Beethovenfest Bonn 2010 – “Ins Offene”

The motto of the Beethovenfest 2010 (10.09 - 09.10.) is taken from Hölderlin’s elegy “Der Gang aufs Land” (The Walk into the Country). In it, he is called upon to depart to a place in the future, where conventions can be overcome and boundaries explored to the depths. The focus of the festival programme is the transition between the 18th and 19th centuries, the social upheaval in which is especially apparent in Beethoven’s works. He created a universal language which is still understood today for the ideals of that time, but also of the individual.

This year’s composer in residence is the conductor, composer and cultural manager Peter Ruzicka, who himself composed a piece entitled “INS OFFENE” which comes to terms with Hölderlin.

The Beethovenfest will dedicate a portrait in 4 parts to Ruzicka. At the centre of this portrait will be the world premiere of his work “… ÜBER DIE GRENZE” (Over the Boundary): Concerto for Violoncello and Chamber Orchestra on 15 September.
Alongside Ruzicka, the Hamburg-born composer Jan Müller-Wieland will also play an important role at the festival. He received a commission to compose his new piece “Der Knacks” (The Breakdown): Melodrama for Speaker, 18 Strings and Piano, which will receive its world premiere on 29 September by the Ensemble Resonanz. The piece is based on Roger Willemsen’s book “The Breakdown,” in which breaking points in human life are dealt with.

An overview of the programme:

14 September 2010, 8 PM, Beethoven-Haus Bonn
Dmitri Shostakovich: Trio for violin, violoncello and piano No. 2 op. 67
Kolja Blacher (viola), Clemens Hagen (violoncello), Kirill Gerstein (piano)

14 September 2010, 6 + 9 PM, Palais Schaumburg
Moritz Eggert et al.: “Kreisleriana 2010“
Susanne Kessel (piano, moderation)

15 September 2010, 8 PM, Beethovenhalle
Portrait Peter Ruzicka I
Peter Ruzicka: “... ÜBER DIE GRENZE ...“ Concerto for violoncello and chamber orchestra (World premiere, commissioned work by the Beethovenfestes Bonn)
Daniel Müller-Schott (violoncello), Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Peter Ruzicka (cond.)

17 September 2010, 8 PM, Beethovenhalle
Dmitri Shostakovich: Sonata for violoncello and piano d minor op. 40
Jan Vogler (violoncello), Hélène Grimaud (piano)

18 September 2010, 8 PM, Forum der Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der BRD
Portrait Peter Ruzicka II
Peter Ruzicka: “Acht Gesänge nach Fragmenten von Nietzsche“ for baritone and piano
Peter Ruzicka: “... UND MÖCHTET IHR AN MICH DIE HÄNDE LEGEN ...“. Five fragments by Hölderlin for baritone and piano
Dmitri Shostakovich: Sonata for violoncello and piano d minor op. 40
Dietrich Henschel (baritone), Michael Schäfer (piano)

19 September 2010, 8 PM, Forum der Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der BRD
Portrait Peter Ruzicka III
Peter Ruzicka: “... FRAGMENT ...“. Five epigrams for string quartet
Peter Ruzicka: “... ERINNERUNG UND VERGESSEN ...“. String quartet with soprano
Mojca Erdmann (soprano), Minguet Quartet

22 September 2010, 8 PM, Beethovenhalle
Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 15 A major op. 141 , Arrangement for violin, violoncello, piano, celesta and percussion by Viktor Derevianko and Mark Pekarski,
Hélène Grimaud (piano), N.N. (violoncello), N.N. (violine), Martin Grubinger (percussion), Martin Grubingersen (percussion), Leonhard Schmidinger (percussion)

26 September 2010, 6 PM, St. Evergislus-Kirche Brenig
Giya Kancheli: “Lulling the Sun“ for choir and percussion
Marianna Sablina (cond.), Shchedryck Children Choir Kiev

27 September 2010, 8 PM, Beethoven-Haus Bonn
Sergei Prokofiev: Sonata for violoncello and piano C major op. 119
Gautier Capuçon (violoncello), Gabriela Montero (piano)

28 September 2010, 8 PM, Beethovenhalle
Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 9 Es major op. 70
Christian Vásquez (cond.), Teresa Carreño Youth Orchestra of Venezuela

29 September 2010, 8 PM, Kammerspiele Bad Godesberg
Jan Müller-Wieland: “Der Knacks“. Melodrama for speaker, 18 strings and piano
After the like-named book by Roger Willemsen (World premiere, commissioned work by the Ensemble Resonanz, Beethovenfest Bonn and NDR)
Roger Willemsen (speaker), Ensemble Resonanz, Jan Müller-Wieland (cond.)

30 September 2010, 8 PM, Beethovenhalle
Portrait Peter Ruzicka IV
Peter Ruzicka: “… INS OFFENE …“. Music for 22 strings
Staatskapelle Weimar, Peter Ruzicka (cond.)

2 October 2010, 8 PM, Telekom Forum (once T-Mobile Forum)
Dmitri Shostakovich: Concerto for violoncello and orchestra No. 1 Es major, 1. Movement
“Tango, Klezmer, Walzer und Rock“ with works by Shostakovich et al.
The Knights, Jan Vogler (violoncello), Eric Jacobsen (cond.)

 

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