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
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”.
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
17. June 2017
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