The first recording of of the Solistes Européens, Luxembourg on Rubicon Classics is on the market now. We have been thinking carefully which repertoire to choose from for the start of this new collaboration. When we observe music history and its repercussion on our times, it can be rather puzzling that our view upon some of the most famous and influential composers seems to be rather monochromatic. We emphasise the influence of composers like Bach and Beethoven on their and later generations of musicians and tend to neglect the reciprocal influence all their contemporaries have had on them . In this sense it is striking to see the influence French Revolution composers like Grétry, Méhul, and Gossec exerted on Ludwig van Beethoven. More so, because they are widely forgotten whilst Beethoven - and Bach for that matter - remains a pillar of classical music reception. Since a long time it has been my wish to juxtapose in concert and recording works by Méhul and Beethoven. Especially the last movement of Méhul’s First Symphony in G minor is a puzzling reminder of how embedded Beethoven actually was in a much wider field of musical activity than nowadays perceived and what he only a short time later has achieved with very similar material, style, and attitude. In view of all this I think it is a wonderful start of our collaboration of the Solistes Européens, Luxembourg with Rubicon Classics.
Christoph König conducts the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in a programme of Rachmaninov Symphony No. 2, Mussorgsky Scherzo in B-flat Major (Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Premiere, and Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2, featuring the fabulously gifted 2010 Chopin Competition winner Yulianna Avdeeva. More info .
This week Christoph König and the Solistes Européens Luxembourg
to open the new season with a very special concert featuring the
magnificent Chinese gu zheng player Yuan Li in a programme called « Europe meets China » containing:
Tan Dun (*1957) - Concerto for Zheng and String Orchestra
Boris Blacher (1903-1975) - Concertante Musik
Ye Xiaogang (*1955) - Printemps dans la Forêt, for Zheng solo
Antonin Dvořák (1841-1904) - Symphony n°8
For more information please look here .
Next week Christoph König returns to the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra conducting a programme with the title “Dedication”, including Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 3, Ravel’s “Le Tombeau de Couperin”, and Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto No. 2, once again acclaimed French-Canadian pianist Louis Lortie. More info here .
This week Christoph König conducts the first time the WASO in Perth in a programme predominantly dedicated to Antonín Dvořák, featuring the seldom played but exceptionally beautiful Water Goblin (“Vodnik” - “Der Wassermann”), and his Symphony no. 7. Also on the programme: Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1 with magnificent Louis Lortie. More info .