This spring Daniel Barenboim and Staatsoper Berlin will be dedicating major parts of their programme to two great composers. Starting on 21 February, in honour of Alban Berg's 130th birthday, seven evenings of opera and two special concerts will be focussing on his work. From 27 March onwards, the concert programme of the FESTTAGE 2015 festival will be honouring Pierre Boulez, who turns 90 the day before.
The programme will feature Alban Berg's operas Wozzeck and Lulu, which were produced by Andrea Breth for the FESTTAGE earlier in 2011 and 2012, in Staatsoper im Schiller Theater. Here we have another big anniversary: 90 years ago Wozzeck, conducted by Erich Kleiber, premiered in Berliner Staatsoper. Two special concerts in Philharmonie Berlin will highlight Berg's orchestral work - his three orchestra pieces op. 6, his chamber concert for piano and violin with 13 wind instruments (with Yefim Bronfman and Pinchas Zukerman as soloists) and his violin concerto (with Pinchas Zukerman). In addition, lieder and chamber music by Alban Berg will be performed - »Seven Early Songs« (with Thomas Hampson), the concerto aria »Der Wein« (with Anna Prohaska) and three movements from the famous »Lyric Suite« which Berg himself composed for a string orchestra. All operas and concerts will be performed by Staatskapelle Berlin and conducted by Daniel Barenboim.
A number of FESTTAGE concerts in the Philharmonie will highlight the multi-faceted oeuvre of Pierre Boulez, who has been one of Daniel Barenboim’s musical companions for more than 50 years and a guest performer in Berliner Staatsoper and in Staatskapelle concerts. In fact threeorchestras will be paying tribute to the honorary conductor of Staatskapelle – the Wiener Philharmoniker, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra and Staatskapelle Berlin – all conducted by Daniel Barenboim. A piano recital arranged by the Boulez disciple Michael Wendeberg rounds off the homage.
LULU 21 February and 1, 7 und 13 March 2015
WOZZECK 27 February and 6 and 14 March 2015
SPECIAL CONCERT ALBAN BERG I 8 March
SPECIAL CONCERT ALBAN BERG II 15 March 2015
WIENER PHILHARMONIKER 27 March 2015
STAATSKAPELLE BERLIN 29 March 2015
PIANO RECITAL MICHEAL WENDEBERG 30 March 2015
WEST-EASTERN DIVAN ORCHESTRA 4 April 2015