Andrew Manze and the NDR Radiophilharmonie tour to China
This November, the NDR Radiophilharmonie and Chief Conductor Andrew Manze are joined by clarinettist Martin Fröst for a six-concert tour around China.
The tour comes three years after the Orchestra's last visit to East Asia, where they journeyed through China and South Korea, covering over 25,000 kilometers over the course of two weeks. The players and conductor were consistently impressed by concert hall acoustics and technologies, as well as the warm reception from local audiences.
On the Orchestra’s 2019 return to China, Manze says:
"After our last visit to China in 2016, the Orchestra and I are hugely looking forward to returning. I remember our hosts, the old buildings and parks, and the sheer size of the cities. But it’s the listeners I remember most vividly, many of them as familiar with European classical music as our home audience in Hannover, and clearly some listeners new to it. We will play symphonies by Beethoven, the composer who first drew me to classical music. The NDR Radiophilharmonie is sounding better than ever, fresh from the London Proms and a Beethoven cycle in Germany, so I hope we will share our love for this music with many old and even more new friends."
The Orchestra will rediscover venues such as Tianjin Grand Theatre and Harbin Grand Theatre (located in the remote northern Chinese province of Heilongjiang), where they were one of the first visiting orchestras to perform after the venue opened in 2015. They will also perform in the iconic NCPA Beijing for the final concert of the tour.
A particular highlight of the journey will be the performances in Shanghai Grand Theatre, as part of the closing ceremony of the Shanghai International Arts Festival.
15 November 2019 – Gansu Grand Theatre, Lanzhou
17 November 2019 – Shanghai Grand Theatre, Shanghai
20 November 2019 – Harbin Grand Theatre, Harbin
22 November 2019 – International Culture Exchange Centre of The Silk Road, Langfang
23 November 2019 – Tianjin Grand Theatre, Tianjin
24 November 2019 – National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing
Watch below for a mini-documentary about the Orchestra and Manze's last tour to Asia, also organised by Intermusica:
Andrew Manze brings NDR Radiophilharmonie to London for first ever Prom in Beethoven-themed 'night before the Last Night'
This evening, for the penultimate night of the 2019 BBC Proms, Andrew Manze brings his NDR Radophilharmonie to London for a concert centered around the music of Beethoven.
Continuing Proms founder Henry Wood’s tradition of an annual Beethoven-themed evening, the composer’s revolutionary Fifth Symphony provides the climax of a programme that also includes music from his dramatic ‘rescue’ opera Fidelo and aria 'Ah! perfido', both performed by soprano Elizabeth Watts.
Manze presents these works alongside Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks, as well as Elgar’s orchestration of Fantasia and Fugue in C minor for organ; bringing together Wood and Beethoven’s shared love of Bach.
The concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 in the UK and NDR Kultur in Germany, both featuring interviews with Manze during the interval.
As the NDR Radiophilharmonie’s debut appearance at the BBC Proms, and first London appearance since November 2017, the concert marks a major milestone in Manze’s five-year tenure. Since his appointment of Chief Conductor in September 2014, Manze has toured the orchestra across Europe and led them in concerts in China and South Korea.
Manze recently had his contract with the NDR Radiophilharmonie extended, for the third time, until September 2023. In the 2019/20 season, he and the orchestra return to China to play concerts in Beijing, NCPA, and Shanghai, Grand Theatre, amongst other major cities. They also continue to perform across Germany and will visit Poland for the first time.
In a film for the NDR, Manze talks about what he's particularly looking forward to about bringing his orchestra to the Proms for the very first time:
"I'm so looking forward to seeing the Radiophilharmonie's reaction when they walk on stage and realise that hundreds, thousands of people are STANDING to listen to them! It's a great honour to be asked to the Proms at all - every orchestra wants to go there - but especially a great honour to do this 'Night before the Last Night'."
Watch the video here.
All in the space of 7 days: International Touring team brings four major orchestras to the leading summer music festivals
Intermusica’s International Touring team will be kept busy this week as they bring two world-class orchestras to the BBC Proms: the Czech Philharmonic and NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover. In the same 7-day stretch, the team will tour the Oslo Philharmonic and Aurora Orchestra to Europe for the last of the 2019 summer festival performances.
Taking the recent British Airways strikes in their stride, the team welcome the Czech Philharmonic to London on Tuesday 10 September to perform their first Prom in five years, with Chief Conductor and Music Director Semyon Bychkov. Fittingly, the Orchestra will present a mixed programme of Czech-Russian repertoire including Smetana’s well-known Overture and three dances from his comic opera The Bartered Bride, and Shostakovich’s war-inspired Symphony No.8, described by the composer as a ‘poem of suffering’.
Three days later, Andrew Manze will arrive in London with the NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover to give their debut BBC Proms concert. Their programme includes Bach, Handel and Beethoven, culminating in Beethoven’s revolutionary Fifth Symphony. It was announced earlier this year that Manze’s contract with the NDR, as Chief Conductor, would be extended until 2023, such is his successful rapport with the players and local audiences. Click here to watch Manze talk about the forthcoming Prom.
While Manze and the NDR enjoy the spotlight at the Royal Albert Hall, the Touring team is magically splitting themselves into three to coordinate two other tours on the very same day: the Oslo Philharmonic in Bucharest, and Aurora Orchestra in Bremen.
The Oslo Philharmonic, who celebrate their centenary this year, travel to Bucharest's Enescu Festival for concerts of Norwegian music, including the premier of Øyvind Torvund Symphonic Poem No.1: Forest Morning, and Greig Piano Concerto with Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes. Their second performance, on Saturday 14 September, is part of the festival’s 'Great Orchestras of the World' series; here they will perform Enescu Sinfonia Concertante for cello and orchestra with cellist Johannes Moser, and Tchaikovsky Symphony No.5.
Meanwhile in Germany, Aurora Orchestra appear in the finale of Musikfest Bremen. Led by founder and Principal Conductor Nicholas Collon, they will perform Beethoven Violin Concerto with Leonidas Kavakos alongside an ambitious memorised performance of Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique, the latest in a series of remarkable performances in which Collon and the players eschew all scores. It is the first time that Kavakos will work with this innovative orchestra and promises to be an exhilarating conclusion to an intense week of global music-making.
Andrew Manze makes his conducting debut at Salzburg Festival with Camerata Salzburg & Mozarteum Orchestra
This month, Andrew Manze makes his long-awaited Salzburg Festival debut conducting both the Camerata Salzburg and Mozarteum Orchestra.
On 5 August, Manze and the Salzburg Camerata present a concert of works by Mozart and his father: Leopold Mozart Litaniae Lauretanae; Mozart Adagio and Allegro; and Mozart C minor Mass with stellar soloists including Carolyn Sampson, Marianne Beate Kielland, Benjamin Bruns and Douglas Williams.
On 10 and 11 August, Manze conducts a Mozart Matinee concert with the Mozarteum Orchestra featuring Divertimento in B flat, Symphony in G minor and Piano Concerto No. 27 with fellow Intermusica artist Francesco Piemontesi as soloist.
The Salzburg Festival follows Manze’s highly praised appearance at Mostly Mozart Festival in New York which was favourably reviewed in the New York Times. Other highlights this season included debuting with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and completing a Vaughan Williams symphony cycle with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra on the Onyx record label.
“...unsurpassed, and quite possibly unsurpassable”: critical accaim for Andrew Manze's Vaughan Williams symphony cycle
Andrew Manze's recordings of Vaughan Williams' complete symphony cycle with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (RLPO) has received a glowing review in The Telegraph, with Simon Heffer commending the recording’s “clarity of sound” as well as Manze’s “superior understanding” of the works and “uncanny ability to bring out individual instruments… exactly where required”. Describing the series as “unsurpassed, and quite possibly unsurpassable”, Heffer urges that “no one who wishes to understand the greatness of Vaughan Williams should be without these recordings.”
In May, Manze and the RLPO brought their Vaughan Williams symphony cycle to a close, pairing ‘Sinfonia Antartica’ No. 7 with the enigmatic Symphony No. 9. The five-year project saw Manze and the Orchestra, for whom he is Principal Guest Conductor, record and release five albums for Onyx, which were each met with great acclaim.
The review in The Telegraph comes in just a week after Manze’s review in the New York Times, and only builds excitement for NDR Radiophilharmonie’s debut at the BBC Proms on 13 September. Manze has been Chief Conductor of the Hannover-based orchestra since 2014, and has recently had his position extended until 2023.
Manze returns to the RLPO this winter, conducting Nina Ashton in Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto, Yoel Eum Son in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, as well as symphonic works by Beethoven, Haydn and Bruckner, and Beethoven’s Missa solemnis.
Andrew Manze & the NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover bring their season to a close
Andrew Manze and the NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover bring their season to a close this week with a Czech-themed series of concerts in Hannover and Hamburg from 13 June 2019. The two concerts in Hannover on 13 and 14 June see Manze conduct a programme of Smetana Die Moldau and the Overture to The Bartered Bride either side of Martinů Violin Concerto No.2 with soloist Frank Peter Zimmermann. Manze brings the concerts to a close with Mozart Symphony No.38 in D major ‘Prague’. The concert on 13 June will be broadcast live on NDR Kultur.
On 15 June, Manze and the orchestra travel to Hamburg for two concerts at the city’s Elbphilharmonie. Manze again conducts Smetana Die Moldau and Mozart Symphony No.38, this time bookending Haydn Trumpet Concerto in E flat major with soloist Simon Höfele.
The concerts mark the end of Manze’s fifth season as the orchestra’s Chief Conductor. He recently extended his tenure for a third time until the summer of 2023 – click here for more information.
Andrew Manze steps in to conduct Holst & Mozart with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Andrew Manze steps in at the last minute this week to conduct two concerts with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra on 16 and 17 May 2019. Manze conducts the orchestra in a programme of Holst The Planets alongside Mozart Piano Concerto No.27 in B major with soloist Paul Lewis.
The concert opens with the premiere of Undulating Blue by Swedish composer Katarina Leyman, a piece inspired by water and the predominant colour of the oceans as seen from space.
The following week, Manze conducts the Camerata Salzburg in concerts with Joshua Bell in Salzburg, Dresden and Vienna.
Intermusica at the 125th BBC Proms
The BBC have announced the programme for the 125th BBC Proms, launching eight weeks of music-making of the highest quality, over 80 concerts and a host of world premieres. The festival also marks 150 years since the birth of Proms founder Sir Henry Wood and the 50th anniversary of the moon landings. As ever, Intermusica is well represented at the festival, with 24 artists taking part and our International Touring team bringing two world-class orchestras to the London stage. All concerts will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and several will be televised on BBC Four. See below for full details.
