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Russian conductors and musicians guest perform in Berlin
Source: Musikfest Berlin

“If the audience expects a Tchaikovsky performance from me like they’ve never heard before, I see it as a challenge. If they only want to hear me conduct Russian music because I come from Russia, that is too little. There is a fine line between real curiosity and expectations that come from clichés. As a conductor, I do not have special access to music from a particular country, but to certain composers.”
Tugan Sokhiev
This year, the Berlin Music Festival welcomes noteworthy Russian performers: on 1 September, the pianist Alexander Melnikov will render Gioacchino Rossini’s rarely performed piano works “Péchés de vieillesse” and combine them with Hector Berlioz’s “Symphonie fantastique” in the famous transcription for piano by Franz Liszt. On the same day, the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, conducted by Vladimir Jurowski, presents one of the highlights of Richard Strauss’s operas with the concertante performance of “Die Frau ohne Schatten”. On 2 September, the former principal conductor of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester, Tugan Sokhiev, returns to Berlin with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, and uses the extraordinary sound qualities of the orchestra to open the gate to Russian Romantic music with Tchaikovsky’s First Symphony. Mythical elements seethe in Modest Mussorgsky’s “A Night on the Bald Mountain”: the composer found darkly romantic tones for the legend of the witches’ dance on Midsummer’s Night, which the BBC Symphony Orchestra celebrates under the baton of Sakari Oramo on 5 September. During the lieder recital with pianist Olga Pashchenko and Georg Nigl on 9 September, the two musicians frame a new work by Wolfgang Rihm with Beethoven’s song cycle “An die ferne Geliebte” as well as Schubert’s late songs. Valery Gergiev continues his Bruckner interpretations at the Musikfest Berlin on 10 September with Bruckner’s long underestimated Sixth Symphony, performed by the Munich Philharmonic in combination with Schnittke’s First Symphony.
Musikfest Berlin
30 August to 19 September 2019
Philharmonie and other venues

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