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Label: Farao Classics

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Orchestral

Artist: Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg & Kent Nagano

Composer: Franz Schubert (1797-1828), Anton Webern (1883-1945), Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)

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  • Franz Schubert (1797 - 1828), Gustav Mahler (1860 - 1911): Streichquartett in d-Moll, D 810 "Der Tod und das Mädchen":
  • 1Schubert, Mahler: Streichquartett in d-Moll, D 810 "Der Tod und das Mädchen": I. Allegro11:39
  • 2Schubert, Mahler: Streichquartett in d-Moll, D 810 "Der Tod und das Mädchen": II. Andante con moto12:29
  • 3Schubert, Mahler: Streichquartett in d-Moll, D 810 "Der Tod und das Mädchen": III. Scherzo. Allegro molto – Trio04:24
  • 4Schubert, Mahler: Streichquartett in d-Moll, D 810 "Der Tod und das Mädchen": IV. Presto09:18
  • Anton Webern (1883 - 1945): Langsamer Satz für Streichquartett, 1905:
  • 5Webern: Langsamer Satz für Streichquartett, 1905: Langsam, mit bewegtem Ausdruck10:18
  • Franz Schubert, Anton Webern: Deutsche Tänze, D 820:
  • 6Schubert, Webern: Deutsche Tänze, D 820: I. Tanz00:52
  • 7Schubert, Webern: Deutsche Tänze, D 820: II. Tanz01:38
  • 8Schubert, Webern: Deutsche Tänze, D 820: III. Tanz01:33
  • 9Schubert, Webern: Deutsche Tänze, D 820: IV. Tanz01:14
  • 10Schubert, Webern: Deutsche Tänze, D 820: V. Tanz01:40
  • 11Schubert, Webern: Deutsche Tänze, D 820: VI. Tanz02:16
  • Total Runtime57:21

Info for Schubert, Webern, Mahler

On the cusp of modernism: This first symphonic recording featuring Kent Nagano and "his" orchestra is devoted to the highly charged period at the turning point between Romanticism and Modernism. While we see Franz Schubert as progressive and ahead of his time, with Anton Webern, especially in his early works, the Romantic tradition can still clearly be heard.

The program consists of two chamber works by Schubert, orchestrated by Mahler and Webern and presented in a new guise, as well as an original, early chamber work by Webern which sounds highly Romantic, tonal, and expressive.

“The Schubert-Mahler-Webern triad contains an important piece of music history which, in the way the works are interwoven with each other, we can experience here like under a magnifying glass. It is part of the history of Romanticism in its late phase, shim-mering in new colors on the threshold of modernity.” Kent Nagano

Both as an orchestra and in the string quartet, the Philharmonic State Orchestra under Kent Nagano lends this juxtaposition its own distinctive stamp – as well as its own distinctive sound.

An oil painting by the painter and violinist Erich Gargerle († 2021) was selected for the cover. As a representative of the "Viennese School of Fantastic Surrealism," and also as a musician, the Second Viennese School – the milieu and home of Mahler and Webern – served as an essential source of inspiration and strength for him.

Konradin Seitzer, violin
Hibiki Oshima, violin
Naomi Seiler, viola
Clara Grünwald, violoncello
Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg
Kent Nagano, conductor

Recorded in the Elbphilharmonie and Laeiszhalle Hamburg, 2021

Kent Nagano
Kent Nagano is renowned for interpretations of clarity, elegance and intelligence. He is equally at home in music of the classical, romantic and contemporary eras, introducing concert and opera audiences throughout the world to new and rediscovered music and offering fresh insights into established repertoire. He has been Music Director of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM) since September 2006. In September 2015, he took up the position of General Music Director of the Staatsoper Hamburg and Chief Conductor of the Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg. Further, in September 2013 he became Principal Guest Conductor of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. Since 2006 he has been appointed Honorary Conductor of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin.

In July 2018, Kent Nagano conducted Krzysztof Penderecki’s St. Luke Passion with the OSM on the occasion of the Salzburg Festival opening concert. In August 2018 he stood at the rostrum of Vienna Philharmonic, conducting the new production of Hans Werner Henze’s The Bassarids at the Salzburg Festival.

Kent Nagano starts season 2018/19 with an OSM tour into arctic Quebec. In January 2019 he will then go on tour through Spain with the Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg. At the Staatsoper Hamburg Kent Nagano conducts the premieres of Schumann’s Scenes from Goethe’s Faust and George Benjamin’s Lessons in Love and Violence as well as performances of the entire Ring by Wagner in autumn 2018.

Highlights of Kent Nagano’s previous seasons in Hamburg were the premiere of Berlioz‘ Les Troyens, the world premiere of Hosokawa’s Stilles Meer, Messiaen’s Turangalîla with the Hamburg Ballett and John Neumeier, the premieres of Wagner’s Parsifal and Beethoven’s Fidelio, the „Philharmonische Akademie“ – a project in the tradition of musical academies of the 18th/19th century –, as well as the South America Tour with the Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg, the premieres of Berg’s Lulu and Strauss’ Frau ohne Schatten and the world premiere of Jörg Widmann’s oratorio ARCHE – composed on the occasion of the inauguration of the Elbphilharmonie in January 2017. The live recording of this concert will be released on CD by ECM in autumn 2018.