Mark Wigglesworth is joined by Nicola Benedetti and the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain on 25 July. Wigglesworth conducts the London premiere of Lera Auerbach Icarus (2011) followed by Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto and Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet Suite. The concert will be televised on BBC Four on 28 July.
Simon Halsey and his numerous choirs feature throughout the Proms. On 29 July, the BBC Proms Youth Choir joins Omer Meir Wellber and the BBC Philharmonic for Haydn The Creation. Halsey then prepares the singers of the London Symphony Chorus and Orfeó Català as they join Sir Simon Rattle and the LSO to perform Walton Belshazzar’s Feast on 20 August. The concert will be shown on BBC Four on 23 August. Finally, more than 600 singers will unite for the European premiere of John Luther Adams In the Name of the Earth (2018) on 8 September.
On 2 August, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Thomas Dausgaard perform Sir James MacMillan The Confession of Isobel Gowdie, which premiered at the Proms nearly 30 years ago in 1990. The concert will be televised live on BBC Four. MacMillan is currently celebrating his 60th birthday with a year of special performances – visit jamesmacmillan.co.uk to see the full MacMillan at 60 calendar.
Ben Gernon and the BBC Philharmonic (where he is Principal Guest Conductor) give two performances. On 5 August, Gernon conducts a programme of Malcolm Arnold Peterloo Overture, Rachmaninov Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with soloist Alexander Gavrylyuk and excerpts from Tchaikovsky Swan Lake. They repeat the concert the following morning in a Relaxed Prom, in which the concert environment is adapted to better suit audience members with autistic spectrum conditions, sensory, communication or learning difficulties.
On 10 August, Lise Davidsen reunites with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra, with whom she recently recorded her highly anticipated debut album for Decca (out 31 May). She will sing Richard Strauss Op.27 Songs, which also feature on the album.
On 13 August, Martyn Brabbins conducts a special concert with personal significance: it features the world premiere of Pictured Within: Birthday Variations for M. C. B., a new take on Elgar Enigma Variations commissioned by the BBC to mark Brabbins’ 60th birthday. This unique work features a new set of variations by 14 living composers including Intermusica’s Brett Dean, Sally Beamish, Sir Harrison Birtwistle and Dai Fujikura – plus one distinguished mystery composer to write the theme. Brabbins also conducts Elgar’s original Variations as well as Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music and Brahms Song of Destiny, featuring the BBC Singers and English National Opera Chorus. The concert will be recorded for broadcast on BBC Four on 8 September.
Also on the 13 August, Martin James Bartlett performs in a late-night mixtape concert, exploring the fringes of Minimalism and meditative listening. Joined by 12 Ensemble, Tenebrae and director Nigel Short, Bartlett will perform the slow movement from Bach Keyboard Concerto in F minor; Chopin Nocturne in D flat major, Max Richter Vladimir’s Blues and Peteris Vasks Fruits of Silence.
Andreas Haefliger returns to the Proms on 19 August for the world premiere of a new Piano Concerto written especially for him by fellow Swiss musician Dieter Ammann. He is joined for the concert by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Sakari Oramo. This new work is co-commmissioned by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Konzerthaus Wien, Lucerne Festival, Münchner Philharmoniker and Taipei Symphony Orchestra.
Singers Sofia Fomina, Marta Fontanals-Simmons and Thomas Atkins appear in Glyndebourne Festival Opera’s production of Mozart The Magic Flute on 27 August. Fomina stars in the concert staging as Pamina while Fontanals-Simmons sings Second Lady and Atkins takes the roles of Second Priest and First Man in Armour.
Richard Egarr returns to the Proms on 30 August to conduct the Scottish Chamber Orchestra (with whom he has a long association) Handel Jeptha, part of a cycle celebrating the composer’s works. The cast features Tim Mead as Hamor and Cody Quattlebaum as Zebul.
Sir John Eliot Gardiner completes his epic five-season Berlioz series on 2 September, conducting a performance of his opera Benvenuto Cellini with his Monteverdi Choir and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique.
On 10 September, Intermusica brings the Czech Philharmonic and Semyon Bychkov to the Proms. The concert features Smetana The Bartered Bride, the Letter Scene from Eugene Onegin and Shostakovich Symphony No.8.
Nicholas Collon and his Aurora Orchestra return to the Proms on 12 September presenting another eagerly anticipated major symphony from memory. This year they present Berlioz Symphonie fantastique in an immersive theatrical staging. Collon and the orchestra will give a repeat performance in a late-night Prom that same evening and BBC Four will record the first performance for broadcast on 13 September.
As the festival draws to a close, Intermusica’s International Touring team brings a second orchestra to London: on 13 September, Andrew Manze returns with his NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover for Beethoven Night, in which Manze conducts extracts from Fidelio and Symphony No.5, as well as music by Handel and Bach.
Andrew Manze & Francesco Piemontesi debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andrew Manze and Francesco Piemontesi travel to the United States this month to make their debuts with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in concerts on 18, 19 and 20 April 2019.
Manze opens the concert with Concerto for String Orchestra by Graźyna Bacewicz, one of Poland's most significant composers of the mid-20th century. The work was awarded the Polish State Prize in 1950. Manze is then joined by Piemontesi for Mozart Piano Concerto No.19, the orchestra's first performances of the concerto at Symphony Hall in 25 years. The concerts culminate with Mendelssohn Symphony No.5 'Reformation', which was written to coincide with the 300th anniversary of the Augsburg Confession, a major Reformation event, and draws on Martin Luther's hymn A Mighty Fortress is our God.
The concerts are the latest in a string of critically acclaimed collaborations between Manze and Piemontesi this year, which has also included concerts with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and a tour of Germany with Manze's NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover.
Andrew Manze conducts Brahms & Sibelius with Francesco Piemontesi & the NDR Radiophilharmonie
Andrew Manze and Francesco Piemontesi reunite this week for a short tour of Germany and the Netherlands with the NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover. Beginning on 21 March 2019, the pair give five performances of Brahms Piano Concerto No.2 in Hannover, Wolfsburg and Eindhoven, and Manze also conducts the orchestra (of which he is Chief Conductor) in performances of Sibelius Symphony No.2. The concert on 21 March will be streamed live on the NDR Kultur website.
Manze has spoken about Sibelius Symphony No.2 and his interpretation of it for his popular video series Manze on Music - click here to watch the video on the NDR website.
Manze and Piemontesi are regular collaborators and so far this season have performed together with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
Andrew Manze’s tenure as Chief Conductor of the NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover extended until 2023
On 22 February 2019 it was announced that Andrew Manze’s position as Chief Conductor of the NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover has been extended by another two years, until the summer of 2023. Manze has held the position (which has been renewed twice already) since 2014, and his collaboration with the orchestra has been hugely successful. Together they have produced an array of musical feats including their first recording, the first in a series of Mendelssohn symphonies, which was awarded the annual German record critics’ prize as the best Orchestral Recording of 2017 (Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik), and a collaboration with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic (of which Manze is Principal Guest Conductor) for two poignant performance of Britten War Requiem, one in each orchestra’s hometown marking the centenary of World War I.
During his tenure, Manze and the NDR Hannover have had huge success both in and beyond Germany, including a tour to Asia with Sir András Schiff, and guest performances at Vienna’s Musikverein, Salzburg’s Großes Festspielhaus, Felsenreitschule and more. Manze strives to spread enthusiasm for classical music throughout Hannover and Lower Saxony, and next month they will tour through the state, with performances in Bad Harzburg, Northeim, Wolfsburg and Hannover. In Autumn 2019 they return again to China.
Lutz Marmor, NDR director, said of Manze: “Andrew Manze is an inspiring musician, and a strong motivator and communicator. With his outstanding level of energy, high musical standards and sharp wit, he wins over many people far beyond the classical music audience. During his concerts, Mr. Manze succeeds in communicating his love of music to the audience. We are delighted to have such an enthusiastic musician, who himself fills others with enthusiasm, as the Chief Conductor of the NDR Radiophilharmonie.”
Manze himself said: “I am extremely happy and proud to extend my contract with the NDR Radiophilharmonie. Together with the musicians, I have travelled far and wide in recent years, both musically and geographically. The orchestra is busier than ever. It is sounding wonderful and is sharing the widest possible repertoire with listeners of all ages. I wish to thank NDR for taking such an important role in promoting culture.”
Intermusica artists feature in the Southbank Centre's 2019/20 Classical Season
The Southbank Centre announced its 2019/20 Classical Season on 18 February, and Intermusica artists appear throughout. In addition to the Southbank Centre's world class annual programming, the new season also marks the start of Beethoven 250, the venue's year-long celebration of the composer's birth.
Southbank Centre Associate Artists Marin Alsop and Colin Currie both give multiple performances over the course of the season. On 9 November, Alsop conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra in a performance of Walton Belshazzar's Feast alongside Butterworth A Shropshire Lad and Elgar Enigma Variations. She then returns in April for Beyond Beethoven 9, in which she leads the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and a massed choir of 200 singers in two performances of Beethoven Symphony No.9 together with four new commissions between the movements of the symphony.
Beyond Beethoven 9 is part of All Together: A Global Ode to Joy, an initiative in conjunction with Carnegie Hall which take place on five continents with nine orchestras and sees the symphony reimagined as a “twenty-first century call for unity, justice and empowerment”. Read our full story on All Together here.
Currie first appears at the Southbank in the 2019/20 season at the International Chamber Music Series, recreating the premiere of Steve Reich Drumming at the Hayward Gallery with the Colin Currie Group on 6 and 7 December. He performs in the series again on 1 February 2020 alongside the JACK Quartet. Finally he joins the Philharmonia Orchestra for an Artist Portrait concert in their Music of Today series on 14 May.
Kirill Gerstein joins the London Philharmonic Orchestra in concert on 23 October to give the UK premiere of Thomas Adès Piano Concerto, performing under the baton of the composer himself. He then returns to the Philharmonia Orchestra on 13 February 2020 alongside Lahav Shani, who conducts Gerstein in Rachmaninov Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini as well as Prokofiev Overture to War and Peace and Romeo and Juliet.
Daniil Trifonov also gives two performances at the Southbank Centre. On 31 October, he performs a solo recital of Schumann, Beethoven and Prokofiev at the Royal Festival Hall. On 22 March 2020, he joins Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony as the soloist for Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.4, part of Tilson Thomas' final season at the head of the orchestra.
In 2020 Lise Davidsen performs with the long-standing chiefs of both the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Philharmonia Orchestra, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Vladimir Jurowski. On 19 March, she joins Salonen and the Philharmonia to sing Mahler Humeresken, a collection of settings of poems from Des Knaben Wunderhorn. Then on 4 April she performs Beethoven Cantata on the Death of Emperor Joseph II with Jurowski and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, part of the Beethoven 250 series.
