World Music Day with Matthias Goerne and Manfred Honeck

October 1, 2019 | Tchaikovsky Concert Hall
Subscription Series No.10:  Vocal Evenings
Soloist – Matthias Goerne, bass-baritone (Germany)
Conductor – Manfred Honeck (Austria – the USA)
Beethoven. Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67
Wagner. Introduction to the opera “Tristan and Isolde”
             King Mark's Monologue from Act II of the opera “Tristan and Isolde”

             Isolde's Death Scene from the opera “Tristan and Isolde”
            The Dutchman's Monologue from the opera “The Flying Dutchman”
            The Ride of the Valkyries from the opera “The Valkyrie”
            Wotan's Farewell  and Magic Fire from the opera “The Valkyrie”

The National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia will celebrate International Music Day on October 1 at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall together with two world-famous outstanding musicians. Austrian condutor Manfred Honeck, a Grammy-prize winner, will direct the Russian collective for the first time  and will be joined by the renowned German bass-baritone Matthias Guerne in the second part of the concert.

For over 10 years, Manfred Honeck has been Music Director of one of the best orchestras in the United States - the Pittsburgh Symphony. Previously, the maestro was Director of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the State Opera of Stuttgart, for many years he has been collaborating with other  esteemed orchestras in Europe and America and has taken part in various prestigious festivals. In Moscow, Manfred Honeck will conduct  Beethoven's much-loved Fifth Symphony.

Matthias Görne has written his name into the vocal art history as an unsurpassed performer of chamber vocal music, mostly German Lieder by Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Wolf and others. The singer has appeared with the NPR and  Vladimir Spivakov at the  Colmar and Moscow Fesivals, performing Mahler's vocal cycles. Matthias Goerne has also reached the pinnacle of mastery in singing Bach's Cantatas. Now the Moscow public will hear the versatile artist as an opera singer in Wagner's musical dramas.

The recordings  of Wagner's The Valkyrie (2016) and Siegfried (2017) featuring Goerne (conductor Jaap van Zweden) were released to rave reviews all over the world; in the 2017/18 season, the singer performed the parts of Wolfram von Eschenbach in Tannhäuser and Wotan in The Valkyrie on the stage. The singer’s deep immersion into the  Wagner world resulted in the Wagner Project double album  with the Swedish Radio Orchestra directed by Daniel Harding (2017). The press noted the soloist's subtle psychological approach, his insight and attention to the text,  his fine mastery of  timbral nuances. In Moscow, Matthias Görne will present part of this program: the fiery story of the Dutchman (The Flying Dutchman), King Mark's monologue, full of internal conflicts (Tristan and Isolde), and the scene of the tender farewell of the  god Wotan to his daughter (The Valkyrie).

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