A New Release with Asya Fateyeva

Among musicians and music lovers all around the world, Johann Sebastian Bach enjoys the status of a canonized saint. Classical saxophonist Asya Fateyeva has also been preoccupied with Bach’s music since her youth, but in contrast to many of her colleagues, she has a handicap: there are no original compositions by Bach for saxophone. The young musician, who won the ECHO-Klassik award in 2016 as “newcomer of the year,” cannot be stopped by that: in her new recording “Bachiana” with works by Johann Sebastian Bach and Heitor Villa-Lobos she proves to be not only a virtuoso on her instrument but also a talented arranger. At her side, the Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn shines under its artistic director Ruben Gazarian, accompanying the soloist with inspiration and discretion.

The CD, released by Berlin Classics, has been available for sale since late March 2017.

Between Tradition and Adventure: The 2017 Season of the Georgisches Kammerorchester (Georgian Chamber Orchestra) Ingolstadt under Its Artistic Director Ruben Gazarian

The 2017 season of the Georgisches Kammerorchester (GKO) Ingolstadt is under the motto “Reflexionen” (reflections). The audacious programming of the orchestra skillfully treads the line between tradition and things yet to be discovered. The program of 2017 meditates on change, being and willing, provenance and identity, tradition and innovation. There is Mendelssohn, whom Schumann labeled the “Mozart of the nineteenth century” and whose music is considered a link between classical form and Romantic content. Some of the concert nights again revolve around the star of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in the new season; the 225th anniversary of his death is commemorated in December 2016. Beyond, the GKO forges a musical bridge from C.P.E. Bach by way of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Richard Strauss, and Franz Schubert through classics of the twentieth century, such as Béla Bartók, Edward Elgar, Paul Hindemith, Franz Schreker, Alfred Schnittke, Karl Amadeus Hartmann, and Erich Wolfgang Korngold. Contemporary composers like Minas Borboudakis and James MacMillan will also be heard.

The series of the subscription concerts starts on January 12 with the orchestra’s artist-in-residence, cellist Daniel Müller-Schott, who will not only play the solo part but also conduct. Artistic director Ruben Gazarian wields the baton in six subscription concerts. One of the highlights is his joint concert with Daniel Müller-Schott (May 4); others are the all-Mendelssohn program with soloists Linus Roth and William Youn (June 1), the open air concert at the Turm Baur (July 27), and the evening with clarinetist and ARD International Music Competition winner Sebastian Manz and the Swiss Casal Quartett (19.10.). More subscription concerts with the artistic director will be held on February 9 and September 13. Further soloists in the subscription concerts include: the promising young percussionist Richard Putz; the clarinetist Annelien van Wauwe, another laureate of the ARD International Music Competition; the Alliage-Quartett, one of Germany’s best-known saxophone ensembles; and Japanese pianist Kotaro Fukuma.

The artist-in-residence of 2017, Daniel Müller-Schott, is ranked among the leading cellists in the world. For two decades, he has been fascinating audiences and the press thanks to his outstanding musical interpretations and his winsome personality. After violinist Julian Rachlin (2015) and clarinettist Sharon Kam (2016), Daniel Müller-Schott is the third artist-in-residence at the GKO, a position inaugurated by Ruben Gazarian when he assumed the office of artistic director.

There are more musical highlights in the GKO’s special concerts. The concerts of Audi AG, one of the orchestra’s two main sponsors alongside Sparkasse Ingolstadt, have been a regular part of the season for many years. The fruitful partnership continues in 2017 with two concerts within the Audi Summer Concert series—the Classic Open Air on July 22 and the Audi children’s concert “Horch mal!” (Listen!) on July 23—as well as the traditional Audi Christmas concert on December 15.

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A CD for Children: The Princess and the Pea and The Beetle

A musical setting of Hans Christian Andersen’s popular fairy tales The Princess and the Pea and The Beetle, by Andreas N. Tarkmann, has been recorded by the Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn under the baton of its artistic director Ruben Gazarian, together with the children’s choir of the Stuttgart opera and narrator Juri Tetzlaff. This new CD release by the Coviello Classics label is available for sale immediately.

The two fairy tales are connected by an essential idea: the quest for happiness. The beetle is striving for recognition and approval; the prince is seeking the princess of his dreams. Both embark on a journey and have to pass difficult trials.

For the Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn and its artistic director Ruben Gazarian, this is already the second encounter with composer Andreas N. Tarkmann for the purpose of a CD recording. In 2012, the successful recording OPERA! (for the Berlin Classics label) was produced with clarinetist Sharon Kan, for whom and for whose instrument Tarkmann arranged operatic arias.

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A New Recording: Carmen Suite

The Georgisches Kammerorchester (Georgian Chamber Orchestra) Ingolstadt and its artistic director Ruben Gazarian presents their third joint CD recording. Rodion Shchedrin’s Carmen Suite pays homage to the great Russian dancer and choreographer Maya Plisetskaya, who died in her adopted hometown of Munich in May 2015. At the same time, it honors her husband, composer Rodion Shchedrin, who in 2017 celebrates his eighty-fifth birthday. Rodion Shchedrin wrote Carmen Suite in the mid-1960s for his wife. The work is a ballet score for strings and percussion after motives from Georges Bizet’s opera of the same name. The best-known melodies from the opera are stylistically modified by a nuanced orchestration that changes the overall coloring, and by more poignant rhythm. Furthermore, Carmen Suite reflects motives from the Second L’Arlesienne Suite.

The present CD release is the live recording of a concert in Ingolstadt on October 15, 2015. It has been available for sale since July 2016.

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New Release “One Night in Amsterdam – WKO Live at Concertgebouw” (Limited Edition)

  • This concert hall is a legend, a stroke of genius in terms of acoustics. Every year it lures the best orchestras in the world to Amsterdam. On July 16, 2014, the luminously sensual sound of the Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn under the baton of its music director Ruben Gazarian filled the Amsterdam Concertgebouw—with two works for string orchestra that celebrate the fascinating variety of sounds and power of expression that this complement of instruments is capable of producing.
  • Benjamin Britten succeeds in his Simple Symphony in a simple but witty way: He quotes and develops his own first attempts at composition, which had been sitting in his drawer for years. He assigns fanciful titles like “Playful Pizzicato” and “Sentimental Saraband” to the four movements, and he parades a whole catalog of tone colors of strings.
  • The Serenade op. 28, composed in 1880, is Peter I. Tchaikovsky’s loving homage to the great Mozart, who established the genre. “It is warmed by feeling and, as I hope, of real value,” the composer said about his work. Derived from the Italian adjective sereno, the genre promises a melodic language akin to a clear, bright sky (especially at night). It comes in handy for “One Night in Amsterdam – WKO Live at Concertgebouw.”
  • A fascinating document in sound, a precious and authentic acoustic snapshot enriching the multi-faceted discography of the WKO and Ruben Gazarian.

(A production of the WKO Heilbronn ©2015 // For sale only at the orchestra’s subscription concerts in Heilbronn or by order from info@wko-heilbronn.de)

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