Also appearing in the Southbank Centre's 2019/20 season are conductors Charles Hazlewood (28 September), Geoffrey Paterson (21 November), Andrew Manze (7 December), Mark Wigglesworth (4 February 2020), Emmanuel Krivine (14 February 2020), John Wilson (27 February 2020), Thierry Fischer (10 March 2020) and Nicholas Collon (16 May 2020); violinists James Ehnes (9 October) and Leonidas Kavakos (27 February 2020); singers Sofia Fomina (19 October), Susan Bickley (30 November), Mary Bevan (15 December), Susanna Hurrell and Simon Shibambu (15 January 2020), Patricia Bardon (1 February 2020), Joélle Harvey (20 February 2020) and Wallis Giunta (11 June 2020); pianists Andreas Haefliger (15 March 2020) and George Li (3 May 2020); and cellist Kian Soltani (27 February 2020).
Intermusica is proud to co-promote the International Chamber Music Series with the Southbank Centre, a relationship which has lasted for almost 30 years. Click here to read our full summary of the series in the 2019/20 season.
Click here for complete details for Southbank Centre's 2019/20 classical season.
Host of Intermusica artists featured in international Best of 2018 press picks
2018 was another fantastic year for Intermusica artists, with many singled out by the world’s top publications and broadcasters in their end-of-year highlight features. Read a selection below:
Daniil Trifonov featured in a plethora of publications including The Guardian, Sunday Times, New York Times, The New Yorker, NPR, Arts Fuse, Seen & Heard and New York Classical Review. His recent release on Deutsche Grammophon, Destination Rachmaninov: Departure, with Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin, was widely praised, as was his ‘Decades’ recital at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall, which Alex Ross of The New Yorker called “playing of unreal beauty”. A recital with mentor Sergei Babayan was highlighted in Boston Classical Review, with Trifonov deemed “among the most sensational keyboard artists of his generation” and Babayan “second-to-none in his own right.”
Also popular amongst critics was Sir John Eliot Gardiner, whose Carnegie Hall appearance with his Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, as part of Carnegie’s Berlioz Festival, drew glowing commentary. Gardiner’s Berlioz and Schumann exploration with the LSO, including an appearance at the 2018 BBC Proms, was similarly lauded (Arts Desk: “I reeled from… [Gardiner’s]… contributions … He sold instantly the ideas that wind and brass as well as upper strings… should stand”), and memorably enhanced by Antoine Tamestit’s take on Harold in Italy, which saw the soloist use theatrics to better inhabit the wandering eponymous hero (Tamestit’s Harold also came in for praise from Arts Desk, Limelight and New York Classical Review). Gardiner’s Verdi Requiem at the Concertgebouw and other venues was also mentioned by NRC and Seen & Heard.
British music champion Martyn Brabbins was singled out by several publications including The Guardian and Sunday Times, who included his releases of Tippett Symphonies 1& 2 (BBC Scottish Orchestra, Hyperion) and Ferneyhough: La Terre est un Homme (BBC Symphony Orchestra, NMC) in their recordings of the year round-ups.
Matthew Aucoin was picked out by WQXR for his opera Second Nature (on the topic of climate change) and “[making] the [classical] tradition more alive and urgent than ever.” Aucoin’s conducting skills impressed The New York Times, who noted his “instinct for tension” when conducting Peter Sellars’ Santa Fe Opera production of Doctor Atomic.
Colin Currie Group’s release of Drumming, the first on the new Colin Currie Records label, enchanted listeners with Arts Fuse calling it “one of – no, the – greatest recording of the piece to date” and The Boston Globe terming it “an ecstatic rendition…[which]…absolutely transports.”
Andrew Manze’s Mendelssohn symphony cycle with NDR Radiophilharmonie, where he is Chief Conductor, garnered praise from Arts Fuse, as did his moving War Requiem with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and NDR Radiophilharmonie at Liverpool Cathedral and in Hannover (one of Fiona Maddox at The Guardian’s Best of 2018), which saw British and German players unite to mark 100 years since the end of World War I.
Mark Wigglesworth was roundly praised by Seen & Heard (“typically first-rate conducting”), The Stage (“an exceptional musical performance”) and Arts Desk for his House of the Dead at the Royal Opera House; while over at English National Opera, Porgy and Bess, conducted by John Wilson, was a highlight for The Stage, The Guardian and Evening Standard.
Other notable recordings included Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s “eminently accessible” rendition of Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet (WQXR); Nora Fischer’s Hush – “radically unorthodox yet utterly gorgeous” (WQXR), Boris Giltburg’s Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No 2 with Royal Scottish National (Politiken); and Marek Janowksi’s “sumptuous Hindemith collection” on Pentatone (Arts Desk). Recordings by Francesco Piemontesi and Renaud Capuçon (Liszt Années de pèlerinage, Orfeo, and Bartok Violin Concertos Nos 1 & 2 with LSO, Hyperion) featured in The Sunday Times’ Classical Albums of the Year.
Lahav Shani’s new position as Chief Conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra was noted as a special moment by Seen & Heard and NRC, while Giancarlo Guerrero’s performances with Boston Symphony Orchestra (“a spectacular, kinetic reading”) and Curtis Symphony Orchestra (“at once authoritative and at the same time warmly collaborative") were noted by Arts Fuse and Seen & Heard. Mischa Maisky’s Jansen/Maisky/Argerich Trio performance at the Barbican was deemed “chamber music writ large” and “opulent” by Arts Desk.
Singers singled out by cultural commentators included Lise Davidsen for her “superlative” performance in the title role in a “long overdue feminist reassessment” of Ariadne auf Naxos at Festival d’Aix en Provence (Seen & Heard), as well as for her involvement in the Royal Opera House and Antonio Pappano’s Verdi Requiem – “the classiest perfection imaginable, crowned by the phenomenal Lise Davidsen” (Arts Desk).
Fellow dramatic soprano Iréne Theorin was noted in Seen & Heard as a “commanding Isolde” in Staatsoper Berlin and Daniel Barenboim’s Tristan und Isolde, as was Natalya Romaniw, who sang "with grace and conviction” in the world premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Testament alongside the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Kirill Karabits.
David Alden’s “fine Lohengrin” at the Royal Opera House was singled out by The Stage, as was Garsington’s first full-scale commission, The Skating Rink, featuring Susan Bickley creating the role of Carmen.
2018 ended well for Sir James MacMillan, whose Cumnock Tryst took the number one spot in Fiona Maddox’s Best Classical Music of 2018 list for its unique role in “revitalising a local community with world-class performances”. The Scotsman, looking ahead to 2019, noted “it’s going to be a big year for Scotland’s most high-profile composer” as MacMillan turns 60, celebrating with a host of concerts and new works.
Francesco Piemontesi debuts with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra under Andrew Manze
Francesco Piemontesi begins the new year by making his debut with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in two concerts on 10 and 11 January 2019. The concerts are conducted by Andrew Manze, and together they perform Brahms Piano Concerto No.2. The programme is completed with Mozart Symphony No.41 “Jupiter”.
Piemontesi and Manze are regular collaborators, and their recordings of Mozart Concerto No.25 & No.26 with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra received widespread praise:
"Piemontesi and Manze bring to these two concertos a breath of fresh air" MusicWeb International
They next perform together at the end of February with the Scottish Chamber Orchetra, performing in Fife, Edinburgh and Glasgow, and also on tour with the NDR Hannover in March.
Intermusica artists commemorate the centenary of the ending of the First World War
Several Intermusica artists were involved in events commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War this month both on and around Armistice Day on 11 November.
Renaud Capuçon joined Yo-Yo Ma in Paris on Armistice Day itself to perform Ravel's Sonata for Violin and Cello for world leaders including President Macron, Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Trump.
Also on Armistice Day, Marin Alsop led the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in a performance of Brahms' German Requiem, which broke from tradition by presenting the Requiem Mass in German rather than the usual Latin. In October, Alsop also conducted three concerts with Daniil Trifonov and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra honouring the Armistice entitled A Time for Reflection.
Andrew Manze led the combined forces of the NDR Radiophilharmonie and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in two performances of Britten's War Requiem, first at the Kuppelsaal Hannover on 3 November and then at Liverpool Cathedral on 10 November. Click here to watch Manze and members of the orchestras talk about the project.
In Cardiff, Mark Wigglesworth conducted the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and soloists Emma Bell, Alan Clayton and Roman Trekel in Britten's War Requeim, which interspersed the words of the Mass for the Dead with the poetry of Wilfred Owen.
On 4 November, the London Symphony Orchestra gave the London premiere of Sir James MacMillan's All the Hills and Vales Along, a new oratorio written for soloist Ian Bostridge and based on poems by Charles Hamilton Sorley who was killed at the Battle of Loos in 1915.
On 10 and 11 November, Cantori New York gave the US premiere of Thierry Escaich's oratorio "Cris", which was written after the novel by Laurent Gaudé Les Cris de Paris which explores the experience of French soldiers in the trenches. Its world premiere came in 2016 at the Théâtre de Verdun to mark the centenary of the Battle of Verdun, the longest of the war.
Hubert Zapiór joined the Albany Symphony at the Proctors Theater in Schenectady to perform War Requiem under the baton of David Allan Miller.
On 10 November Anthony Gregory and Susan Bickley joined the BBC Symphony Orchestra for a performance of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s The Silver Tassie. Turnage's opera is an adapatation of Sean O’Casey’s provocative 1928 play of the same name, which critiqued the damaging impact of the war.
On 9 November, Marta Fontanals-Simmons joined the Jenaer Philharmonie to perform Benjamin Ellin's One Before Zero, a one-movement oratorio commemorating the Battle of the Somme. The work weaves together first-hand accounts of the Great War in English, German and French and illustrates, both linguistically and musically, how the trauma of war affected all nations equally. Click here to read an interview with Fontanals-Simmons about the piece.
Martyn Brabbins and English National Opera perform a staged version of Britten's War Requiem directed by Kaspar Holten on 16 and 22 November. Intermusica's David Butt Philip leads the soloists for the performances.
Andrew Manze unites the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic & NDR Radiophilharmonie to perform Britten's War Requiem
Andrew Manze unites 300 musicians and choristers from Britain and Germany in two performances of Britten's War Requiem this month on 4 and 10 November. Manze brings together the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover and choristers from Liverpool Cathedral and Hannover's Knabenchor for two special concerts in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One. The first performance takes place in Hannover's Kuppelsaal on Sunday 4 November, and the second one week later on Saturday 10 November, the day before Remembrance Sunday, in Liverpool Cathedral.
Liverpool and Hannover are bound together as UNESCO Cities of Music, and Manze is both Principal Guest Conductor of the RLPO and Chief Conductor of the NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover.
"For me, uniting orchestras and musicians, choirs and children’s choirs from Britain and Germany, all of whom I’m privileged to work with regularly, has profound symbolism as once hostile countries come together to rehearse and perform Britten’s landmark War Requiem."
