Welcome – Zofia Neugebauer as new artist
Good new in hard times: UR classics keeps on growing! We are delighted to welcome the flutist Zofia Neugebauer. Following her studies in Wrocław and Basel, she was a member of the Karajan Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic from 2017 – 2019, and since January 2019 she is Principal Flute of the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra. Aside from her flourishing solo career, she is a passionate chamber musician, performing in highly varied formations a wide repertoire from the Baroque to electronic music. What a pleasure to work with this enthusiastic musician, always on the lookout for new programs and ideas!
Live concerts are back! First concerts with live audiences
At a time when much of the world is on lockdown, Taiwan’s National Symphony Orchestra wishes to share its efforts to keep the live concert experience alive. On Saturday May 30, the orchestra under the leadership of Music Directo Shao-Chia Lü will play Mozart’s Serenade No. 10 “Gran Partita” and Dvořák’s Serenade for Strings in E major; on June 12 Beethoven’s Fifth and Seventh Symphonies will follow. Here are the addresses for the live stream:
May30, 19.30h (CST)：https://youtu.be/EwwXf04MbHE
June 12, 19.30h (CST)：https://youtu.be/akUZH-Pd8bI
Congratulations once again for Piotr Plławner!
These days good news is rare, but we have some: violinist Piotr Plławner has just been named Artistic Director of the Silesian Chamber Orchestra in Katowice. He will assume his duties in September 2020, conducting five programs with works of very different composers: Vivaldi, Bach, Beethoven, Grieg, Holst, Weiner, Séjourné, Górecki, Piazzolla, Glass und Kilar. The Silesian Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1981 as part of the Silesian Philharmonic Orchestra; it performs regularly in Poland, Switzerland and Germany.
Winner – Congratulations!
The violinist Piotr Pławner received on March 8 the Fryderyk Award, the highest Polish Music Prize, for his recording of the two violin concertos by Emil Młynarski with the Philharmonic Orchestra Łódż (Dux).
Another prize was awarded to the compilation “100 Years of Polish Music” (PWM) with the Symphony No. 4 by Grażyna Bacewicz, recorded by Ewa Strusińska and the Sinfonia Varsovia.
New recording from Piotr Plawner on the label DUX: violin concertos by Emil Młynarski
Emil Młynarski (1870 – 1935) was the founding father of Polish musical life in the 20th century. As the first conductor of the new Warsaw Philharmonic (1901), he became legendary as a conductor and teacher, and also as a composer and violinist. His two violin concertos have now been recorded by Piotr Pławner with the Artur Rubinstein Philharmonie Łodz (Młynarski also happened to be Rubinstein’s father-in-law). This is another of Piotr Pławner‘s tireless recording activity in favour of little-known but highly impressive treasures of the music of his Polish homeland. Available at:
Tosca in Görlitz – on February 22nd, 2020 – an irresistible attraction for the public
The new production of Puccini’s „Tosca“ at the Gerhart Hauptmann Theater Görlitz/Zittau aroused real enthusiasm in the audience. Jens Daniel Schubert wrote in the Sächsische Zeitung of February 24: „In this opera, Ewa Strusińska is totally in her element. She plunges entirely into the music and irresistibly leads the way for the singers and orchestra“.
„Richly composed work“ – Shao-Chia Lü at the Staatsorchester Oldenburg on Feb. 2 and 3, 2020
After concerts in Macau and Taipei, Shao-Chia Lü was back in Germany for two concerts with the Staatsorchester Oldenburg. Besides Ravel’s „Ma mère l’oye“ and the trombone concerto by Henri Tomasi with soloist Frederic Belli, Lü had chosen a rarity for the program: the Suite for orchestra No. 3 by Piotr Tchaikovsky.
Horst Hollmann wrote on NWZonline (Feb. 3, 2020): „Everything was worth it because of the music and its rendering. The guest conductor Shao-Chia Lü, Music Director of the Taiwan National Symphony Orchestra and previously in the same position with important orchestras in Germany, expressly wished to conduct this richly composed work in Oldenburg. Lü is a man of inspiring, elegantly circular movements, with which he and the orchestra advance through a score of enormously dynamic and many-coloured depths and breadths. The result is a wonderful balance between the sound as a whole and the solo passages. … Earlier on in the concert, ‚Ma Mère l’oye‘ – also a suite – proved how successful exceptionally filigrane and fine-tuned form can be.
Philip Glass and Piotr Pławner at Naxos
After many years, a new recording of Philip Glass‘s second violin concerto „The American Four Seasons“ was released this month on the label Naxos. The concerto evokes the Baroque spirit of early 18th-century violin tradition. Piotr Pławner who has been performing the music of Philip Glass‘ for over 10 years now, says: „In my opinion, ‚The American Four Seasons‘ is one of the most significant works of recent years. I feel increasingly connected with the very unique meditative energy of this music“. He is accompanied by the Bern Chamber Orchestra under Philippe Bach and for the violin sonata – also on the recording – by pianist Gerardo Vila.