• Zoltán Kodály

    Zoltán Kodály was born on December 16, 1882 as son of a railroad official in Kecskemét, Hungary and spent his youth in various Hungarian villages, where he became familiar with Hungarian folk music. His father played the violin, his mother played the…

    "Dances of Galánta "

    Die Dances of Galánta sind mit das populärste Orchesterwerk Kodálys überhaupt. Als er 1933 für das 80-jährige Jubiläum der Budapester Philharmonischen Gesellschaft das Orchesterstück komponierte, verwendete er Klangeindrücke der Zigeunerkapelle von…

  • Lera Auerbach

    A renaissance artist for modern times, Lera Auerbach is a widely recognized conductor, pianist, and composer. She is also a published poet and an exhibited visual artist. All of her work is interconnected as part of a cohesive and comprehensive…

    Konzert für Violoncello und Orchester, commissioned work and premiere

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  • Franz Schubert

    With the compositions of Franz Schubert, a new sound entered music history: a cantabile tenderness, which, time and again, completely unexpectedly shifts into an evocation of dark depression and fateful, inescapable catastrophe. These abrupt mood…

    Symphony No. 7 in B minor, D. 759 "Unfinished"

    "My products are present in a knowledge of music and in my pain…” This entry in Schubert’s diary in March of 1824 applies especially to the character of his Seventh Symphony. The typically romantic suffering from this world, the sense of inadequacy…

  • Maurice Ravel

    Maurice Ravel, born on March 7th 1875 in Ciboure, Basses-Pyrénées, is one of the 20th century composers who worked less as destroyers than as renewers of traditional forms and techniques. His great role model was Mozart, but he likewise had great…

    "La Valse", Poème chorégraphique pour orchestre

    As early as 1906, Maurice Ravel had planned the composition of a waltz as an homage to Johann Strauss, but not until 1919 did "La valse", described in its subtitle as a "Choreographic Poem" and apostrophized by Ravel as "Apotheosis of a Viennese…

  • Giedrė Šlekytė Conductor

    Born in Vilnius, Lithuania, Giedrė Šlekytė began her musical education at the National Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis Art-School in Vilnius. She went on to study conducting at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, the Academy of…

  • Gautier Capuçon Cello

    Gautier Capuçon is a true 21st century ambassador for the cello. Performing internationally with many of the world's foremost conductors and instrumentalists, he is also founder and leader of the Classe d'Excellence de Violoncelle at the Fondation…