several musicians from Arabic and Muslim cultures will also be involved. On the one hand, these musicians will enter into a musical concert dialogue with each other and, on the other hand, they will create individual musical pieces together. The idea is not so much a confrontation of musical and narrative levels, but rather a collective moulding of the story of Israel in Egypt. The basic musical form of Handel’s oratorio and its nar rative structure will remain untouched, for the most parts.

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KAGEL: 10 Marches to miss the victory · H.K.GRUBER: Demilitarised Zone · WEILL: Kanonensong ...
hr brass

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is not a marching band but the brass section of one of the great German symphony orchestras. But even an ensemble like this stands in the
centuries-old tradition of music, with „trumpets and drums" which, at least quantitatively, has its centre of gravity in the military and ceremonial sphere. Therefore it attracted the Frankfurt musicians to take a stand with their
own production on the subject of marches.
The music on the present CD reflects the diverse feelings which appear thereby. Some of the 20th-century compositions assembled here are to be understood against this background: in one way or another they react musically to the political misuse of music. Central to these are the 10 Marches to miss the victory by Mauricio Kagel. The unmilitarised zones by HK Gruber are islands of peace in a
chaotic sequence of the most varied march fragments that go from the Badenweiler March via Sousa's Washington Post march to the Hungarian march of Berlioz.

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21st century portraits: CHRISTIAN JOST

TIEFENRAUSCH – Concerto for violin and orchestra · COCOONSYMPHONY
Viviane Hagner, violin · Essener Philharmoniker · Christian Jost

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I am always searching for the magical moment, which I can only achieve by complex and differentiated interconnections between structure, form and sound.
 (Christian Jost)
 Christian Jost was born in Trier, received his training in Cologne and San Francisco and is one of the most sought after composers of his generation. His operas are included in the repertoire of European opera houses and his compositions for orchestra have been performed repeatedly around the globe. In 2003 he was awarded the advancement award by the Ernst-von-Siemens-Foundation and in 2009 his opera Hamlet was voted “Best First Performance of the Year” in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. He was a “Composer in Residence” at the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, the Staatskapelle Weimar, the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, the Komische Oper Berlin and the Opera Dortmund.

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21st century portraits: SHIH

Ensemble "Die Reihe" · National Symphony Orchestra Taiwan

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The Taiwanese-Austrian composer Shih was born in Taipei in 1950. At the age of 24 he moved to Vienna to study composition and the harp at the University of Music and Performing Arts. He graduated in 1983, was awarded the Austrian citizenship the following year and currently lives in Vienna as free-lance composer. In addition, he is actively mediating between European and Far Eastern musical culture even beyond his own compositional work. For example, as head of the Pacific Youth Orchestra Vienna, which has been founded by him, he brings together students of music from Taiwan, China and Japan.
Shih’s very own mean of expression is sound, but it seems impossible to correlate his music with one of the traditional styles: his personal style, which sounds out all imaginable music-psychological processes and features an unparalleled variety of expressions, is way too individualistic. This exceptional style has its origin in the fusion of occidental music tradition and Far Eastern philosophy, which draws the attention from superficial effects to the subtle inner structure. With his work Shih wants to explore the depths of the human mind.

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