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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New CD release: “Ghetto Lullaby” with Yeseul Moon (piano)

The South Korean pianist Yeseul Moon (*1992) released a CD on MDG on 10.02.2023 in which she recorded works by Karl Amadeus Hartmann, Gilead Mishory and Christopher Tarnow. In particular, she interprets Hartmann’s three-movement Piano Sonata “27 April 1945” as well as an early version of the Scherzo from the Piano Sonata “27 April 1945”.

Congratulations to Yeseul Moon for this fantastic recording!


For more information and to purchase the CD, please visit:



Excerpt of reviews:

Klaus Friedrich (in CLASS: aktuell-Magazin 2023/Nr. 1, p. 6): The crime of the Holocaust and the world war remains inconceivable. In a poignant new recording, Yeseul Moon explores three very different artistic approaches to horror. The piano works by Karl Amadeus Hartmann, Gilead Mishory and Christopher Tarnow get right under your skin, even without a pointed finger.

Hartmann himself was an eyewitness: the harrowing sight of a trek of survivors from the Dachau concentration camp was the occasion for the composition of the piano sonata “27 April 1945”, which takes up what he saw with indescribable intensity and can be heard here in the revised version. In the touching “Funeral March” he quotes the workers’ song “Brothers, to the Sun, to Freedom”.

Gilead Mishory’s “Escape Pieces” interpret the award-winning novel of the same name by Anne Michaels. The story of the boy Jakob Beer, who loses his entire family in the Holocaust, is interlaced many times in place and time. Mishory takes up these complex images with the help of associative motifs and quotations – a grandiose interpretation of the poetic template!

Christopher Tarnow also takes his cue from a literary model: Hermann Hesse’s texts express an extreme sadness, which Tarnow translates musically in very different ways – as a simple melody or as a “sunken” song. Yeseul Moon audibly takes personal consternation to heart with grandiose expressiveness.

With the Scherzo from the early version of Hartmann’s Sonata, which quotes the “Internationale”, she succeeds in a brilliant conclusion to this programme, which is as fascinating as it is very intense to listen to.


More reviews of the CD:

https://klassik-festival.de/musikalische-trauerarbeit (Martin Demmler)

http://www.opushd.net/article?article=3264 (french: Jean-Jacques Millo and translated into english by Lawrence Schulman)

http://www.klassik-heute.de/4daction/www_medien_einzeln?id=24305&CDS30 (Martin Blaumeiser)

BR Symphony Orchestra interprets Hartmanns Symphony Nr. 4 for string orchestra on 20./21. of April

The BR Symphony Orchestra will perform some exciting and rarely played works from the 20th century at the Isarphilharmonie on 20./21. April (beginning at 8 pm). Tabea Zimmermann, currently the BRSO’s Artist in Residence, will conduct the concert from the viola. Karl Amadeus Hartmanns Symphony Nr. 4 for string orchestra(1938, rev. 1946-48) will open the concert. After Hartmann composed the work in 1938 as a symphony for string orchestra and soprano, however, there was initially no opportunity to perform it, as his compositions were considered “degenerate art” under the Nazis. Hartmann later reworked the work into his purely instrumental Fourth Symphony in 1946/1947, which finally premiered in Munich on 2. April 1948 with the “Radio Orchestra and guests of the Munich Philharmonic” conducted by Hans Rosbaud. The other works of the evening are “Lachrymae – Reflections on a Song of Dowland”, op. 48a for solo viola and string orchestra by Benjamin Britten (1976) and Dmitri Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony for String Orchestra, op. 110a after the String Quartet No. 8.

The concert will also be broadcasted live on the radio programme BR-Klassik on Friday, 21 April at 8 pm and will be available afterwards as audio at br-klassik.de.

The programme booklet and further information and tickets can be found at: https://www.br-so.de/tabea-zimmermann-p48663/

new initiative: hartmannforum 2023 for young musicologists


The Karl Amadeus Hartmann-Gesellschaft/Hartmann-Center is organizing the hartmannforum for the first time on 29 November 2023, thus initiating a new platform for the promotion of young musicologists in German-speaking countries. The scientific conference hartmannforum will be held in the premises of the Karl Amadeus Hartmann-Gesellschaft/Hartmann-Center in Franz-Joseph-Str. 20 80801 Munich. The overarching theme is Karl Amadeus Hartmann’s Gesangsszene for baritone and orchestra to words from “Sodom and Gomorrha” by Jean Giraudoux. The lecture evening will comprise two contributions of approx. 45 min to max. one hour in length, one of which will deal with the Gesangsszene in a music-analytical way and the other in a music-historical way.