The concert in Hannover on 3 November will be streamed live on the NDR website. More details of the concerts can be found here:
Saturday 3 November 8pm(no interval)
Saturday 10 November 7.30pm (no interval)
Britten War Requiem
Andrew Manze, conductor
Susanne Bernhard, soprano
Ed Lyon, tenor
Benjamin Appl, baritone
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir
Choristers of Liverpool Cathedral Choir
Bachchor Hannover *
Mädchenchor Hannover *
Junges Vokalensemble Hannover
*Hannover performance only
Andrew Manze returns to the Hallé for five concerts
Andrew Manze returns to the UK to conduct the Hallé in five concerts in and around Manchester from 17 October 2018. The programme features Dvorák Cello Concerto, performed by Jian Wang, Vaughan Williams Symphony No.2, ‘London’, as well as Manze’s own arrangement of Purcell Fantasian upon One Note for wind and brass.
Manze conducted the Vaughan Williams ‘London’ Symphony at the BBC Proms earlier this summer which, played by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, was declared a triumph; The Guardian professed the performance as “Sparkling…One to remember” and The Independent called Manze “a musical tour-guide of unrivalled knowledge, instinct and understanding where this repertoire is concerned”.
Manze conducts the Hallé at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall on 17,18 and 21 October and at Blackburn’s King George’s Hall and Kendall’s Westmorland Hall on 19 and 20 October respectively. Click here for more information.
Andrew Manze conducts first concerts as Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic with James Ehnes
Andrew Manze conducts the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in his first concert with the orchestra as their Principal Guest Conductor on 27 September 2018.
Manze is joined by violinist James Ehnes in a performance of the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, which follows Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music (orchestral version). The programme also includes Vaughan Williams Symphony No.9, which completes Manze and the orchestra’s cycle of the composer’s symphonies.
Click here to find out more about the concert.
“One to remember”: Andrew Manze’s BBC Prom receives critical acclaim
Andrew Manze’s return to the BBC Proms with a pairing of the two great ‘London’ symphonies, Haydn No.104 and Vaughan Williams No. 2, has been hailed “another memorable Manze evening” (The Guardian).
The conductor, who has been recording a cycle of Vaughan Williams symphonies with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic is considered to be a “musical tour-guide of unrivalled knowledge, instinct and understanding where this repertoire is concerned” (The Independent).
“In a city not short on parties, this was one to remember… Just as the composer’s A London Symphony delights in detail – the coaxing call of a lavender-seller, the jangle of a hansom cab, the metallic chill of dawn over the Thames – so does Manze’s interpretation.”
The Independent, August 2018
“Manze never lost control of the great arc of a musical response to London… It was another memorable Manze evening. Let us hope that in future Proms visits, Manze will be encouraged to complete his Vaughan Williams cycle with the remaining symphonies.”
The Guardian, August 2018
“Manze instantly found the pulse of this most colourful and thematically fertile of symphonies… The long progress up the Thames that opens the work and culminates in the Westminster Chimes, was spine-tinglingly atmospheric. The main Allegro had just the right amount of vulgarity and swagger, while the intimate development section was touching indeed…The busy Scherzo saw the BBC SSO at their finest and most attentive to some wonderfully clear headed conducting.”
Bachtrack, August 2018
Andrew Manze conducts A London Symphony at the Proms with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Andrew Manze returns to the BBC Proms on 31 July 2018 for a London-inspired programme with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.
Manze opens the concert with Haydn Symphony No. 104 in D major, 'London', which was composed and first performed in London during the composer’s second triumphant residency in the city in 1794. He then leads the orchestra in Vaughan Williams A London Symphony, which was first performed in 1914 and evokes areas of the capital.
A London Symphony featured on the first volume in Manze's current Vaughan Williams recording project with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. Released in 2016, it was met with critical acclaim:
"This is the promising start of a complete Vaughan Williams symphonies cycle by the RLPO and Andrew Manze ... Manze keeps a tight rein but lets the music blossom."
"Manze never puts a foot wrong."
Intermusica at the 2018 BBC Proms
The BBC Proms returns this year on 13 July 2018, and as ever there is a strong Intermusica presence at the festival. This year sees returns for artists including Marin Alsop, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, John Wilson, Colin Currie and Antoine Tamestit, while Intermusica also brings the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and the Baltimore Symphony to the festival as part of the Proms' celebrations of the centenary of Leonard Bernstein's birth. All concerts are broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.
On 15 July at 7pm, Colin Currie and Martin James Bartlett join an array of previous winners and finalists for a concert celebrating the 40th anniversary of BBC Young Musician. Currie performs Steve Reich Drumming – Part I with Colin Currie Group members and fellow BBC Young Musician competitors Sam Walton, Aiden Spillet and Owen Gunnell, while Martin James Bartlett performs in Saint-Saëns Carnival of the Animals.
Susan Bickley renews her relationship with the London Sinfonietta and Sir George Benjamin at 3pm on 21 July in a Prom at the Roundhouse in Camden. Bickley performs in a programme featuring a quartet of war-themed premieres as well as works by Stravinsky, Messiaen and Ives.
Simon Halsey leads the BBC Proms Youth Choir once again this year in concert with Donald Runnicles and the World Orchestra for Peace at 7.30pm on 21 July. They perform Shadow, a new, First World War-themed commission from Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds. Also on the programme are Britten Sinfonia da Requiem and Beethoven Symphony No.9. Halsey returns in August for concerts with the London Symphony Chorus and Orchestra under Sir Simon Rattle and in September with the City of Birmingham Symphony Choruses with Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
On 25 July, Ben Gernon returns to the Proms with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. Gernon, the orchestra’s Principal Guest Conductor, leads the BBC Philharmonic in the world premiere of Tansy Davies What did We See?, an orchestral suite from the composer’s recent opera Between Worlds. He also conducts Beethoven Piano Concerto No.5 ‘Emperor’ with soloist Paul Lewis and Brahms Symphony No.2. The concert starts at 7.30pm.
Martyn Brabbins conducts the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales in a programme celebrating English composer Hubert Parry at 7pm on 27 July. Brabbins conducts Parry’s Symphony No.5 and Hear my words, ye people! alongside works by his pupils Vaughan Williams and Holst. Tai Murray is the soloist in Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending, while soprano Francesca Chiejina and bass-baritone Ashley Riches also feature.
Andrew Manze returns this year alongside the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, conducting the orchestra in a London-focussed programme at 7pm on 31 July. The concert opens with Haydn Symphony No.104 ‘London’, and after the interval Manze conducts Vaughan Williams A London Symphony.
On 5 August, Brett Dean joins Thomas Dausgaard and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra for their Brandenburg Project. Over two concerts, the orchestra presents Bach’s six Brandenburg Concertos alongside six newly commissioned companion works. Dean performs as viola soloist in the second concert at 7.30pm, while his Approach – Prelude to a Canon is one of the companion works.
Nicholas Collon and his Aurora Orchestra make their annual appearance in a late-night Prom focussing on Shostakovich at 10.15pm on 6 August. Joined once again by BBC broadcaster Tom Service, Collon and the Orchestra unpack the composer’s Symphony No.9 before performing it from memory. The concert also features Shostakovich Piano Concerto No.2 with soloist Denis Kozhukhin.
Intermusica renews its relationship with the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and Sir Antonio Pappano at 7.30pm on 10 August, bringing them to the Proms as part of the festival's celebrations for the Bernstein centenary (Bernstein was the orchestra's honorary conductor for a decade). Pappano conducts the composer's Symphony No.1 'Jeremiah' alongside Haydn The Creation - Chaos and Mahler Symphony No.1.
Renaud Capuçon appears at the Proms at 7pm on 16 August alongside the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in its debut appearance at the festival. Capuçon is the soloist for Ravel Violin Sonata No.2, which has been orchestrated by Yan Maresz.
Marin Alsop conducts the Proms Scratch Orchestra in two free concerts at Maida Vale Studios on 26 August. The Scratch Orchestra, made up of amateur musicians and members of the BBC Concert Orchestra, performs movements from Shostakovich Symphony No.5.
Joshua Weilerstein returns to the Proms at 7.30pm on 26 August to conduct the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in a tribute to Leonard Bernstein’s televised Young People’s Concerts. Utilizing words, projections and music, the concert features works including Stravinsky The Rite of Spring, Ligeti Apparations and Debussy La mer alongside works by Bernstein and Beethoven.
Wallis Giunta makes her Proms debut at 1pm on 27 August, leading a recital of works by Bernstein and his associates at Cadogan Hall. As well as works by Copland, Sondheim and Barber, the concert features the world premiere of a new song by British composer Bushra El-Turk, Crème Brûlée on a Tree, inspired by Bernstein’s recipe settings.
Marin Alsop returns to the Proms at 8pm on 27 August as Intermusica brings the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra to the festival for a concert of Bernstein and Shostakovich with pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet.
Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique return to the Proms at 7.30pm on 5 September for a programme of Berlioz. They are joined by Antoine Tamestit, who performs Harold in Italy, while Joyce DiDonato sings arias from Le mort de Cléopatre and Les Troyens.
Russell Braun joins the Royal Scottish National Orchestra under Peter Oundjian at 7pm on 6 September as the baritone soloist in Britten War Requiem. Braun performs alongside Erin Wall and Allan Clayton.
Andrew Manze appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra has announced Andrew Manze as its Principal Guest Conductor, initially for three years, commencing with the 2018/2019 concert season.
In his first season as Principal Guest Conductor, Manze will complete the final instalment of his critically acclaimed journey with the Orchestra in concert and on disc of Vaughan Williams symphonies. He will also conduct Benjamin Britten War Requiem at Liverpool Cathedral on Remembrance weekend with musicians from the Liverpool Philharmonic and Hannover’s NDR Radio Philharmonie (where Manze is Chief Conductor), to mark the centenary of the end of World War One.
Since he first conducted the Orchestra in October 2011, Manze has enjoyed a fruitful relationship and critical acclaim with the Orchestra in concert and in recordings. The third volume in their recordings of Vaughan Williams Symphonies – Nos.5 and 6 – has just been released on Onyx, and noted as "exceptionally rewarding" by Gramophone.
A natural communicator, Manze has established a great rapport with Liverpool Philharmonic audiences and has involved himself in the Orchestra’s extensive learning programme, including its flagship In Harmony Liverpool social change programme.
Andrew Manze said:
“The Liverpool audience is wonderful, the Orchestra’s education work is utterly admirable, the management is courageous and fun, and the Orchestra plays with such warmth and a spirit of collaboration… I am honoured and delighted to become Principal Guest Conductor.”
