12th Shostakovich Days Gohrisch 2021 featuring premieres and first performances

On 24 June 2021, the International Shostakovich Days Gohrisch will begin this time, as an exception due to Corona, at the Festspielhaus (Festival Theatre) Hellerau (near Dresden). For four days until 27 June, there will be spectacular concerts with world premieres and first performances, primarily by Dmitri Shostakovich, which will enthuse experts and audiences alike. One of the world premieres will be Dmitri Shostakovich’s string orchestra arrangement of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Adagio cantabile, which has long been greatly anticipated. Shostakovich’s arrangement of Gaetano Braga’s Serenade for soprano, mezzo-soprano, violin and piano is also to receive its German premiere. This was originally intended to be part of his opera “The Black Monk”, which Shostakovich began in 1972 but ultimately was to remain unfinished. 

The Shostakovich Days will be preceded by a special concert by the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden conducted by Vladimir Jurowski at the Dresden Kulturpalast on 23 June 2021. Here, in addition to the complete ballet music “L’oiseau de feu” (The Firebird) by Igor Stravinsky, the Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor op. 77 by Dmitri Shostakovich will be performed with the Greek violinist Leonidas Kavakos.

The programme of the Shostakovich Days Gohrisch 2021:

24.06.2021, 7.30pm
Festspielhaus (Festival Theatre) Hellerau
Chamber Recital I – Opening Concert
Quatuor Danel
Marc Danel (violin)
Gilles Millet (violin)
Vlad Bogdanas (viola)
Yovan Markovitch (cello)
Dmitri Shostakovich
String Quartet No. 2 in A major op. 69
String Quartet No. 5 B flat major op. 92 

25.06.2021, 11am
Festspielhaus (Festival Theatre) Hellerau
Chamber matinee with book presentation
Dmitry Masleev (piano)
Quatuor Danel
Marc Danel (violin)
Gilles Millet (violin)
Vlad Bogdanas (viola)
Yovan Markovitch (cello)
Mieczysław Weinberg
Piano quintet op. 18
“The Passenger. The composer Mieczysław Weinberg in the maelstrom of the twentieth century”
Book presentation with Danuta Gwizdalanka (author), Bernd Karwen
(translator), Peter Oliver Loew (editor), Krzysztof Meyer and others.
In cooperation with the Polish Institute Berlin - Branch Office Leipzig

25.06. 2021, 7.30pm
Festspielhaus (Festival Theatre) Hellerau
Piano recital with award ceremon
Dmitry Masleev (piano)
Dmitri Shostakovich
Prelude and Fugue in G major op. 87 No. 3
Three Fugues o. op.
Six piano pieces from the years 1918-1920
Scherzo op. 1a
Tatiana Nikolaeva
Concert Etude No. 1 in C major
Mikhail Petukhov
Perpetuum mobile from the piano sonata "in memory of Dmitri Shostakovich
Yulianna Avdeeva Piano
Dmitri Shostakovich
Piano Sonata No. 1 op. 12
Mieczysław Weinberg
Sonatine op. 49
Dmitri Shostakovich
Prelude and Fugue in D major op. 87 No. 5
Prelude and Fugue in C-sharp minor o. op., completion by Krzysztof Meyer
Award of the International Shostakovich Prize Gohrisch
to Dr. Olga Digonskaya

26.06 2021, 11am
Meeting point: Main entrance Festspielhaus (Festival Hall) Hellerau
Wandel concert
Julia Sitkovetsky (soprano)
Dmitry Sitkovetsky (violin)
Friedrich Thiele (violoncello)
N. N. (mezzo-soprano)
Yulianna Avdeeva (piano)
Romances and songs by Mussorgsky, Dargomyzhsky, Ippolitov-Ivanov,
Gurilev, Dunayevsky, Rossini, Bizet and others, arrangements for voice,
violin and violoncello by Dmitri Shostakovich for concerts at the
Leningrad war front (1941), German first performance
Dmitri Shostakovich
From the 24 Preludes for Piano op. 34, arrangement for violin and violoncello
by Dmitry Sitkovetsky, world premiere
Gaetano Braga
Serenade, arrangement for soprano, mezzo-soprano, violin and piano by
Dmitri Shostakovich (sketch for the opera “The Black Monk” after
Anton Chekhov), German premiere
Dmitri Shostakovich
Seven Romances after Poems by Alexander Blok for Soprano and
Piano Trio op. 127

26.06.2021, 4pm
Festspielhaus (Festival Theatre) Hellerau
Film screening
“A Journey of Dmitry Shostakovich”.
Documentary film about Shostakovich’s nine-day ocean voyage from
Moscow to New York in 1973
Director: Oksana Dvornichenko, Helga Landauer
Horovod, TurnstyleTV 2006, 75 min.
(in English)
German premiere

26.06.2021, 7.30pm
Festspielhaus (Festival Theatre) Hellerau
Chamber Evening II
Borodin Quartet
Ruben Aharonian (violin)
Sergei Lomovsky (violin)
Igor Naidin (viola)
Vladimir Balshin (cello)
Dmitri Shostakovich
String Quartet No. 1 in C major op. 49
String Quartet No. 11 in F minor op. 122
String Quartet No. 12 in D flat major op. 133

27.06.2021, 11am
Festspielhaus (Festival Theatre) Hellerau
Performance evening
(as a matinee)
kapelle 21 - Members of the Sächsische
Staatskapelle Dresden
conductor: Petr Popelka 
Dmitri Shostakovich
Chamber Symphony after String Quartet No. 10 in A flat major op. 118a,
arrangement for string orchestra by Rudolf Barschai
Ludwig van Beethoven
Adagio cantabile from the Piano Sonata in C minor op. 13 “Pathétique”,
arrangement for string orchestra by Dmitri Shostakovich, world premiere
Mieczysław Weinberg
Symphony No. 2 op. 30 for string orchestra
Kurt Sanderling on the 10th anniversary of his death

27.06.2021, 4pm
Festspielhaus (Festival Theatre) Hellerau
Chamber Recital III - Final Concert
Gidon Kremer (violin)
Madara Pētersone (violin)
Georgijs Osokins (piano)
Arvo Pärt
Fratres for violin and piano
Mieczysław Weinberg
Sonata for two violins op. 69
Sonata No. 6 for violin and piano op. 136b
Dmitri Shostakovich
Five pieces for two violins and piano, arrangement by Levon

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