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Premieres during the 2009 Festival Summer: Eggert, Auerbach, Ali-Zadeh and Glière

The music festivals this summer are outdoing each other by offering the most spectacular thematic areas of interest and presentations of works in the form of premieres and world premieres. The Tyrol Festival (5-26 July 2009) founded in the Austrian Alps seven years ago, for example, will surprise listeners at the opening on 5 July in Oberaudorf/Ebbs with world premieres of Moritz Eggert’s works “Auf dem Wasser zu singen” for wind septet, 6 singers, 12 percussionists, accordion and DJ, and “Three Interludes” for accordion solo. According to Eggert, a poetical musical staging of “To Sing on the Water” (being presented on a boat) will occur around a potentially magical Tyrolean place. “Music wants to be water – it flows as sound in time.”

The second festival presenting remarkable world premieres, the Verbier Festival (17 July- 2 August 2009), will also take place in the Alps, this time in the Wallis Alps. With a moving chamber work by Lera Auerbach entitled “Job’s Lament” for violin and piano, introduced by Dmitry Sitkovetsky and the composer at the piano on 26 July, the composer and poetess dedicates herself to the Biblical figure of Job, who, pursued by ill luck, begins to doubt his faith in God. The basis of the work is a poem of the same title by Auerbach.

On the same day in Verbier, Franghiz Ali-Zadeh’s piece “Habil-sajahy” for violin and prepared piano will be premiered by Dmitry Sitkovetsky and Jakov Jakulov. This is an adaptation by the composer of her frequently performed work “Habil-sajahy” for violoncello and prepared piano.

The world premiere of the Zwei Konzertsätze für Bratsche und Streichorchester by Reinhold Glière in the adaptation by Eckart Schloifer will take place on 21 August at the Clandeboye Festival in Ireland. The soloist will be Paul Neubauer performing with the Camerata Ireland under the direction of Barry Douglas. In addition, the world premiere of Moritz Eggert’s “Illumination (Finale from Processional)” for orchestra will take place on 23 August during the course of the Young Euro Classics Festival in Berlin. Dennis Russell Davies will conduct the Federal German Youth Orchestra and the Federal German Jazz Orchestra.


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