Michael Eakin, Chief Executive, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra said:
“Andrew is in great demand around the world as a guest conductor, so we are thrilled that we can recognise the great partnership he has established with our Orchestra and our audiences over a number of years by appointing him officially as our Principal Guest Conductor.”
Andrew Manze returns to Gewandhausorchester Leipzig during their 275th anniversary year
Andrew Manze returns to Leipzig this week to conduct the Gewandhausorchester during their 275th anniversary year.
Manze will conduct three concerts, on Thursday 31 May, Friday 1 June and a family concert on Saturday 2 June. The all-Mozart programme will feature Piano Concerto No.20 performed by Lars Vogt, as well as a selection of songs sung by soprano Christina Landshamer. The concert opens with the overture from La Clemenza di Tito and will finish with a performance of Mozart’s Symphony No.41, “Jupiter”.
Manze will conduct “Jupiter” again in Liverpool with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic in January 2019, during his first season as the orchestra’s recently announced Principal Guest Conductor.
Watch a video of Manze speaking about the symphony here.
New instalment of Andrew Manze's Mendelssohn symphonies cycle with NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover released on Pentatone
The second instalment of Andrew Manze‘s Mendelssohn symphony recordings is released worldwide today on the Pentatone label.
The recording features two of Mendelssohn’s ‘mature’ symphonies: No.4 the ‘Italian’ and No.5 the ‘Reformation’. It is the second instalment in a cycle of Mendelssohn symphony recordings by the NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover and Manze, its Chief Conductor. The first in the cycle, Mendelssohn Symphonies No.1 and No.3, released in March 2017, was the winner of the 2017 Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik.
The recording is available for download and physical purchase on the Pentatone website.
Andrew Manze conducts Britten's Les Illuminations with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Andrew Manze returns to Scotland to conduct the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in performances at Edinburgh’s Queen’s Hall and Glasgow’s City Halls on 18 and 19 January 2018. The concerts mark the continuing of a relationship described by the Arts Desk in March 2017 as “remarkably incisive”.
In these two concerts Manze conducts the orchestra in a programme centred on the Britten song cycle Les Illuminations, which is performed by soprano Sarah Fox. Frank Martin Passacaille, and a Manze arrangement of Purcell Prelude to the Bell Anthem are also on the programme, which closes with Vaughan Williams Symphony No.5.
Manze was described by the Daily Telegraph as the “best conductor of Vaughan Williams alive today. Click here to watch him conduct the symphony with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.
Earlier in the month, Manze returns to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra for two concerts with pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin on 11 and 12 January.
Andrew Manze conducts the New York Philharmonic in Handel Messiah with Joélle Harvey
Andrew Manze conducts five performances of Handel Messiah with the New York Philharmonic at David Geffen Hall this month, running from 12 to 16 December, with Joélle Harvey as one of the soloists. The performances will also feature the Westminster Symphonic Choir, Jennifer Johnson Cano, Ben Bliss, and Andrew Foster-Williams.
Manze, Harvey and the New York Philharmonic performed the Messiah together in 2013, met by critical acclaim:
“Ms. Harvey’s luminous soprano was well cast in the pastoral passages as well as in the gently lilting melody of “How beautiful are the feet.”… Mr. Manze drew a warm-bodied and agile performance from the Philharmonic players that brought out the rich textures and contours of Handel’s score.”
New York Times
Joélle Harvey returns to Glyndebourne Festival Opera next summer as Cleopatra in Handel Giulio Cesare, and in the spring can be seen as Almirena in Handel Rinaldo on tour with The English Concert.
Andrew Manze commemmorates Scott & Amundsen with the Oslo Philharmonic
Andrew Manze returns to the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra on 6 and 7 December 2017 for two concerts heralding the Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen and his race to the South Pole with his British rival Robert Falcon Scott. The concerts, in which Manze conducts the orchestra in a performance of Vaughan Williams Symphony No.7 'Sinfonia Antarctica', blends music, photography and diary extracts to bring the race to life. The second concert on 7 December also features Prokofiev Violin Concerto No.1 played by Isabelle van Keulen, as well as a performance of Karin Rehnqvist Breaking the Ice from the rarely heard Arktis Arkis!
Vaughan Williams began the 'Sinfonia Antarctica' as music to the silent film Scott of the Antarctic, eventually reworking it into a symphony in 1952. Manze was described as “the greatest living interpreter of Williams’ music" by the Daily Telegraph and recently began a complete cycle of the composer's symphonies with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. The first release, of Vaughan Williams' second and eighth symphones, was met with critical acclaim:
"This is the promising start of a complete Vaughan Williams symphonies cycle by the RLPO and Andrew Manze ... Manze keeps a tight rein but lets the music blossom. The RLPO and its excellent soloists make a warm, lustrous sound."
Andrew Manze conducts the NDR Radiophilharmonie Hanover in London & Birmingham
Andrew Manze conducts the NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover in two concerts in the UK this month, firstly at Cadogan Hall on 24 November 2017 and then at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall the following day.
The orchestra, of which Manze is Principal Conductor, performs Beethoven Egmont Overture and Brahms Symphony No.2 and is joined by soloist Igor Levit for performances of Beethoven Piano Concerto No.4 in Birmingham and Piano Concerto No.2 in London. Manze also delivers a pre-concert talk at ahead of the concert in Birmingham in which he discusses the programme and his interpretations.
Click here to watch Manze discuss the upcoming programmes.
Andrew Manze: debut at the Elbphilharmonie with the NDR Elbphilharmonie
This week Andrew Manze, Chief Principal Conductor of the NDR Radiophilharmonie, makes his debut performances with the NDR Elbphilharmonie. Manze will conduct three concerts: in the orchestra’s Elbphilarmonie hall on 16 and 20 November, and in Kiel Castle on 17 November.
Manze delivers an all-British programme: Purcell Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary, Walton Cello Concerto, alongside soloist Alban Gerhardt, and lastly Vaughan Williams Symphony No.2 ‘A London Symphony’.
Read an interview given by Andrew about the upcoming Elbphilharmonie performances.
Andrew Manze & Daniil Trifonov win at the Schallplattenkritik Awards 2017
Andrew Manze has won at the Schallplattenkritik Awards 2017 for his Pentatone recording of Mendelssohn’s Symphonies Nos 2 and 3 with the NDR Radiophilharmonie, while Daniil Trifonov is also a winner for his DG recording of Liszt Transcendental Études.
Reviewing Manze’s recording, the awards said:
"[Manze's] secure feeling for the style, his music-making poised between spontaneous freshness and intellectual sophistication, and the all-embracing technical competence that underpins his interpretation all mark this recording out as exceptional."
On Trifonov’s Liszt, they said:
“[Trifonov] brings Liszt's creation to life without it becoming mere musical painting. Much more, this pianistic bloodhound succeeds in finding new qualities of sound and colour in every bar of these groundbreakingly sophisticated Études.”
The Schallplattenkritik Awards were established in 1963 to set the "most rigorous standards for supreme achievement and quality" in recorded music and are among the most prestigious accolades in the European music industry.
Andrew Manze makes debut with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Andrew Manze makes his debut with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra this month, conducting two performances on 29 September and 1 October 2017.
Manze conducts a programme which includes the Dutch premiere of Anders Hillborg Bach Materia, which the orchestra commissioned as a counterpoint to Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No.3, which is also performed. Bach Meteria features violinist Pekka Kuusisto.
The programme also features CPE Bach Symphony in B flat and Beethoven Symphony No.1, both of which were dedicated to Baron Gottfried van Swieten. Van Swieten was a diplomat and music patron who worked on several occasions with Joseph Haydn as a librettist, collaborating on works including The Creation, the Prelude to which Manze also conducts.
Francesco Piemontesi makes debut with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra alongside Andrew Manze
Francesco Piemontesi makes his debut with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra on 20 September 2017, performing at the Helsinki Music Centre alongside Andrew Manze. Manze conducts a programme of Parry Elegy for Brahms, Schoenberg's arrangement of Brahms Piano Quartet No.1 and Mozart Piano Concerto No.27 with Piemontesi as soloist.
Manze and Piemontesi recently recorded Mozart Piano Concertos No.25 and No.26 with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra for their latest recording on Linn Records:
“These are lively, stylish performances, alert to every fleeting change of mood. Piemontesi plays with the vivacity of a young man and decorates the solo parts sparingly, but his captivating soft playing is equally in touch with the music’s inner soul.”
“Piemontesi’s polished playing is alert with exactly the kind of spontaneity essential to great Mozart performance. Lithe and without fuss, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra makes clear from the opening bars that this is historically informed Mozart with an updated feel. Andrew Manze, one of the most versatile musicians around, is the perceptive conductor.”
Francesco Piemontesi & Andrew Manze release Mozart Piano Concertos on Linn Records
On 18 August Francesco Piemontesi and Andrew Manze’s recording of Mozart Piano Concertos Nos 25 & 26 will be released on Linn records. The disc was recorded with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in February 2016 following concerts in Fife, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
"[Piemontesi] has become a Mozartian to cherish. It’s hard to fault his sense of line, structure and deft approach to detail in these two concertos from Mozart’s Vienna period... Piemontesi’s polished playing is alert with exactly the kind of spontaneity essential to great Mozart performance."
“[Piemontesi] has already amply displayed his Mozartian credential... Here again, his sympathy with the style and ethos of the Salzburger's music simply sings from the speakers.
There is intimacy rather than inwardness to these chamber-scale performances… The militaristic opening movement of K503 can become something of a bangfest but the Swiss pianist instinctively draws back before overpowering the music, adding cheeky touches of ornamentation here and there as if it were all too easy for him.
The recording will be Classic FM’s ‘Album of the Week’ from 14th August.
Andrew Manze returns to the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center
Andrew Manze returns to New York this month for a week of performances at the Mostly Mozart Festival with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra from 8 August 2017. The festival is Lincoln Center's annual celebration of Mozart and his legacy, this year with a special focus on Schubert.
Manze's first two concerts, on 8 and 9 August, feature Joshua Bell and Steven Isserlis performing Brahms Double Concerto. This is followed by Bach Art of Fugue Contrapunctus XIV (arranged by Manze himself) and Mendelssohn Symphony No. 5 ‘Reformation’.
In the latter half the week, on 11 and 12 August, Manze leads the orchestra in two performances of Beethoven Violin Concerto with violinist Thomas Zehetmair and Mozart Symphony No. 40 ‘Great’.
Manze ends the month at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, where he conducts two concerts with the NDR Radiophilharmonie on 25 and 26 August. Manze has been the Principal Conductor of the orchestra since 2014, and for these concerts he leads them in a programme of Mozart 'Ch’io mi scordi di te?' (with soprano Christiane Karg), Mozart Symphony No. 31 ‘Paris’, Ravel Piano Concerto for the Left Hand (with pianist Alexandre Tharaud) and Ravel Shéhérazade.
