11 July 2016
A tour by Valery Gergiev to Germany
From 6 to 23 July Valery Gergiev will be performing in Germany, where he will conduct the Mariinsky Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Russian-German Academy of Music.
The series of concerts begins on 6 July – the Orchestra of the Russian-German Academy of Music under Valery Gergiev will be appearing at the Konzerthaus in Berlin. The programme includes Sergei Prokofiev's Third Piano Concerto (soloist: Behzod Abduraimov), Richard Strauss' symphonic poem Ein Heldenleben and Vladimir Tarnopolsky's opus Tabula Russia, the Russian premiere of which was presented by the Academy's musicians under Valery Gergiev in Moscow in June this year. From 7 to 10 July the Mariinsky Orchestra will take part in the summer festival in Baden-Baden. The tour there opens with a concert performance of Richard Wagner's opera Die Walküre, which will also be performed on 10 July. Soloists of the Mariinsky Opera and Orchestra will appear alongside internationally acclaimed performers including Jonas Kaufmann, René Pape, Eva-Maria Westbroek, Evelyn Herlitzius and Ekaterina Gubanova. On 8 and 9 July pianist Nelson Freire and violinist Pinchas Zukerman together with the Mariinsky Orchestra will perform works by Ludwig van Beethoven, while pianist Hélène Grimaud and violinist Nikolaj Znaider will perform works by Johannes Brahms. Valery Gergiev will be conducting on all four evenings.
On 14 and 16 July Valery Gergiev will conduct the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra in the Bavarian capital. The programme of the first concert at the Gasteig includes Galina Ustvolskaya's Third Symphony with People's Artist of Russia Alexei Petrenko as the Narrator, Sergei Rachmaninoff's Third Piano Concerto (soloist Behzod Abduraimov) and Dmitry Shostakovich's Fourth Symphony (14 July). The second evening will be an open-air concert. On Odeonsplatz, the Munich Philharmonic will perform Pyotr Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto (soloist – Daniil Trifonov), a suite from Richard Strauss' opera Der Rosenkavalier and Maurice Ravel's Boléro.
On 23 July Valery Gergiev's "German tour" for this season concludes with an appearance by the Mariinsky Orchestra at the theatre in Bad Kissingen, where there will be a performance of Johannes Brahms' Violin Concerto (soloist – Leonidas Kavakos) and music from Pyotr Tchaikovsky's ballet The Nutcracker.
Submitted on 25 August 2016, Thursday
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