Programme

    • Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
    • Symphony No. 8 in F major op. 93
    • Ludwig van Beethoven
    • Symphony No. 9 in D minor op. 125

Conductor

Paavo Järvi

Estonian conductor and Grammy Award winner Paavo Järvi has been Artistic Director of The Deutsche Kammer­philharmonie Bremen, his only German orchestra, since 2004. One highlight of the collaboration were the celebrated concerts of the Beethoven cycle, which received critical acclaim worldwide. Järvi received numerous awards for the recordings, including the ›Echo Klassik‹ as ›Conductor of the Year‹ and the prestigious ›Annual Prize of the German Record Critics‹.

Following the Beethoven project, he and the orchestra tackled the symphonic works of Schumann and Brahms, which received similarly enthusiastic reviews. Paavo Järvi is also Principal Conductor of the NHK Symphony Orchestra, Artistic Advisor to the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and the Järvi Summer Festival in Pärnu, Estonia, and since 2019/20 Artistic Director of the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich. He regularly makes appearances as guest conductor with orchestras such as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonic orchestras, the Staatskappelle Dresden and the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago and the Los Angeles Symphony Orchestra. In 2015, he was named ›Artist of the Year‹ by the renowned British magazine Gramophone and the French magazine Diapason. In 2019, he received the ›Opus Klassik‹ as ›Conductor of the Year‹.

Soprano

Christina Landshamer

Born in Munich, Christina Landshamer is a worldwide sought-after concert, opera and lieder singer. She studied at the Munich College of Music and Drama as well as at the Stuttgart College of Music and Performing Arts. Her work with conductors such as Daniel Harding, Kent Nagano, Sir Roger Norrington, Stéphane Denève and Riccardo Chailly has seen her perform with the most important orchestras not only in Europe but also in The United States and Canada, where she has performed with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, The Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra.

Christina Landshamer sang her first opera roles with the Stuttgart State Opera and The Comic Opera Berlin. She played Clarice in Haydn’s ›Il Mondo Della Luna‹ with Nikolaus Harnoncourt at the Theater an der Wien, later giving her debut at the Salzburg Festival as Frasquita in ›Carmen‹ with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. In recent years, Landshamer has appeared in performances at many concert halls across Europe and The United States. She has given several performances of Mahler’s Second Symphony ‘Resurrection’ with Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, which was also recorded for release on CD. Her extensive discography ranges from the Haydn Oratorios to Bizet’s ›Carmen‹. With her warm, lyric soprano voice, Christina Landshamer is an ideal Lieder singer and has already featured at the Schwarzenberg Schubertiad and at London’s Wigmore Hall.

Mezzo-soprano

Annely Peebo

Tenor

Maximilian Schmitt

Maximilian Schmitt discovered his love of music at a very early age while a member of the Regensburg boys’ choir The Domspatzen. He completed his vocal studies at the Berlin School of the Arts with Anke Eggers. This tenor gained his earliest stage experience while a member of the Bavarian State Opera Children’s Ensemble in Munich and also at the Mannheim National Theatre. Today, Maximilian Schmitt a regular guest on the great international concert stages. His broad repertoire ranges from Monteverdi, through Mozart to Mendelssohn, Elgar, Mahler and Britten.

Invited by conductors such as Franz Welser-Möst, Daniel Harding, Thomas Hengelbrock, Teodor Currentzis, Fabio Luisi and Trevor Pinnock,  Maximilian Schmitt has already performed with orchestras such as the Tonhalle Orchestra Zuurich, The Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra and the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig.

Maximilian Schmitt opened his 2019/20 season with a new production of Schumann’s Paradies und Peri at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo. He can also be heard in a performance of Haydn’s Creation with the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, as well as in performances of Bach’s St Matthew Passion in Amsterdam and Rotterdam. In addition, Maximilian Schmitt will also be appearing in a new production of Humperdinck’s The King’s Children at Graz Opera.

Bass baritone

Hanno Müller-Brachmann

Choir

Vocalensemble Rastatt

»Its sound is akin to pure gold«, were the words used by the American journal ›American Record Guide‹ to describe the internationally active vocal ensemble from the Baroque town of Rastatt in Baden Wurttemberg. With its charismatic founder and Artistic Director Holger Speck, this ensemble is at the top of its class, representing excellence, vitality and authenticity in the genre of oratorio and choral music. This great reputation is as grounded in stylistically and historically informed interpretations as it is on the passionate and emotional flair with which the choir performs.

Conductor Holger Speck – Professor at the Karlsruhe College of Music and simultaneously an internationally sought after guest conductor – remains true to the aesthetic characteristics of the epoch as well as successfully conveying the emotional content of the music. The choir, chosen as Germany’s cultural ambassador at the G20 political summit, honoured its estimable reputation and unmistakable quality, both of which were strongly in evidence in the recent performance at the Festspielhaus in Baden-Baden. In addition, this Rastatt ensemble has also received a Grammy nomination for its participation in Mozart’s ›Figaro‹ production at Deutsche Grammophon.

Conductor

Paavo Järvi

Estonian conductor and Grammy Award winner Paavo Järvi has been Artistic Director of The Deutsche Kammer­philharmonie Bremen, his only German orchestra, since 2004. One highlight of the collaboration were the celebrated concerts of the Beethoven cycle, which received critical acclaim worldwide. Järvi received numerous awards for the recordings, including the ›Echo Klassik‹ as ›Conductor of the Year‹ and the prestigious ›Annual Prize of the German Record Critics‹.

Following the Beethoven project, he and the orchestra tackled the symphonic works of Schumann and Brahms, which received similarly enthusiastic reviews. Paavo Järvi is also Principal Conductor of the NHK Symphony Orchestra, Artistic Advisor to the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and the Järvi Summer Festival in Pärnu, Estonia, and since 2019/20 Artistic Director of the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich. He regularly makes appearances as guest conductor with orchestras such as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonic orchestras, the Staatskappelle Dresden and the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago and the Los Angeles Symphony Orchestra. In 2015, he was named ›Artist of the Year‹ by the renowned British magazine Gramophone and the French magazine Diapason. In 2019, he received the ›Opus Klassik‹ as ›Conductor of the Year‹.

Mezzo-soprano

Annely Peebo

Bass baritone

Hanno Müller-Brachmann