Andrew Manze returns to the Munich Philharmonic with all-Brahms programme
Andrew Manze returns to the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra this month for two concerts on 6 and 7 July 2017 at the Philharmonie am Gasteig. Manze conducts the orchestra in an all-Brahms programme featuring Serenade No.1 in D major, Nänie, Gesang der Parzen and Schicksalslied.
Manze recorded a critically acclaimed Brahms symphonic cycle with the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra in 2012 which showed "the composer reinvented for the 21st century":
“You don't often find freshness and innovation in performances of the Brahms symphonies, but Manze's take is wholly individual: they burst with life, by turns wistful, yearning, sharp-edged and blisteringly incisive... Manze's vision provides more than an 'early music' approach to Brahms: this is the composer reinvented for the 21st century.”
Guardian, May 2012
“This is a remarkable new Brahms cycle: one of the most fiery, original and thought-provoking sets of the symphonies to have appeared in the digital era… Hearing Andrew Manze’s set of these masterpieces, I feel as if I have been on a fascinating and stirring journey of rediscovery.”
International Record Review, April 2012
“Brimming with enthusiasm and knowledge... [Manze] has found a new way of listening to Brahms ... [This is] full of wonderfully radiant playing ... I’ve never heard [the second symphony] played as lovingly as this ... Chamber music[-making] to an extraordinary degree.”
CD Review, BBC Radio 3, April 2012
"The conductor so good I nearly crashed my car": Andrew Manze profiled by the Daily Telegraph
Andrew Manze's recent performances with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra have prompted a glowing profile in the Daily Telegraph by columnist and ardent Vaughan Williams fan Simon Heffer. The concerts were part of their ongoing project to perform and record all nine of Vaughan Williams’ symphonies.
Heffer describes Manze as “the greatest living interpreter of Vaughan Williams’ music, and especially of his symphonies.”
“When I first heard that disc [of Vaughan Williams Symphonies No.2 and 8], and despite having already numerous recordings of both symphonies by conductors so close to Vaughan Williams as Boult and Barbirolli, and as insightful about him as Vernon Handley and André Previn, I realised Manze was taking me further inside the works than I had ever been before.
This should not have surprised me. A few years ago, I found a performance of the Fourth Symphony by Manze and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, broadcast on Radio 3, so absorbing I almost crashed my car.”
Heffer also offers some insight into Manze’s approach to the British composer’s work:
“Why is Manze so good at Vaughan Williams? First, he goes back to the original scores and looks carefully at them: so carefully that the Liverpool concert of the Fifth was the first given as the composer intended since he himself last conducted it – because two squiggles in the score that were thought to be notes, and which have been played in every other performance and recording but which the composer knew not to be there, were not notes at all. Manze realised this after listening to a 1952 recording of Vaughan Williams conducting it.
But he also seems to understand the mind of the composer, allowing him to relay his vision with true clarity; and has a keen appreciation of the context in which the music was written. If you add that to superb musicianship and a natural affinity for Vaughan Williams’ idiom, you have a combination of qualities that can only lead to inspirational performances.
The performances of the Fifth and Sixth were awesome ... He brings out the significance of every note, played by an orchestra whose coherence and comprehension of these scores lacks nothing. It was time for a truly great modern Vaughan Williams cycle, and this is it.”
The first CD in Manze’s Vaughan Williams cycle with the RLPO, a recording of Symphonies No.2 and 8 published by Onyx Classics, received widespread critical acclaim on its release in April 2016:
"Manze keeps a tight rein but lets the music blossom. The RLPO and its excellent soloists make a warm, lustrous sound."
Guardian, April 2016
"Manze guides the music with affection and sensitivity, obtaining refined playing from the RLPO ... Manze finds the poetry in the music ... the hushed closing pages are truly magical."
MusicWeb-International.com, May 2016
"Manze never puts a foot wrong."
theartsdesk.com, May 2016
Andrew Manze conducts Weber & Berlioz in return to the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Andrew Manze returns to the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra this month for a concert on 4 May at the Grieghallen. Manze is a regular guest of the orchestra, last conducting them in December 2016.
Manze leads the orchestra in a programme of Weber and Berlioz, including Berlioz Harold in Italy with soloist Lawrence Power. Manze and Power also perform the piece together with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra the preceding week.
Manze's other highlights of 2017 so far include conducting the world premiere of Sir James MacMillan's Concertino for Horns & Strings with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, a return to the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and concerts with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg.
Andrew Manze extends contract as Principal Conductor of the NDR Radiophilharmonie until 2021
Andrew Manze has extended his tenure as Principal Conductor of the NDR Radiophilharmonie until 2021. Manze, who has occupied the position since 2014, signed the contract in Hanover today, extending his time at the helm of the orchestra until the end of the 2020/21 season.
NDR Intendant Lutz Marmor commented:
“Andrew Manze’s hallmark inspiration, communication, and outstanding musical talent make him a highly respected figure well beyond the city of Hannover. His leadership has raised the NDR Radiophilharmonie to a new level of artistic excellence. We have secured an extension of Andrew Manze’s time with the orchestra before the end of his current contract. In addition to ensuring greater certainty when planning the orchestra’s future, both the ensemble and the City of Music Hannover will benefit greatly from this step.”
Speaking about the contract extension, Andrew Manze said:
“It has always been a privilege and a pleasure to work for the NDR and make music with the members of the Radiophilharmonie, so I am delighted and honoured that they have asked me to extend my time as Principal Conductor. It is important to me that I have great colleagues ‘backstage’, especially the manager of the orchestra, Matthias Ilkenhans, whom I value as a creative partner, always thinking of the future concert life. I am very grateful to have more seasons to look forward to with this NDR team and the excellent musicians of the NDR Radiophilharmonie.”
In addition to a recent tour of Asia, this year Manze is set to travel with the orchestra to make guest appearances in Paris and London. As well as touring projects, the NDR Radiophilharmonie and Manze released their first CD this March on Pentatone, a recording of Mendelssohn Symphonies No.1 and No.3. This marks the beginning of a series planned by Pentatone that will include all of Mendelssohn’s symphonies.
Andrew Manze conducts world premiere of Sir James MacMillan Concertino for Horns & Strings
Andrew Manze returns to the Scottish Chamber Orchestra this month to conduct the world premiere of Sir James MacMillan Concertino for Horn and Strings at Younger Hall, St Andrews, on 2 March 2017. Manze conducts the orchestra and horn soloist Alec Frank-Gemmill in two further concerts at Glasgow City Halls and The Queen's Hall, Edinburgh, on 3 and 4 March.
The world premiere is part of the Glasgow-wide MacMillan Celebration, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra's month-long celebration of recent works by the composer in partnership with the BBC SSO, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Hebrides Ensemble and Glasgow Life.
Manze is a regular guest of the SCO and conducted them in a critically-acclaimed performance of Beethoven and Mozart last season:
"Manze, with unstoppable drive and energy, powered the SCO through incisive performances of Beethoven’s Coriolan and Prometheus Overtures with the SCO delivering the goods in clean, vibrato-free lines that took the breath away, while ensuring the mandatory bag of Beethovenian rivets gave the music teeth, bite, edge and rasp."
Five stars, Herald Scotland
"The Beethoven overtures ... [were] delivered with such excitement, precision and theatricality."
Five Stars, Scotsman
Francesco Piemontesi returns to the NDR Radiophilharmonie with Andrew Manze
Francesco Piemontesi returns to the NDR Radiophilharmonie this month, performing Brahms Piano Concerto No.1 under the baton of Andrew Manze on 16, 17 and 18 February. Piemontesi and Manze last performed together in July 2016, when they gave a critically acclaimed concert with the LA Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl:
"...an unaffected, alternately sparkling and passionately inward rendition of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No.4, featuring Swiss pianist Francesco Piemontesi in his L.A. Phil debut... Piemontesi showed an unpredictable temperament all his own... Throughout, Manze and the orchestra proved sensitive collaborators in this most dialogue-intensive of Beethoven's concertos."
LA Times, August 2016
Following the concerto, Manze conducts the orchestra in a performance of Sibelius Symphony No.2.
Andrew Manze returns to the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Andrew Manze returns once more to the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester this month, conducting two concerts on 26 and 27 January 2017 at the Gewandhaus zu Leipzig. Manze joins the orchestra to conduct Haydn Symphony No.101 in D major ‘The Clock’, Thomas Adès Violin Concerto (with soloist Anthony Marwood) and Holst The Planets.
Andrew Manze has given several performances with the orchestra, and his performance in February 2016 was highly praised:
“Whatever the exceptional Andrew Manze asked for [from the Gewandhausorchester] ... was delivered in real time: wonderfully delicate strings, spotless, yet warm-sounding woodwind, and brass that was as pointed as it was disciplined.”
Leipziger Volkszeitung, February 2016
Andrew Manze & Daniil Trifonov return to the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Daniil Trifonov and Andrew Manze return to the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra this month for two performances at the Stockholm Concert Hall on 11 and 12 January 2016.
Manze a programme of Bacewicz Overture, his own orchestration of Lawes Fantasy in G minor and Vaughan Williams Symphony No.6, while Trifonov joins the orchestra to perform Schumann Piano Concerto.
The concert on 11 January will be recorded for deferred broadcast by the Swedish Broadcasting Corporation.
Andrew Manze & Denis Kozhukhin return to the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg
Andrew Manze returns to the Orchestre Philharmonie du Luxembourg this month, conducting two concerts at the Philharmonie Luxembourg on 14 and 16 December 2016.
In the first, he conducts the orchestra in a performance of Haydn Symphony No. 103 in E-flat major ‘Drumroll’. For the second, he is joined by Denis Kozhukhin for a performance of Haydn Keyboard Concerto No.11, which is bookended by Haydn Symphony No.103 and Nielsen Symphony No.5.
Manze begins 2017 with two concerts with Daniil Trifonov and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, while Kozhukhin returns to Germany to perform Rachmaninov Piano Concertos No.3 and No.4 with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Andrew Manze returns to the Bergen Philharmonic at the Grieghallen
Andrew Manze returns to the Bergen Philharmonic this month for a performance at the Grieghallen on 8 December 2016.
Manze, recently described as “the best conductor of Vaughan Williams alive today” (Daily Telegraph, November 2016), conducts Vaughan Williams Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra with soloists Hélène Mercier and Louis Lortie, the highlight of a programme that also features Haydn Symphony No. 47 in G major ‘Palindrome’, and Sibelius Symphony No. 5 in E-flat major.
Manze then travels to Luxembourg for concerts with the Luxembourg Philharmonic and soloist Denis Kozhukhin.
Andrew Manze conducts English choral music with the Swedish Radio Choir
Andrew Manze begins the month in Stockholm with a concert with the Swedish Radio Choir at the Engelbrektskyrkan on 3 December 2016.
