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On Tour

The DSO and Robin Ticciati in Cologne and Amsterdam

Music director Robin Ticciati and the DSO are on tour playing concerts at the Cologne Philharmonie and the Concertgebouw Amsterdam on February 12 and 13.

Chopin's second piano concerto with its brilliant and highly virtuoso solo part ist played by acclaimed pianist Jan Lisiecki. With the composer's two piano concertos the then 15 year old Canadian of Polish descent rose to fame in 2010. Five years later he gave his celebrated DSO debut with Chopin's first concerto.

Also on the programme: Strawinsky's colourful ballet ›Firebird‹ (in Cologne) and Antonín Dvořák's ninth symphony (in Amsterdam) as well as Rachmaninov's elegiac tone poem ›Isle of the Dead‹.

Concerts in Berlin are to follow on February 20 and 21.

CD Release

Beethoven's piano concertos: New Complete recording with Martin Helmchen and Andrew Manze

A longtime artistic partnership has been connecting the DSO with pianist Martin Helmchen and conductor Andrew Manze respectively. In May 2018 they jointly started a successful cooperation with a concert series dedicated to the complete Beethoven piano concertos with the third instalment coming up in February 2020. In the run-up to the composer's 250th birthday celebrations they are recording the complete series for the Alpha Classics label. Co-produced by rbbKultur, the first CD with piano concertos 2 and 5 is being published on October 25.

CD Release

Beethoven's piano concertos 0–5: Complete recording with Mari Kodama and Kent Nagano

Conductor laureate Kent Nagano has joined forces with his wife, pianist Mari Kodama, and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin for a new complete recording of Beethoven's piano concertos for the Berlin Classics label, co-produced by Deutschlandfunk Kultur. The 4 cd box also includes a recording of the young composer's piano concerto nr. 0 and has been released on October 11.

Oct 3 – 20

Asia Tour with Robin Ticciati

3 countries, 5 cities, 10 concerts, 18 days, 78 flight cases and 118 travellers – these facts only give a taste of the upcoming Asia tour of DSO with its music director Robin Ticciati. They are on the road between October 3rd and 20th, travelling to Japan, South Korea and China.

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They travel with a broad repertoire – piano and violin concertos, orchestra songs, symphonies and tone poems, by composers such as Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Mahler, Mozart, Rachmaninov, Shostakovich and Strauss. Celebrating 25 years of town twinning between Berlin an Tokyo, the DSO begins its tour with a five concert / four halls residence in the Japanese capital and is joined by numerous Japanese soloists, i.e. violinist Moné Hattori or pianist Nobujuki Tsujii. Also on the programme is a chamber concert of DSO's Polyphonia Ensemble Berlin at the German ambassador's residence. For the second part of the tour with two concerts in Seoul (South Korea) and concerts in Beijing, Nanjing and Shanghai (China) the orchestra is joined by violinist Nicola Benedetti.

CD Release

Duruflé and Debussy with Robin Ticciati

The fourth joint recording by Music Director Robin Ticciati and the DSO is being released right at the beginning of his third season on September 6, with works by Duruflé and Debussy. The acclaimed mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená can be heard once again. The recording is a Linn Records label release.

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After the third recording, released in March 2019, which documented an interpretation of Bruckner’s Sixth Symphony that critics praised as “touching”, “stirring” and “breathtaking”, Robin Ticciati and the DSO have returned to French music for their fourth recording. Maurice Duruflé (1902–1986), the “last Impressionist”, was a musical, conservative, a successor to Fauré, Debussy, Dukas and Ravel. Admired as a teacher and celebrated as one of the greatest organists of his era, he composed slowly and released only a few works for publication. His intimate knowledge of Gregorian chant finds expression in the Requiem, which was composed at the end of the 1940s. It feels like it has fallen out of time, yet with its extraordinary colourfulness, beauty and power it is among the most important sacred works of the 20th century—a masterpiece that Robin Ticciati considers “balsam for the soul ... filled with enormous hope and peaceful searching”. The existing orchestral version, which was composed before the organ version usually played, resurrects the Impressionists’ world of sound in its unique fusing of choral and orchestral colours.

It’s no wonder therefore that Ticciati is placing the Requiem beside the magically shimmering tone paintings of Debussy’s ‘Nocturnes’: overcast ‘Nuages’, bucolically high-spirited ‘Fêtes’, and the wondrously enchanting Finale with the wordless chorus of the ‘Sirènes’, revolutionary for its time. The Rundfunkchor Berlin will take on the choral parts; a highly esteemed choir, they’ve been a partner of the DSO for many years, and have won many prizes; Czech mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená was won over as the soloist.

The new release in September 2019 is the continuation of the collaboration the DSO initiated with Linn Records in 2017. The multiple award-winning label, with its carefully curated portfolio, is geared at an audiophile target group and offers, in addition to sound carriers, high-resolution studio master files for download. Other joint productions are already being prepared.  

CD Release

Tianwa Yang plays Brahms

Together with DSO and conductor Antoni Wit virtuoso Tianwa Yang presents a new, highly allcaimed recording of Brahms' violin concerto, published by NAXOS. The chinese violinist, international soloist and professor at Basel and Würzburg conservatories has been awarded with two ECHO Klassik awards and was described by FAZ newspaper as »best violinist far and wide«. The CD also contains a recording of Brahms' double concerto featuring Berlin cellist Gabriel Schwabe.

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Individual ticket sale starts July 15.

CD Release

Bruckner 6 with Robin Ticciati

DSO's third CD with music director Robin Ticciati is dedicated to the sixth symphony by Anton Bruckner, documenting a performance praised by the Berlin media as »sheer breathtaking« (Berliner Zeitung), »electrifying« (Der Tagesspiegel) and »touching« (Kulturradio vom rbb).

CD Release

Kinan Azmeh – Music for clarinet and orchestra

›Uneven Sky‹ is the name of a new CD recorded by Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and Syrian clarinetist Kinan Azmeh, conducted by Manuel Nawri. Release date in Germany is February 8.

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