Hartmann’s Gesangsszene with Gerhaher, Berliner Philharmoniker and Petrenko in September 2023 in Berlin and Munich

Karl Amadeus Hartmann’s apocalyptic last work Gesangsszene for baritone and orchestra will be performed four times in Berlin and Munich. As part of the Berliner Festspiele’s Musikfest Berlin, baritone Christian Gerhaher and the Berliner Philharmoniker conducted by Kirill Petrenko will interpret the work on September 14th, 15th and 16th in the Berlin Philharmonie.

The series will conclude with a performance as part of the räsonanz Stifterkonzerte on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation (cooperation musica viva of the BR) on September 17th at the Isarphilharmonie in Munich.

The programme also includes works by Iannis Xenakis, György Kurtág and a world premiere by Márton Illés.



Award of honorary membership to Patricia Kopatchinskaja

In recognition of her outstanding services to the work of Karl Amadeus Hartmann, the most important german-speaking symphonist of the 20th century and founder of the musica viva concert series, the Karl Amadeus Hartmann Society has awarded honorary membership to Patricia Kopatchinskaja at a conversation concert on June 25, 2023. For more information, please see the attached press release.

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«Mara tanzt durch München» – digital family concert of the Nationaltheater Mannheim

Animated film (Ernesto Lucas) with music by Karl Amadeus Hartmann

Interesting new CD releases at Challenge Records

The deserving Dutch label Challenge Classics has ensured that the Hartmann discography has been enriched by some significant contributions.

A new complete recording of Hartmann’s eight symphonies with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic was released in early 2014. These are live recordings under the direction of conductors Ingo Metzmacher, Christoph Poppen, Michael Schönwandt, Markus Stenz, Osmo Vänskä and James Gaffigan – on three SACDs. The FONO FORUM spoke of a “new reference” in view of the consistently outstanding artistic and tonal quality of the recordings.

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A new recording of Hartmann’s opera “Simplicius Simplicissimus” (in the revised version of 1957) was also made with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic. The title role is sung by Juliane Banse, Markus Stenz stands at the podium of the orchestra. This recording is based on a live performance on November 24, 2012 at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam.

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Finally, violinist Linus Roth presents his interpretation of the “Concerto funebre” on Challenge Classics – coupled with works by Mieczyslaw Weinberg as well as the first recording of an unfinished violin sonata by Dmitri Shostakovich.

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YouTube interview with Linus Roth about this CD