Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne
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Director: Hans Hadulla
Live-Stream for: Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne
Streaming dates: Nov. 8th, 2016 | Dec. 13th, 2016 | May 9th, 2017 | June 17th, 2017
16:9 shot in 1080i HD | 5.1 surround sound
© 2016, a BFMI production for Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne
The Gürzenich Or­chestra Cologne makes its performances archive avail­able on de­mand with GO PLUS, the or­chestra’s stream­ing platform, present­ing a se­lection of entire concerts performed by the Gürzenich Or­chestra from each sea­son. The concert HD streams of the 2016/17 sea­son, recorded live in Cologne’s Philharmonie include:

Mozart | Brahms
Gürzenich-Or­chester Köln
Leonidas Kavakos, Vio­lin and Con­ductor
Recorded on 08. November 2016

As a vio­lin virtuoso, Leonidas Kavakos is an international star. In November 2016 he performed at the Gürzenich Or­chestra’s concerts as con­ductor as well. His concert programme in Cologne focuses on two fixed stars in the mu­sical sky: Johannes Brahms and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Expe­ri­ence the unfor­gettable mo­ments once again in au­dio and video.
The Gürzenich Or­chestra’s last performance of the “Prague Sympho­ny” was quite a while back: Günter Wand most re­cently con­ducted the work with the or­chestra in November 1967. Kavakos emphat­ically gives the performance his person­al stamp. His interpretation of Johannes Brahms’s Fourth Sympho­ny also orig­inates in his deep under­standing of Brahms’s chamber mu­sic: Kavakos il­luminates the great sym­phon­ic work for its hidden beauties. In Mozart’s Vio­lin Concerto No. 3, Kavakos under­scores as both soloist and con­ductor why Alfred Einstein de­clared the work “a mir­acle”.

Saint-Saëns Portrait
Gürzenich-Or­chester Köln
Jean-François Heiss­er, Piano
Daniel Roth, Organ
François-Xavi­er Roth, Con­ductor
Recorded on 13. December 2016 at 8 pm

In a portrait concert commem­o­rating the 95th anniversary of Saint-Saëns’s death, Gürzenich Or­chestra Principal Con­ductor François-Xavi­er Roth has cho­sen three of the most important works from the French compos­er’s out­put:
in Danse macabre from 1874, an out-of-tune vio­lin accompa­nies rattling skeletons in a demon­ic nighttime dance, a mas­ter­piece of program mu­sic with almost im­pres­sion­is­tic timbres. His Fifth Piano Concerto, completed in 1896 in North Africa, where Saint-Saëns had found a sec­ond home, is quite differ­ent. The concerto was giv­en the nickname “Egyptian” because of the Ori­ental char­ac­ter of the mid­dle move­ment in which – as Saint-Saëns said – a Nubian love song he once “heard boatmen on the Nile sing­ing” can be heard. Finally, in the “Organ Sympho­ny” of 1885-86 the wealth of tonal col­or produced by the large or­chestra, against which the “queen of in­stru­ments” has to measure it­self, is im­pressive. Daniel Roth, the fa­ther of the Gürzenich principal con­ductor and tit­ular organ­ist of the Church of Saint-Sulpice, Paris – and one of the best organ­ists of our time – will make it a work of aston­ish­ing grandeur.
2017 performances will be recorded on

09. May 2017
Program: tba

17. June 2017
Program: tba

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