The call for applications is specifically aimed at people who have already obtained a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Music degree in musicology or music studies and were born after 29 November 1993. All information on the hartmannforum can be found in the call for papers, which you can download below. Please note, that the hartmannforum is going to be held in german.


The application deadline is 01.05.2023 at 23:59 CET (digital receipt via email). Applications received after this date cannot be considered. The winners will be notified by e-mail no later than 01.07.2023.


If you have any questions, please contact Ms Marion Lutsch (marion.lutsch@hartmann-gesellschaft.de).


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On the death of Friedrich Cerha

The Karl Amadeus Hartmann-Gesellschaft/Hartmann-Center mourns the death of its founding member Friedrich Cerha. The important Austrian composer and conductor died on 14 February in his hometown of Vienna just a few days before his 97th birthday. Cerha was a lifelong advocate of the performance of New Music and in 1958 he co-founded the Viennese ensemble “die reihe”, which under his baton gave international performances of the works of the Viennese School in particular.

The Karl Amadeus Hartmann-Gesellschaft/Hartmann-Center will always honour the memory of Friedrich Cerha.




Brigitte Helbig (ensemble hartmann 21) has been awarded the Bayerische Kunstförderpreis 2022

Brigitte Helbig, born in Munich in 1991, began playing the piano at the age of four and later studied in Munich, Paris and Vienna. For her interpretation of contemporary music, she received a sponsorship award from the IBK (Internationale Bodensee Konferenz) and a music scholarship from the LH Munich. Since 2017, she has also been working on the premiere recording of the complete piano works of Hans Winterberg (Toccata Classics), a Holocaust survivor. In addition to contemporary solo repertoire, she is particularly dedicated to the works of female composers (concert series “Starke Frauen – Starke Stücke”). As a founding member of our ensemble hartmann21, she also regularly interprets modern as well as contemporary chamber music. We are looking forward to further exciting concert evenings with her at the Karl Amadeus Hartmann-Gesellschaft.

Congratulations, Brigitte Helbig!


„Funkelnde Sterne am bayerischen Musikhimmel“: Kunstförderpreise 2022 in der Sparte „Musik“ (bayern.de)

Our ensemble hartmann21 as guest at the MGNM music festival on 24.09.2022 at the Schwere Reiter

At the invitation of the Munich Society for New Music (MGNM), our ensemble hartmann21 will participate in this year’s music festival on September 24, 2022 at the Schwere Reiter Munich. The program includes works for viola, treble zither, accordion and piano by Uroš Rojko, Manfred Stahnke and a new work by Hans-Henning Ginzel (premiere). For more info on Musikfest and ticketing, visit: www.schwerereiter.de

Karl Amadeus Hartmann’s “Concerto funebre” with Kopatchinskaja, Petrenko and Berliner Philharmoniker in the Digital Concert Hall

In September 2021 Patricia Kopatchinskaja (violin) interpreted Karl Amadeus Hartmann’s violin concerto “Concerto funebre” with the Berliner Philharmoniker under the baton of our honorary member Kirill Petrenko. The live recording of the acclaimed concerts can now be heard in the Digital Concert Hall. The recording is supplemented by interviews with the performers.


Igor Levit with Hartmann’s Piano Sonata “27 April 1945” at the Salzburg Festival 2022

On 25 July 2022 (beginning: 7.30 p.m.) Igor Levit will interpret Karl Amadeus Hartmann’s great piano sonata “27 April 1945” at the Salzburg Festival. Hartmann composed his work under the immediate impression of the death march of the prisoners from Dachau concentration camp on 27 April 1945 in Kempfenhausen, where Karl Amadeus Hartmann was hiding.

A cleverly composed programme entitled “In memoriam” will also feature Paul Dessau’s “Guernica – Piano Piece after Picasso”, Dmitri Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 8 in C minor op. 110 – “In Memory of the Victims of Fascism and War” and Alfred Schnittke’s “Requiem for Solos, Choir and Chamber Ensemble”.

In addition to Igor Levit, the Hagen Quartet, the musicAeterna Choir and the Ensemble musicAeterna will perform under the direction of Gregor A. Mayrhofer.