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International Shostakovich Days Gohrisch 2014

The International Shostakovich Days in Gohrisch, which are held annually in early autumn, have become one of the most interesting festivals of Russian music and especially of the reception of Shostakovich. The eastern German city of Gohrisch in Saxony, in which Dmitri Shostakovich once stayed, invites interested parties to participate in the fifth annual Shostakovich Days from 19 to 21 September 2014. A four-day concert programme with important interpreters has been created in cooperation with the chamber ensembles of the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, and under the patronage of Shostakovich’s widow Irina Shostakovich and the Saxon Prime Minister Stanislaw Tillich. The world premiere of the new work “So be it” for violin, double bass, piano and percussion by Sofia Gubaidulina will also be presented on 21 September 2014. In addition, the violinist Gidon Kremer will be awarded this year’s Shostakovich Prize.

Here is a selection of the programme highlights:

19 September 2014
Concert Tent, 7:30 PM
“Miss Death Meets Mr. Shostakovich”: A Scenic Collage about Fear – with Music by Dmitri Shostakovich (including the String Quartet No. 8 in C minor, Op. 110
Isabel Karajan (actress)
Jascha Nemtsov (piano)
Dresden String Quartet

20 September 2014
Stadtkirche Königstein, 3 PM
Sofia Gubaidulina: “Light and Darkness” for organ / Meditation on the Bach Chorale “Vor deinen Thron tret’ ich hiermit” for harpsichord, two violins, viola, violoncello and double bass / “Jauchzt vor Gott” for choir and organ
Dmitri Shostakovich: Passacaglia for organ from the opera “Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District”
Friedemann Herz (organ)
Vocal Concert Dresden (Direction: Peter Kopp)
Members of the Kremerata Baltica

20 September 2014
Concert Tent, 7:30 PM
Sofia Gubaidulina: “Reflections on the Theme B-A-C-H”, arrangement for string orchestra by Gidon Kremer
Dmitri Shostakovich: Violin Sonata in G major, Op. 134, version for violin, percussion and string orchestra by Mikhail Zinman and Alexei Pushkarev / Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major, Op. 102
Gidon Kremer (violin)
Anna Vinnitskaya (piano)
Kremerata Baltica
Winds of the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden

21 September 2014
Concert Tent, 11 AM
Viktor Suslin: “Capriccio über die Abreise” for two violins / “Mobilis” for violin solo
Dmitri Shostakovich: Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87 (selection) / String Quartet No. 7 in F-sharp minor, Op. 108
WORLD PREMIERE - Sofia Gubaidulina: “So be it” for violin, double bass, piano and percussion
Nurit Stark, Rebecca Beyer (violins)
Cédric Pescia (piano)
Alexander Suslin (double bass)
Taiko Saito (percussion)
Jascha Nemtsov (piano)
Jacobus Stainer Quartet

21 September 2014
Concert Tent, 5 PM
GERMAN PREMIERE - Giya Kancheli: “Chiaroscuro” for violin and chamber orchestra
Dmitri Shostakovich: Concerto No. 1 in C minor, Op. 35 for piano, trumpet and string orchestra / “A Little Anti-formalist Paradise”, satire for bass and chamber orchestra, arrangement by Alexei Pushkarev
Anna Vinnitskaya (piano)
Tobias Willner (trumpet)
Alexei Mochalov (bass)
Kremerata Baltica
Gidon Kremer (violin and direction)


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