Franz Liszt

Franz Liszt was born in 1811 in the Hungarian farm village of Dobjan (or Raisting) and died in 1886 in the festival city of Bayreuth in the aura of his unloved son-in-law Richard Wagner. After a glorious career as a piano virtuoso, that took him all...  more

"Mazeppa", Symphonic Poem

Benjamin Britten

Benjamin Britten was born in Lowestoft in 1913. His mother, a keen amateur singer, was thrilled that her youngest was born on 22 November: the feast day of St Cecilia, the patron saint of music. She hoped he would – after Bach, Beethoven and Brahms –...  more

Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, Opus 31

Im Frühjahr 1939 kehrte Benjamin Britten an der Seite des Tenors Peter Pears seiner englischen Heimat den Rücken zu, um sich in Amerika eine neue künstlerische Existenz aufzubauen. Ihr Heimweh ließ beide mitten im Zweiten Weltkrieg jedoch wieder nach...

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Intermission

Max Reger

Besides Richard Strauss, Reger (born: 19th March 1873) numbers among the leading composers before the First World War. Reger's first recognition came about through his highly sophisticated and technically masterful organ pieces, such as the "Fantasy...  more

"A Romantic Suite", Opus 125

 

Constantinos Carydis, conductor

"All that he does turns to musical gold. He is highly imaginative and perceptive, meticulous in preparation, equally accomplished in opera and symphonic music." are the words of Musical America when describing Constantinos Carydis. Upcoming...  more

Andrew Staples, tenor

Andrew Staples sang as a chorister in St Paul’s Cathedral before winning a Choral Scholarship to King’s College Cambridge, where he gained a degree in Music. Andrew was the first recipient of the RCM Peter Pears Scholarship, sponsored by the Britten...  more

Jörg Brückner, horn

Jörg Brückner was born in 1971 in Leipzig and began his training as a horn player in 1985 at the "Belevedere" Special School of Music in Weimar. Between 1989-1992 he studied with Rainer Heimbuch and Karl Biehlig at the "Franz Liszt" Academy of Music...  more