Kent Nagano will go on a Europe tour with the OSM in March 2019, with concerts in Berlin, Vienna, Munich, etc.

A milestone in Kent Nagano’s collaboration with the (OSM) was the inauguration of the orchestra’s new concert hall La Maison Symphonique in September 2011. In October 2016, he conducted the world premier of José Evangelista’s Accelerando – a commission by the OSM on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Montréal’s metro. In November of the same year he conducted a semi-staged production of the Matthäus-Passion. Further highlights with the orchestra include the complete cycles of Beethoven and Mahler symphonies, Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder, concert versions of Wagner’s Tannhäuser, Tristan und Isolde, Das Rheingold, Honegger’s Jeanne d’Arc au Bûcher, Messiaen’s Saint François d’Assise, and concert series featuring the works of Dutilleux (2010-11) and Boulez (2011-12). Nagano has taken the orchestra on a coast-to-coast tour of Canada and also to tours to Japan, South Korea, Europe and South America. Their last tour was in spring 2016 through the US, with stops in Washington, Boston and New York. Their recordings together include Mahler’s Orchestral Songs with Christian Gerhaher, Beethoven’s Piano Concertos Nos. 4 & 5 and a complete recording of all the Symphonies by Beethoven of which the album “Ideals of the French Revolution” with Symphony No. 5 won a Juno award. In March 2015 Kent Nagano conducted the North American Premiere of L’Aiglon, a rare opera of Honegger and Ibert. This production was recorded and released by Decca. Danse Macabre followed as second production with Decca, with works by Dukas, Dvořák, Mussorgsky, Balakirev, Saint-Saens and Ives in October 2016. In June 2018, A quiet place by Leonard Bernstein were released also with Decca as third mutual production.

Jörg Widmann
Clarinetist, composer and conductor Jörg Widmann is one of the most versatile and intriguing artists of his generation. The 2017/18 season will see him appear as soloist with orchestras such as Wiener Philharmoniker under Valery Gergiev, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra with Bertrand de Billy, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra under Sylvain Cambreling, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, SWR Symphonieorchester under Peter Rundel, and Orchester de Paris with Daniel Harding.

This season will also see Jörg Widmann and his work featured in various residencies and portraits. Jörg Widmann is the first Gewandhaus Composer and was commissioned by Gewandhaus Orchester and Boston Symphony Orchestra to compose a new work which will be premiered in Leipzig in March 2018 conducted by Andris Nelsons. At Gewandhaus, Jörg Widmann will be featured in a portrait concert as well as in various chamber concerts and as a soloist.

Further residencies include Orchestre de Paris, Wigmore Hall, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Mozartwoche Salzburg and Philharmonie Essen.

Chamber music performances in the 2017/18 season include a tour with the Hagen Quartet with performances of his new Clarinet Quintet in Paris, Lugano, Amsterdam, Essen, Berlin, London and Salzburg; trio recitals with Tabea Zimmermann and Dénes Vàrjon in Helsinki, Freiburg, at Kölner Philharmonie, Pierre Boulez Saal Berlin and Wigmore Hall, and recitals at San Francisco Performances, Toppan Hall and the premiere of a new piece written for him by Mark Andre at Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik. Amongst his regular chamber music partners are renowned soloists such as Sir András Schiff, Daniel Barenboim, Elisabeth Leonskaja and Mitsuko Uchida.

Continuing his intense activities as a conductor, Jörg Widmann will perform this season with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunk, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin and as Principal Conductor with the Irish Chamber Orchestra with whom he will embark on a tour throughout Germany including concerts at International Music Festival Heidelberger Frühling, Philharmonie Essen, Mozartfest Würzburg and Leverkusen, followed by the premiere of his new violin concerto with Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and Carolin Widmann at Suntory Hall.

In April 2018 Christian Gerhaher and Bamberger Symphoniker under Jakub Hrůša will premiere his song cycle Das heiße Herz.

Widmann gave the world premiere of Mark Andre’s Clarinet Concerto über at the Donauerschinger Musiktage 2015. Other clarinet concerti dedicated to and written for him include Wolfgang Rihm’s Musik für Klarinette und Orchester (1999) and Aribert Reimann’s Cantus (2006).

Widmann is a Fellow at the Wissenschaftskollegs in Berlin and a full member of the Bayerischen Akademie of Schönen Künste, and since 2007, the Freien Akademie der Künste Hamburg, the Deutschen Akademie der Darstellenden Künste and the Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur Mainz. He is professor for composition at the Barenboim-Said Academy, Berlin.

Booklet for Schubert, Webern, Mahler

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