Design: Frank Fienbork & Nicole Elsenbach
  • Richard Wagner

    Richard Wagner's (born on May 22th 1813 in Leipzig) music dramas had an extremely polarizing effect on his contemporaries. While half the public was completely drawn into the emotional power of his works, the other half found his music and his…


  • Sergei Rakhmaninov

    Sergei Rakhmaninov, one of the greatest pianists of all time and one of the most outstanding melodists amongst composers, was born at Oneg, near Novgorod, on 20 March 1873 (1 April New Style), into a musical family. In 1888 Rakhmaninov began to study…

    "Die Toteninsel" ( The Isle of the Dead)

  • Intermission

  • Claude Debussy

    Claude Debussy, born on August 22nd 1862 in St.-Germain-en-Laye, was first a glowing admirer of Richard Wagner, but soon turned away from the German musical tradition to develop a French national musical idiom. The style he arrived at was called…

    "Prélude à `L'Après-midi d’un Faune´"

  • Alexander Skryabin

    Alexander Skryabin


    With his vision of synæsthetic artistic events, that is to say ones that address the entire system of human sensory perception, Alexander Skryabin, pianist, writer, philosopher and eccentric universal genius, went down in…

    "Le Poème de l´Extase" ("The Poem of Ecstasy"), Opus 54

  • Jukka-Pekka Saraste Conductor

    Jukka-Pekka Saraste has established himself as one of the outstanding conductors of his generation, demonstrating remarkable musical depth and integrity. Born in Heinola, Finland, he began his career as a violinist before training as a conductor with…

Lorenzo Viotti had to cancel the concerts scheduled for Thursday, Friday and Saturday this week due to illness. Jukka-Pekka Saraste is able to step in on short notice and without any changes of program.