Manze conducts a programme of English choral music, including Gibbons Not unto us, O Lord, Purcell I was Glad when they said unto me, Vaughan Williams Mass in G minor, Sally Beamish In the Stillness and Parry Lord, let me know mine end.
He then travels to Norway for a concert with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra at the Grieghallen on 8 December, before joining Denis Kozhukhin and the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg for two concerts at the Philharmonie Luxembourg on 14 and 16 December.
Andrew Manze returns to conduct the Hallé Orchestra at Bridgewater Hall
Andrew Manze returns to the Hallé this month for three concerts at Bridgewater Hall in Manchester on 16, 17 and 20 November 2016. Manze conducts the orchestra in a programme of Wagner Overture to The Flying Dutchman, Beethoven Piano Concerto No.5 with soloist Martin Helmchen and Sibelius Symphony No.2. Manze is a regular guest at the Hallé, with Bachtrack praising his "punchy and vigorous" performance with the orchestra in March 2016.
Manze closes the year with performances with his NDR Radiophilharmonie, the Bergen Philharmonic and Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg.
NDR Radiophilharmonie tours to Asia with Andrew Manze
Following their successful tour in 2014, Intermusica brings the NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover to Asia for a tour of China and South Korea conducted by Andrew Manze from 14 October 2016.
The tour begins on 14 October at the Shanghai Symphony Hall, continues to the NCPA in Beijing on 16 October, Suzhou Culture and Arts Centre on 21 October and culminates with a performance at the Tongyeong International Music Festival in South Korea on 23 October.
Manze and the orchestra are joined for the tour by Sir András Schiff, who performs concertos by Mozart (No.9 ‘Jeunehomme’) and Beethoven (No.5). The programme also features Beethoven Symphony No.3 ‘Eroica’, a piece which Manze has said we ought to “thank Beethoven for”, as well as Mendelssohn Symphony No.3 ‘Scottish’.
Francesco Piemontesi makes his LA Philharmonic debut & Andrew Manze returns to Hollywood Bowl to conduct
Francesco Piemontesi makes his Los Angeles Philharmonic debut on 11 August 2016 when he performs Beethoven Piano Concerto No.4 at the Hollywood Bowl under the baton of fellow Intermusica artist Andrew Manze.
Piemontesi performed the concerto with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in 2014, a performance that was highly praised:
"Francesco Piemontesi went on to deliver one of the most assured performances of the piece I can recall hearing. Piemontesi’s conception was mobile, almost daringly so, and unfussy. Yet, he rendered this concerto’s uniquely rhapsodic elements with a deeply-felt intensity and, at times, an ecstatic quality…"
Manze also joins the LA Phil at the Hollywood Bowl on 9 August, conducting an all-Mozart programme of the overture to Don Giovanni, Violin Concerto No.5 'Turkish' with soloist Arabella Steinbacher and Symphony No.41 'Jupiter'.
Andrew Manze conducts the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and Johannes Moser in Geneva
Andrew Manze travels to Switzerland this month to conduct the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande on 3 July 2016 at Geneva’s Parc de la Grange.
Manze conducts a programme of Brahms Tragic Overture, Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo Theme with soloist Johannes Moser and Elgar Variations on an Original Theme, Op.36, ‘Enigma’.
Andrew Manze conducts Camerata Salzburg at Mozartfest Würzburg
Andrew Manze joins the Camerata Salzburg at the Mozartfest Würzburg this month, conducting them in a performance at the Würzburg Residence on 15 June 2016.
The programme for this concert, which will be recorded for future broadcast on Bavarian Radio, includes Handel Overture and Introduction to the second act of Acis and Galatea; J.C. Bach Symphony in G minor; Mozart Symphony No.31 in D major; Mozart Adagio and Fugue in C minor and Haydn Symphony No.98 in B flat major.
Earlier in the month, Manze conducts two concerts with the NDR Sinfonieorchester Hannover. The programme for the two concerts includes Franck, Bruckner and Mozart Piano Concerto No.14 in E-flat major with soloist Emmanuel Ax.
Andrew Manze conducts Vaughan Williams with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Andrew Manze returns to conduct four concerts with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra this month, beginning with an an all-Vaughan Williams programme at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall on 5 May 2016. Manze conducts a programme of Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, Symphony No.4, Linden Lea and Symphony No. 3 ‘Pastoral’. Following this, Manze and the orchestra spend two days recording the symphonies and Linden Lea as part of the Vaughan Williams symphonic cycle they are recording with Onyx.
The following week, Andrew Manze conducts the orchestra in three further concerts on 12, 13 and 14 May, with a programme of Rossini Il Signor Bruschino Overture, Mozart Flute and Harp Concerto in C major and Mendelssohn Symphony No. 3 ‘Scottish’.
Intermusica leads eight major Asia tours in 2016
Intermusica will take eight world-class ensembles to Asia in 2016 in a year of ground-breaking firsts. Watch our video below to find out more.
Academy of Ancient Music
- Conducted by Richard Egarr
- First British orchestra to play in Prince Mahidol Hall, Bangkok
- Marking 275th anniversary of Vivaldi’s death
Budapest Festival Orchestra
- Conducted by Iván Fischer with soloist Ning Feng
- BFO’s debut in Xi’an, the ancient capital of China
- Chinese premiere of Dutilleux’s L’arbre des songes
Choir of King's College, Cambridge
- Choir’s debut in Nanjing and Tianjin and fourth Intermusica tour to China
- Opening Beijing NCPA’s International Chorus Festival
Colin Currie Group
- Group's Macau debut
- Celebrating Steve Reich’s 80th birthday year
- Debut of Steve Reich's music at Macu International Music Festival
- Conducted by Sir Mark Elder
- Hallé's debut in Wuhan and Shanghai
- First British orchestra to collaborate with Chinese choruses in the Chinese premiere of William Walton’s Henry V
- Conducted by Andrew Manze
- UNESCO World Cities of Music collaboration with Tongyeong
- Sir Andras Schiff’s debut concerto tour of China
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
- Conducted by Osmo Vänskä with soloist Renaud Capuçon
- OSR's debut in India
The English Concert
- With soloists Tim Mead and Mary Bevan
- ‘Shakespeare in Love’: a concept designed by Intermusica in collaboration with The English Concert to celebrate Shakespeare 400
- The English Concert’s debut in Wuhan, Shanghai and Beijing
Andrew Manze & NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover perform Mahler Symphony No.5 in Monte Carlo
The NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover and Principal Conductor Andrew Manze travel to France this month, where they perform Mahler Symphony No.5 at the Festival Printemps des Arts de Monte Carlo on 8 April 2016. The festival programme is based around the works of Mahler, with his Lieder and symphonies performed as a series for the first time in Monaco.
Later in the year, Manze and the orchestra are joined by Sir Andras Schiff for a tour of Asia. Together they perform Beethoven, Mozart and Mendelssohn at major venues including Shanghai Symphony Hall and the NCPA, Beijing.
Andrew Manze conducts Grafenegg Festival's Easter Concert
Andrew Manze travels to Austria this month to conduct the Grafenegg Festival's Easter concert on 27 March 2016, for his Grafenegg debut. He conducts the Tonkünstler Orchestra in Mozart Symphony No.40 in G minor, Haydn 'Berenice, che fai?' with soprano Lisa Larsson and Haydn Creation Mass, with the Arnold Schoenberg choir, at the Auditorium Grafenegg.
Earlier in the month, Manze returns to the Hallé Orchestra, with whom he gives three concerts at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall on 9, 10 and 13 March. The programme for these concerts includes Mendelssohn Symphony No.4 in A major, Strauss Horn Concerto No.1 in E-flat major with soloist Laurence Rogers and Brahms Serenade No.2 in A major.
Andrew Manze returns to the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra for two performances
Andrew Manze returns to Leipzig this month to conduct two performances with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra at the Gewandhaus zu Leipzig on 18 and 19 February 2016. Manze conducts a programme including Haydn Symphony No. 93 in D major, Elgar Introduction and Allegro, Elgar Sospiri and Haydn Symphony No.94 in G major.
The following week, Manze returns to conduct the WDR Sinfonieorchester on 26 February at the Funkhaus in Cologne. Manze conducts a programme including Respighi Trittico botticelliano, Hindemith Der Schwanendreher and Brahms Serenade No.2 in A major. This concert will be broadcast live on WDR 3. Manze also performs the Brahms Serenade the previous day in a shorter concert at the Philharmonie Essen.
Andrew Manze conducts Beethoven Symphony No.9 with Münchner Philharmoniker
Andrew Manze ends 2015 by returning to the Münchner Philharmoniker to conduct three performances of Beethoven Symphony No.9 at the Gasteig on 30 and 31 December 2015 and 2 January 2016, the orchestra’s first concert of the new year. Manze and the orchestra are joined by the Munich Philharmonic choir and soloists Christian Karg (soprano), Wiebke Lehmkuhl (alto), Benjamin Bruns (tenor) and Tareq Nazmi (bass).
Andrew Manze and the NDR Radiophilharmonie embark on tour of Germany and Austria
Andrew Manze conduct the NDR Philharmonie as they embark on a tour of Germany and Austria from 19 to 25 November 2015. Beginning the tour in the orchestra’s home city of Hannover, the programme includes the Prelude to Haydn The Creation, Sørensen Trumpet Concerto, Haydn Trumpet Concerto (both with Tine Thing Helseth as soloist) and Brahms Symphony No.4. The tour continues to the Cologne Philharmonie on 20 November, the Konzerthaus Freiburg on 22 November and the Vienna Musikverein on 25 November.
Andrew Manze conducts NDR Radiophilharmonie's debut performance at Salzburg Grosses Festspielhaus
Andrew Manze conducts the NDR Radiophilharmonie in three concerts on 11, 12, and 13 November 2015 at the Großes Festspielhaus in Salzburg, the orchestra’s debut performances at the venue.
The first two concerts feature a programme of Weber Der Freischütz (Overture), Beethoven Piano Concerto No.4 with Austrian pianist Ingolf Wunder and Brahms Symphony No.2. In the third concert, broadcast live on NDR Kultur, Manze conducts Glinka Ruslan and Lyudmila (Overture), Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1 (with Wunder) and Tchaikovsky Symphony No.5.
Andrew Manze returns to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and CBSO
Andrew Manze returns to conduct the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra on 8 October 2015 at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. The programme features Vaughan Williams’ Symphony No.8 in D minor, Robin Holloway Tuba Concerto with soloist Robin Haggart and Holst’s The Planets.
Later in the month, from 22 to 24 October, Manze returns to the UK to conduct the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in two performances at Symphony Hall, Birmingham. The programme features Mozart Piano Concerto No.25 in C major, performed by Francesco Piemontesi, and Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem.
