31st Colmar Music Festival: Tribute to Claudio Abbado

31st Colmar International Music Festival: Tribute to Claudio Abbado

The 31 edition of the International Music Festival in Colmar (France) will take place from July 4 to July 14, 2019. This year the feast of music in Alsace is dedicated to the memory of the great Italian conductor Claudio Abbado  (1933–2014). The main events are scheduled again to occur at the Église Saint-Matthieu, and the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia will take part in  many of them as usual.

Vladimir Spivakov, the Artistic Director and an invariable participant of the Colmar Festival, and Hubert Niess, the Festival Director, have decided to pay homage to Claudio Abbado by choosing the works, dear to the Maestro's heart, and the artists who had had close contacts with him. Among them there are Renaud Capuçon, once the first violin of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, founded by Abbado, Emmanuel Pahud, the flute of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra directed by Abbado for many years, and Viktoria Mullova, the Maestro's former wife who will play with the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia and take part in a recital with their son Misha Mullov-Abbado, a jazz double bassist.

For Vladimir Spivakov Claudio Abbado has been one of the great masters with whom he had played many a time as a soloist and hence gained a huge professional experience which later helped him immensely in becoming a conductor.

An encyclopedic mind and a musician open to each and every style, Claudio Abbado remains, five years after his death, a source of inspiration for all musicians.

He was characterised by the spirit of sharing from an early age: in Vienna, where hзe completed his training, he not only took orchestral conducting lessons but also took piano lessons, performed chamber music and participated as a chorister in numerous concerts with the Vienna Philharmonic, gaining an inside view of orchestra conducting under the baton of the greatest names of the era: Josef Krips, Bruno Walter, Herbert von Karajan… In 1958, he won the Koussevitszky Competition in the USA, which opened a host of doors for him, including at La Scala, where he began his career in 1960. He won over Bernstein (who made him his assistant at the New York Orchestra in 1963) and then Karajan, who invited him to the Salzburg Festival... His next success was in 1968, when La Scala appointed him Head Conductor and then Musical Director. He was to stay at La Scala until 1986, during which time he revolutionized this temple of lyric art, opening its repertoire in all directions.

When he left La Scala, it was to become Musical Director of the Vienna Opera! He was tireless at building bridges and founded several youth orchestras in order to promote intercultural exchanges and break down barriers (European Union Youth Orchestra, Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, etc.). To crown this already exceptional career, he took over the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra on the death of Karajan.

Abbado headed the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra till 2002 and stopped his concert activities after 2008. His accomplishments in the music art had been accoladed by numerous prestigious awards. In the 2010 poll of the BBC Music Magazine Abbado was the third on the list of the 20 greatest conductors of all times.

July 4–14, 2019
The 31st Colmar International Festival: Tribute to Claudio Abbado

St Matthieu

July 4, 2019
Soloist – Alexander Romanovsky, piano
Conductor – Vladimir Spivakov
Beethoven. Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major (“Emperor”), Op. 73
Beethoven. Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92

July 5, 2019
Soloist – Sharon Kam, basset-clarinet (Israel)
Chœur Philharmonique de Strasbourg
Conductor – Rani Calderon (Israel)
Calderon. Prelude “Notre-Dame de Paris”
Mozart. Concerto for clarinet and orchestra in A major, KV 622
Debussy. Nocturnes, L. 91
Debussy. The Sea (La Mer), three symphonic sketches for orchestra, L. 109

July 6, 2019
Soloist – Gotier Capuçon, cello (France)
Conductor – Vladimir Spivakov
Dvořák. Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104
Tchaikovsky. Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36

July 7, 2019
Soloists: María Dueñas, violin (Spain)
Emmanuel Pahud, flute (France)
Conductor – Vladimir Spivakov
Paganini. Concerto No. 1 for violin and orchestra in D major, Op. 6
Mozart. Concerto No. 1 for flute and orchestra in G major, KV 313
Mendelssohn. Symphony No. 4 in A major (“Italian”), Op. 90

July 9, 2019
Soloist – Viktoria Mullova, violin (UK)
Conductor – Andrey Boreyko
Mahler. Blumine
Shostakovich. Concerto No. 1 for violin and orchestra in A minor, Op. 77
Dvořák. Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88

July 10, 2019
Soloist – Svetlana Stepchenko, viola
Conductor – Brian Schembri (Malta)
Berlioz. Harold in Italy (Harold en Italie): Symphony with viola obbligato, Op. 16
Berlioz. Roman Carnival (Le carnaval romain): Overture, Op. 9
Tchaikovsky. “Francesca da Rimini”: Symphonic Fantasy after Dante, Op. 32

July 11, 2019
Soloists: Hibla Gerzmava, soprano
Alexey Neklyudov, tenor  
Andrey Mikhailovsky, clarinet 
Conductor – Vladimir Spivakov
Verdi. Ouverture from the opera "La Forza del Destino"
Verdi. Leonora's aria («Pace, pace...») from the opera "La Forza del Destino"
Bellini. Ouverture from the opera "Norma"
Bellini. Norma's Cavatine («Casta diva...») from the opera "Norma"
Bassi. Variations for clarinet and orchestra on the themes from Verdi's opera "Rigoletto"
Donizetti. Anna Bolena's aria from the opera "Anna Bolena"
R. Strauss. Prélude from the opera "Capriccio"
Franck. Panis angelicus
Puccini.Intermezzo from the opera "Manon Lescaut"
Cilea. Adrienne Lecouvreur's aria («Ecco respiro...») from the opera "Adrienne Lecouvreur"
Verdi. Leonora's scene and aria («Miserere... ») from the opera "Il Trovatore"

July 12, 2019
Soloists: Vladimir Spivakov, violin
Anna Aglatova, soprano
Evgeniya Asanova, mezzo
Alexey Neklyudov, tenor
Daniil Chesnokov, bass
Academic Grand Choir «Masters of the Choral Singing»
Conductor – Vladimir Spivakov
Vivaldi. Concerto for violin and orchestra in E minor, RV 278
Vivaldi. Gloria in D major, RV 589
Mozart. Requiem for soloists, mixed chorus and orchestra in D minor, KV 626

July 13, 2019
Soloist – Alexandra Dovgan, piano
Conductor – Vladimir Spivakov
Mozart. Concerto No. 23 for piano and orchestra in A major, KV 488
Mahler. Symphony No. 1 in D major

July 14, 2019
Soloists: Anna Aglatova, soprano
Alexey Neklyudov, tenor
Vasily Ladyuk, baritone
Academic Grand Choir «Masters of the Choral Singing»
Conductor – Vladimir Spivakov
Mussorgsky. “Night on Bald Mountain”: Fantasy for orchestra
Taneyev. “John of Damascus” for mixed chorus and orchestra, Op. 1
Rachmaninoff. “The Bells” for soloists, mixed chorus and orchestra, Op. 35

Chapelle de St Pierre

July 5, 2019
Vladimir Spivakov, violin
Gotier Capuçon, cello (France)
Hélène Mercier-Arnault, piano (France)
Brahms. Sonata No. 1 for cello and piano in E minor, Op. 38
Brahms. Sonata No. 2 for violin and piano in A major, Op. 100
Dvořák. «Romantic pieces» for violin and piano, Op. 75

July 9, 2019
Anastasia Belukova, soprano
Vladimir Spivakov, violin
Timur Pirverdiev, violin
Peter Gladysh, cello
Zoya Abolitz, cembalo
J.S. Bach. Arias from cantatas No. 208, 57, 186, 68 and Mass in A major BWV 234;
Sonata for violin and cembalo in A major BWV 1015

Full 2019 Festival Programme 


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