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International Shostakovich Days 2011 in Gohrisch

The International Shostakovich Days in Gohrisch will be held for the second time from 16 to 18 September in the Saxon spa town of Gohrisch. Last year, the birth year of the new festival, the Sächsische Zeitung's headline read "Gohrisch has arrived in the musical world." This success was also outwardly underlined by the unveiling of a Shostakovich bust intended to commemorate the great Russian composer's historic stay in this idyllic town.

For three days in 2011 as well, renowned artists will again be invited for a carefully coordinated programme in the town where the Eighth String Quartet was composed. Among the performances will be the German premiere on 16 September of the Chamber Symphony, Op. 49a adapted from Dmitri Shostakovich's 1st String Quartet by Rudolf Barschai.

The Gohrisch International Shostakovich Prize, posthumously awarded last year to Rudolf Barschai, will be presented to the legendary conductor Kurt Sanderling in 2011.

After Krzysztof Meyer at last year's Shostakovich Days, this year it will be the Russian-American composer Lera Auerbach whose chamber works will accompany and enrich the programme of the Festival. Lera Auerbach is the 'Capell Compositrice' of the Staatskapelle Dresden during this concert season.

The concert programme in detail:

16 September 2011, 7:00 PM
Opening Lecture: Lera Auerbach
Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden
Michail Jurowski, conductor
Igor Levit, piano
Sergei Nakariakov, trumpet
Dmitri Shostakovich/Rudolf Barschai
Chamber Symphony, Op. 49a adapted from the String Quartet No. 1

German premiere
(In memoriam Rudolf Barschai)
Dmitri Shostakovich
Concerto for Piano, Trumpet and String Orchestra in C minor, Op. 35

Symphony No. 9 in E-flat major, Op. 70

17 September 2011, 11:00 AM
Film Matinee
"Testimony" [GB, 1987]
Director: Tony Palmer
With: Ben Kingsley, Terence Rigby and others
(Film of the Memoires of Dmitri Shostakovich)
Introductory Lecture: Dr. Bernd Feuchtner

17 September 2011, 7:00 PM
Sebastian Herberg, viola
Igor Levit, piano
Shostakovich Festival Quartet
Kai Vogler, violin I
Korbinian Altenberger, violin II
Nimrod Guez, viola
Isang Enders, violoncello
Dmitri Shostakovich
Viola Sonata in C major, Op. 147
Lera Auerbach
String Quartet No. 5, work commissioned by the Staatskapelle Dresden
Dmitri Shostakovich
String Quartet No. 8 in C minor, Op. 110

18 September 2011, 11:00 AM
Piano Matinee/Reading
Igor Levit, piano
Christian Friedel, speaker
Dmitri Shostakovich
Early Piano Works, 24 Preludes, Op. 34

Including a reading from the correspondence
between Dmitri Shostakovich and Isaak Glikman

18 September 2011, 3:00 PM
Jörg Faßmann, violin
Simon Kalbhenn, violoncello
Lera Auerbach, piano
Igor Levit, piano (Symphony No. 15)
Thomas Käppler, Christian Langer, Jürgen May /
timpani and percussion
Lera Auerbach
Violin Sonata No. 3, Piano Trio, Op. 28
Dmitri Shostakovich
Symphony No. 15 in A major, Op.141a
(Version for piano, violin, violoncello and percussion)


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