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Munich Philharmonic: Silvestrov / Gubaidulina / Reger / WagnerOksana Lyniv (conductor), Wiebke Lehmkuhl (alto)

Porträt der Altistin Wiebke Lehmkuhl
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With Oksana Lyniv on the podium and Sofia Gubaidulina, the grande dame of contemporary music, we have two women ringing in the new season of the Munich Philharmonic.

With Oksana Lyniv on the podium and Sofia Gubaidulina, the grande dame of contemporary music, we have two women ringing in the new season of the Munich Philharmonic.

  • Wiebke Lehmkuhl, alto
  • Munich Philharmonic Choir; Andreas Herrmann, rehearsal
  • Oksana Lyniv, conductor

Gubaidulina’s powerful tone poem “The Wrath of God” premiered in Vienna in 2020 during a surprise lockdown – in an empty concert hall and only as a video stream. Oksana Lyniv conducted the world premiere and will now present Gubaidulina’s musical rant just a few days after the German premiere in Munich.

 

The Ukrainian conductor is not only the first women to take to the podium at the Bayreuth Festival, but also the first female director of an Italian opera house. Bologna, to be precise; the first place where Wagner’s “Parsifal” was allowed to be performed outside Bayreuth in 1914. “Parsifal” symbolises a troubled society in expectation of a better world and thus, in terms of content, builds a bridge to Max Reger’s “An die Hoffnung” (“To Hope”). Reger’s late Romantic works will be a focus of the 2022/23 season, in belated gratitude to the composer who championed the orchestra at the beginning of World War I, when the future of the Munich Philharmonic was at stake.

Programme

  • Valentin Silvestrov: Elegy for string orchestra
  • Sofia Gubaidulina: “Der Zorn Gottes” (“The Wrath of God”) for orchestra
  • Max Reger: “An die Hoffnung” (“To Hope”) for alto and orchestra, Op 124
  • Richard Wagner: “Parsifal” – prelude to Act 1 and extracts from Act 3