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MUNICH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA ANNOUNCES HAYDN/LIGETI PROJECT WITH JOHN STORGÅRDS IN HIS NEW ROLE AS ‘’ARTISTIC PARTNER“
With the next subscription concert on April 21, 2016, the Munich Chamber Orchestra enters a new series over 3 seasons under the direction of Finnish conductor John Storgårds. The five programmes explore 10 of Joseph Haydn’s London Symphonies in contrast to György Ligeti solo concertos. Additionally, great contemporary works will be featured, some of them world – or local premieres. The orchestra had successfully worked with Storgårds for the first time in the spring of 2013, and it was during this time that the idea to jointly realise a major project over several seasons first arose. It has long been a desire for the orchestra to explore the London Symphonies – climax and conclusion in Haydn’s symphonic work. A stellar line up of names such as Stefan Dohr, Renaud Capuçon and Kit Armstrong will be interpreting Ligeti’s solo works. Finnish conductor and violinist John Storgårds is currently principal guest conductor of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa. He has been Artistic Director of the Chamber Orchestra of Lapland for over 20 years and discovered many (contemporary) works. Throughout his position with MKO, covering a series of five subscription concerts, Storgårds will also appear as soloist. In March 2017 he will assume – under the direction of Clemens Schuldt – the solo part in Kaija Saariaho’s Graal Théâtre, a violin concerto dedicated to him, for MKO’s ‚Nachtmusik‘ series.
The Münchener Kammerorchester has become one of the most interesting and innovative chamber orchestras in the world. They totally convinced me with an ambitious drive during my first visit a few years ago. Their appetite to create intelligent, highly interesting programmes makes me and their highly devoted, enthusiastic audience feel very much at home and represents many qualities which I’m used to from running and enjoying music with my own Lapland Chamber Orchestra. I’m absolutely delighted to further broaden our relationship by becoming an ‘artistic partner’ with the Münchener Kammerorchester.
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4. June 2016, Royal Concert Halls Glasgow
Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Mr. Storgards brought exceptional transparency and crisp articulation to Mahler’s colorful orchestral music. [...] Mr. Storgards emphasized the discontinuities and jarring turns of the music, as well as the piercing shards of dissonance that Sibelius folds into his deceptively sonorous harmonic language. Yet there was no sense of manipulation about the interpretation. Nothing was oversold or pumped up. The Philharmonic sounded sensational. During the standing ovation, the players clapped along with the audience every time Mr. Storgards took a bow.
New York Times 13 May 2016
New York Philharmonic
Rasmussen: Symphony No. 2
Sunleif Rasmussen: Symphony No.2 ‘The Earth Anew’
Cyndia Sieden, soprano
Bo Skovhus, baritone
The Academic Male Voice Choir of Helsinki
Male Voice Choir Muntra Musikanter
Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
John Storgårds, conductor
Dacapo May 2016