Andrew Manze opens NDR Radiophilharmonie season and returns to Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
Andrew Manze marks the beginning of his second season as Principal Conductor of the NDR Radiophilharmonie in the first concerts of their 15/16 season on 10, 11 and 12 September 2015 at the Landesfunkhaus Niedersachsen. The programme for the concerts includes Beethoven Symphony No.2 and Symphony No.9. Manze and the orchestra are joined by soloists Simona Saturová (soprano), Angelica Voje (mezzo-soprano), Maximilian Schmitt (tenor) and Tareq Nazmi (bass).
The following week, Manze returns to the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra for three concerts on 16, 17 and 18 September. These concerts also feature an all-Beethoven programme: the Coriolan Overture, Piano Concerto No.1 with soloist Sveinung Bjelland and Symphony No. 5.
Andrew Manze returns to Mostly Mozart Festival for fourth consecutive year
Andrew Manze returns to the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York on 18 August 2015, his fourth consecutive year at the festival. Manze conducts Mozart Adagio and Fugue in C minor, K.546 and Schumann Symphony No.2 in two performances at the Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center on 18 and 19 August. The rest of the programme includes works by J.S. Bach led by violinist Joshua Bell.
Andrew Manze conducts opening concert of Mecklenburg Vorpommern with NDR Hannover
Andrew Manze conducts the opening concert of the 2015 Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern on 20 June 2015, just one of several performances with the NDR Hannover this month. The concert at Konzertkirche Neubrandenburg will open with Jörg Duda Festival Overture, specially composed for the occasion, followed by Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D major with soloist Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Berlioz Symphonie fantastique.
Earlier in the month Manze returns to the Bergen Interntional Festival, where he will conduct the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra at the Grieghallen on 6 June. The first half of the programme includes Sibelius Symphony No.7 and the world premiere of Per Nørgård’s Double Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra with soloists Peter Herresthal and Jakob Kullberg (a co-commission by the Bergen International Festival, Danish National Symphony Orchestra and New York Philharmonic Orchestra). The concert closes with Nordheim Floating followed by Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor with soloist Ronald Brautigam.
Andrew Manze extends contract as Music Director of NDR Radiophilharmonie
Andrew Manze and the NDR Radiophilharmonie have agreed an early extension to Manze’s contract as Music Director in order to continue their successful artistic partnership. NDR announced the news at a press conference in Hanover on Friday 17 April. Manze assumed his role in Hanover in summer 2014. Even though his first season is not yet over, his contract with the NDR Radiophilharmonie, which was initially scheduled for a period of three years, has now been extended for an additional two years until the end of the 2018/19 season.
Andrew Manze: “Good music requires trust and friendship. I’ve found both at the NDR Radiophilharmonie – as well as a fantastic, kind and appreciative audience. I think of it as the “Hanover factor”. This is what has provided the basis for our fertile artistic collaboration and the many extraordinary concerts in recent months. That’s why I’m so delighted to be Music Director of the NDR Radiophilharmonie and why I’m so looking forward to the coming years.”
NDR Director Lutz Marmor: “Andrew Manze has got off to a fantastic start in Hanover. He’s a great motivator and a consummate professional with an enormous musical range. Only a handful of people are able to arouse the enthusiasm of musicians and audiences like Andrew Manze can. That’s why this early extension is extremely good news for both our musicians and our loyal audience.”
Andrea Zietzschmann, NDR Head of Music, Orchestras and Ensembles: “We’re delighted to be continuing our partnership with Andrew Manze until 2019 and to be able to start planning more joint initiatives, projects and tours. Manze is a wonderful artist, a great communicator and a real source of inspiration with exacting standards of quality and incredible charisma. In just one season, the NDR Radiophilharmonie has experienced such a dynamic development with Manze that we can’t wait to see what we have to look forward to in coming years.”
Andrew Manze returns to Munich Philharmonic for three concerts
Andrew Manze returns for three performances with the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra on 10, 11 and 12 April. Conducting Mendelssohn Elijah at the Philharmonie am Gasteig, Manze and the orchestra will be joined by soloists Sally Matthews, Daniela Sindram, Christian Elsner and Michael Volle.
In May, Manze also returns to the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra. Manze will give two performances on 1 and 2 May at the Hessischer Rundfunk Sendesaal, when he will perform J.S. Bach Suite No.3 and Keyboard Concerto No.1 with soloist Igor Levit, Arvo Pärt Wenn Bach Bienen gezuchtet hatte and Mendelssohn Symphony No.5. The performance on 1 May will be broadcast live on HR2.
Andrew Manze makes his London Philharmonic Orchestra debut
Andrew Manze makes his debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall on 11 March. Manze opens the concert with Elgar Introduction and Allegro, followed by Ireland Piano Concerto with soloist Piers Lane; the second half of the performance will feature Walton Symphony No.1. The concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.
Later this month, Manze returns to both the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Manze will give three performances with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra at Glasgow City Halls (16 and 19 March, the first of which will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3) and Perth Concert Hall (19 March), when he will conduct works by Stenhammar, Nilsen, Sibelius and Beethoven. The following week, Manze returns to give two performances with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall, Birmingham. The concerts will take place on 25 and 28 March and the programme will include Vaughan Williams Five Variants on 'Dives and Lazarus', Beethoven Piano Concerto No.2 with soloist Steven Osborne and Brahms Symphony No.2.
Andrew Manze makes his Los Angeles Philharmonic debut
Andrew Manze travels to the US in February to make his debut with two orchestras, beginning with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Manze will conduct three concerts with the LA Philharmonic on 6, 7 and 8 February at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. The programme will include Mozart Symphony No.35, Haydn Trumpet Concerto, Mozart Horn Concerto No.4 and Haydn Symphony No.104, 'London'.
The following week, Manze will make his debut with the St Paul Chamber Orchestra with whom he will give three performances at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts on 12, 13 and 14 February. The programme will open with Peter Lieberson Neruda Songs with soloist Kelley O'Connor and the second half will feature Beethoven Symphony No.9, when Manze will be joined by Hyunah Yu, Kelley O'Connor, Michael Colvin, Andrew Foster-Williams and the St Paul Chamber Orchestra Chorale.
At the end of the month, Manze returns to the Finnish Radio Orchestra for one performance on 27 February. Manze will concert two ‘London’ symphonies: Haydn Symphony No.104 and Vaughan Williams Symphony No.2.
Andrew Manze returns to Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Having been one of the orchestra’s Artists in Residence in 2013/14, Andrew Manze returns to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra this month for three performances with the orchestra. On 4 December (Liverpool Philharmonic Hall) and 7 December (Preston Guildhall), Manze will conduct Butterworth Two English Idylls, Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending, Walton Façade: Suite No.1 and Vaughan Williams Symphony No.2.
The following week, Manze gives another performance at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall on 10 December when he will conduct a different programme including Mozart The Marriage of Figaro: Overture, Brahms Violin Concerto with soloist Vilde Frang and Beethoven Symphony No.6. This performance will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.
Andrew Manze: first tour as Principal Conductor of NDR Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
Andrew Manze became the Principal Conductor of the NDR Radio Philharmonic Orchestra in Hannover in August 2014, and embarks on his first tour with the orchestra at the end of November. The tour begins in Düsseldorf on 23 November, continues in Braunschweig (24 November) and Osnabruck (25 November) and finishes on 28 November with a concert at Berlin Konzerthaus.
On the tour, Manze and his orchestra perform works including Dohnayi Symphonische Minuten für Orchester, Korngold Violin Concerto with soloist Daniel Hope and Stravinsky The Firebird Suite (1919 version).
Manze conducted his first concert in Hannover as Principal Conductor of the orchestra on 13 September 2014, in a special occasion to celebrate the 300th anniversary of George I’s accession to the throne in England. The concert was livestreamed on NDR TV and was watched by half a million spectators, while the the Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung praised Manze and the orchestra for the performance:
“In concert, the conductor impressed – not only for his exuberant energy – but with a baton which always allowed for more attention than you could hope for, with great feeling for huge emotions and for the colours of individual works.”
Click here to watch videos of Manze speaking about his appointment at the NDR Radio Philharmonic Orchestra.
Andrew Manze returns to Mostly Mozart Festival and BBC Proms
During August, Andrew Manze conducts at the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York in concerts on 1 and 2 August, and at the BBC Proms on 17 August.
Manze returns to the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York for his third consecutive year for two concerts at the Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center. For both concerts, he conducts Beethoven Piano Concerto No.5 ‘Emperor’ with soloist Steven Osborne, followed by Haydn Symphony No.104 ‘London’.
On 17 August, Manze returns to the BBC Proms for a performance to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. The concert features a range of repertoire reflecting the responses of composers affected by the conflict. Manze conducts the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and soloists Allan Clayton and Roderick Thomson. Together they perform Stephan Music for Orchestra (1912), Kelly Elegy for strings, in memoriam Rupert Brooke, Butterworth Six Songs from 'A Shropshire Lad' (orch. P. Brookes) and Vaughan Williams 'Pastoral' Symphony.
The Prom will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and televised on BBC Four on 22 August.
Andrew Manze makes his debut with New York Philharmonic
On 17 December at Avery Fisher Hall, Andrew Manze conducts the New York Philharmonic Orchestra for the first time. He will conduct Handel’s Messiah for this and four further performances on 18, 19, 20 and 21.
Manze and the New York Philharmonic will be joined by soloists soprano Joélle Harvey, mezzo-soprano Tamara Mumford, tenor Allan Clayton and bass Matthew Rose.
This is one of several major orchestral debuts for Manze; in November he conducted the Leipzig Gewandhaus for the first time, and further forthcoming debuts include Los Angeles Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Frankfurt Radio Symphony and Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo orchestras.
Andrew Manze: debut with Leipzig Gewandhaus and Artist in Residence with RLPO
Andrew Manze makes his debut with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig on 21 November at the Gewandhaus, with two further performances on 22 and 23 November.
The programme for the concerts opens with Britten Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, followed by Britten Piano Concerto with soloist Benjamin Grosvenor. After the interval, Manze will conduct Purcell In nomine (in seven parts) in his own arrangement, and the concerts will conclude with Mozart Symphony No.40.
At the end of the month, Manze makes a welcome return to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, where he will be one of the orchestra's Artists in Residence. As part of this residency, Manze gives four concerts celebrating the centenary of Britten's birth. The first performance on 30 November at the Philharmonic Hall includes Schumann Faust Overture, Britten Les Illuminations with soloist Lisa Larsson and Mahler Symphony No.4.
The following week, Manze gives three further performances (on 5, 6 and 8 December) with a second programme of Schubert Symphony No.3, Schumann Piano Concerto with Ronald Brautigam, Purcell Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary (orch. Britten/Manze), Chacony in G minor (arr. Manze) and Mozart Symphony No.40.