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Shostakovich Days in Gohrisch from 24 to 26 June 2016

For the first time, from 24 to 26 June 2016, this year’s Shostakovich Days in Gohrisch will also focus on an important GDR composer. Not only Dmitri Shostakovich, but also Hanns Eisler will be at the centre of attention this year. Within a very short period of time, the annual Shostakovich Days (three days each summer) in the spa town of Gohrisch have developed into a festival that has attracted international attention. This town, in the so-called “Switzerland of Saxony”, has close ties with Shostakovich because his famous Eighth String Quartet in memory of the victims of Fascism and war was composed in Gohrisch whilst the composer was staying there.

At the opening concert of the Shostakovich days in Gohrisch on 24 June 2016 at 7:30 PM in the Concert Barn, the Quatour Danel will perform the String Quartet No. 15 in E-flat minor, Op. 144, the final work by the composer in this genre. On 25 June 2016 at 11 AM, Friederike Wißmann will deliver a lecture followed by a podium discussion on the subject of “Composing in the Shadow of the Iron Curtain”, followed by an open-air choral concert at various squares in Gohrisch and environs. At the concert beginning at 7:30 PM, Anna Vinnitskaya, Matthias Wollong and Isang Enders will perform Shostakovich’s Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67. The pianist Peter Rösel and the violist Sebastian Herber will be the soloists at the night concert at 10:30 PM, performing Shostakovich’s Sonata for Viola and Piano, Op. 147. The Vocal Concert Dresden will sing, amongst other works, Ten Russian Folksongs by Dmitri Shostakovich. The String Quartet No. 3 in F major, Op. 73 of Shostakovich will be performed alongside chamber music of Beethoven and Eisler on 26 June 2016 (11:00 AM) in the Concert Barn, interpreted by the Dresden String Quartet. The Dresden author Uwe Tellkamp (“The Tower”) will present his so-far unpublished short story “Friends’ Circle of Music” in Gohrisch during the course of this matinee to substitute for the ailing conductor Michail Jurowski. At the final concert at 3 PM in the Concert Barn, the violoncellist Norbert Anger and the pianist Michael Schöch together with members of the Semper Winds Dresden will perform works including Shostakovich’s Moderato for violoncello and piano and the Four Waltzes for flute, clarinet and piano in an arrangement by Lev Atovmian.

One hour prior to the beginning of each concert, the Shostakovich Days in Gohrisch will be offering a pre-concert talk with musical examples in the Hall of the Community Administration of Gohrisch. On 23 June, on the evening before this year’s Shostakovich Days, the Staatskapelle Dresden can be heard at the Dresden Königsufer (King’s Shore). At an open-air concert under the motto of “Symphony of Humanity”, the musicians of the Staatskapelle wish to make a statement for peace and reconciliation. The “Leningrad Symphony” by Dmitri Shostakovich will be on the programme, conducted by Franz Welser-Möst, Principal Conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra and former General Music Director of the Vienna State Opera.

 

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