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  • Anton Webern

    Along with his teacher, Arnold Schönberg, and Alban Berg, Anton Webern (born on December 12th 1883 in Vienna) formed the so-called "Second Viennese School", which made a major contribution to the development of modern music in the 20th century. Like…

    Passacaglia Opus 1

    Bearing in mind the high regard Arnold Schönberg had for craftsmanlike skill and masterful soundness in the command of traditional forms, and how much he admired the retrospective composing of a Johannes Brahms, we can attest to the wisdom of the…

  • Robert Schumann

    Robert Schumann, born on June 8th 1810 in Zwickau, actually wanted to become a pianist, but had to give up this plan because of a hand injury caused by excessive practicing. Until 1840, he exclusively composed works for piano and art songs, before…

    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D minor WoO 23

  • Intermission

  • Wolfgang Rihm

    Born in 1952 in Karlsruhe and still resident there, German composer Wolfgang Rihm has been a major influence on the international composing scene for decades. His works are presented with great success all over the world, and he has also expressed…

    "Verwandlung" für Orchester

  • Richard Strauss

    The composer Richard Strauss, born on June 11th 1864 in Munich, was one of the most multi-faceted musical personalities of the late 19th and early to mid-20th centuries. While his early works were couched in traditional classic forms and genres, in…

    "Tod und Verklärung" (Death and Transfiguration), Opus 24

    "Dear God, what crime have we committed that you should send us this scourge. It will be a long time before we are rid of it," an orchestra musician in the Weimar world première of Strauss´s tone poem "Don Juan" lamented regarding his demands on the…

  • François-Xavier Roth Conductor

    François-Xavier Roth (born Paris, 1971), one of the most charismatic and enterprising conductors of his generation is General Music Director of the City of Cologne, leading both the Gürzenich Orchestra and the Opera. His repertoire ranges from music…

  • Isabelle Faust Violin

    Isabelle Faust captivates her audience with her compelling interpretations. She dives deep into

    every piece considering the musical historical context, historically appropriate instruments and

    the greatest possible authenticity according to a…