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By Christoph König 05 Dec, 2017

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.

By Christoph König 07 Nov, 2017
Christoph König makes his début at the Musikverein in Vienna with the Wiener Concert-Verein in a programme featuring Gerhard Oppitz in Beethoven`s Piano Concerto no. 2, Rossini Il signor Bruschino, and Schubert Fifth Symphony. Find more information about the concert here .
By Christoph König 07 Nov, 2017
This week Christoph König returns to Warsaw conducting the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra - Filharmonia narodowa in a very diverse programme containing Respighi`s Belfagor Overture, Kancheli`s Styx for Viola Solo, Choir and Orchestra featuring Lawrence Power (viola), and Strauss` Also sprach Zarathustra. Find out more about the prgramme here .
By Christoph König 12 Oct, 2017

Another very special week, Christoph König conducts Richard Strauss´ less performed "Aus Italien" in two performances with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra . Kristóf Baráti plays Bruch Violin Concerto. Please read more about the programme  here .

By Christoph König 06 Oct, 2017

Much venerated WQED-FM's artistic director Jim Cunningham talks to Christoph König about his concerts with the  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra  this week at Heinz Hall. Please see the full video here .

By Christoph König 03 Oct, 2017

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 .

By Christoph König 25 Sep, 2017

This week Christoph König and the Solistes Européens Luxembourg are going 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 .

By Christoph König 30 Jun, 2017

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 .

By Christoph König 30 Jun, 2017

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 .

By Christoph König 15 May, 2017

Christoph König replaces David Zinman in Pittsburgh.

This week Christoph König returns to the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra  conducting a programme of Brahms Symphony No. 3 and Strauss Don Quixote. More info .

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