(b. Lucca, 19 June 1854 – d. Milan, 7 August 1893)
La Wally (1889-91)
Lyric drama in four acts
Libretto by Luigi Illica after Wilhelmine von Hillern’s novel Die Geier-Wally (1875)
Alfredo Catalani is the tragic figure of Italian nineteenth-century opera. Generally regarded as Italy’s most important stage composer between Verdi and verismo, he was thwarted in his musical development by chronic illness on the one hand and by the machinations of the Italian opera industry on the other…
Emil Nikolaus von Reznicek
(geb. Wien, 4. Mai 1860 – gest. Berlin, 2. August 1945)
V. Symphonie f-moll „Tanzsymphonie” (1924)
Only in recent years have the orchestra works of Reznicek gained a little attention again through recordings. The fifth and last symphony is the extensive Dance Symphony. Reznicek’s great talent for the humorously dancing but also for the ambivalent is particularly apparent in this work. After completion in 1924 he first called the composition „Four symphonic dances “. This shows clearly that it is not really a symphony in the strict sense of the word, but that the form is rather that of a suite….
SOLO & ENSEMBLE
(born in Athens/Greece, 31 March 1962)
Wunde | Wunder
op. 73, 2017/18
Wunde | Wunder, 7 Fragmente (“Wound | Wonder”, 7 Fragments) is a musical reaction to the Bavarian State Opera’s topic of the year, “show me your wounds”. This concept is layered with meanings – in literature, the visual arts, music, the Christian tradition, and so on. I decided to go back to the core of it all and ask “what is a wound, how is it seen and what happens, once one has taken account of it?” This third step, the question of after the wound, after pain, is what fascinated me most. Wounds and wonder – in German, these two experiences only differ by one letter of the alphabet.