The Los Angeles Philharmonic devotes a week to celebrating Franz Schubert's contributions to symphonic, chamber and vocal music with Sublime Schubert, presenting performances beginning Monday, April 16 and ending Sunday, April 22, at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
Sublime Schubert starts with a Colburn Celebrity Recital performance featuring renowned German baritoneMatthias Goerne, joined by pianist Christoph Eschenbach in Die schöne Müllerin, Monday, April 16, at 8 pm. Tuesday, April 17, at 8 pm, offers a Chamber Music Society performance of the composer's String Quartet No. 13 ("Rosamunde"), D. 804, and Quintet in C major for Two violins, viola and Two cellos, D. 956. Goerne and Eschenbach return for a second Colburn Celebrity Recital, Wednesday, April 18, at 8 pm, performing Winterreise.
Sublime Schubert concludes with a weekend of concerts with Goerne and the LA Phil led by Eschenbach, Friday and Saturday, April 20 and 21, at 8 pm, as well as Sunday, April 22, at 2 pm. On the program are the following orchestrated Schubert songs: "An Silvia," D. 891 (anonymous orchestration); "Memnon," D. 541 (orch. Johannes Brahms); "Gruppe aus dem Tartarus," D. 583 (orch. Max Reger); "Der Wegweiser," D. 911, No. 20 (from Winterreise) (orch. Anton Webern); "Im Abendrot," D. 799 (orch. Max Reger); "Tränenregen," D. 795, No. 10 (from Die schöne Müllerin) (orch. Anton Webern); and "Erlkönig," D. 328 (orch. Max Reger), as well as the composer's Symphony No. 9, "The Great C major."
Highly praised for his warm, fluid baritone voice and his profound interpretations, Matthias Goerne is one of the most internationally sought-after vocalists and a frequent guest at renowned festivals and concert halls including Carnegie Hall, New York; Wigmore Hall, London; and Teatro alla Scala, Milan. Conductors of the first rank such as Christoph Eschenbach, Valery Gergiev, Lorin Maazel, Seiji Ozawa and Simon Rattle, as well as eminent pianists Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Leif Ove Andsnes and Alfred Brendel are among his musical partners. Since his opera debut at the Salzburg Festival in 1997, Goerne has appeared on principal opera stages in the world, among others, at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Teatro Real, Madrid; Paris National Opera; Vienna State Opera; and the Metropolitan Opera, New York. His carefully chosen roles range from Papageno and Wolfram right up to the title roles in Alban Berg's Wozzeck, Paul Hindemith's Mathis der Maler and Aribert Reimann's Lear. Goerne's artistry has been documented on numerous CD recordings, many of which have received prestigious awards. He is currently recording a series of 11 CDs of selected Schubert songs (The Goerne/Schubert Edition) for Harmonia Mundi. From 2001 through 2005, he taught as an honorary professor of song interpretation at the Robert Schumann Academy of Music in Du?sseldorf. In 2001, Goerne was appointed Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music in London. Born in Weimar, he studied with Hans-Joachim Beyer in Leipzig, and with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. Highlights for Goerne in the 2011/12 season include a tour with the Vienna Philharmonic, appearances at the Vienna State Opera and the Saito Kinen Festival (Bluebeard with Seiji Ozawa) and song recitals with Christoph Eschenbach and Leif Ove Andsnes in Paris, Vienna and New York among many others.
In demand as a distinguished guest conductor with the finest orchestras and opera houses throughout the world, Christoph Eschenbach began his tenure in September 2010 as Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra as well as Music Director of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. As a pianist, he continues his fruitful collaboration with baritone Matthias Goerne. The duo is recording Schubert's three song cycles-Die Schöne Müllerin, Winterreise and Schwanengesang - for the Harmonia Mundi label, the first installment of which was released in May 2009 to critical acclaim. In the summer of 2010, they performed the complete cycle in three recitals (and Eschenbach played Schubert monumental Sonata in B-flat major D. 960) at the Salzburg Music Festival, where Eschenbach also conducted two concerts with the Vienna Philharmonic. In the 2011/12 season, the duo is also scheduled to perform the complete cycle in three recitals in Paris at the Salle Pleyel. A prolific recording artist over five decades, Eschenbach has an impressive discography as both a conductor and a pianist on a number of prominent labels. His recordings include works ranging from J.S. Bach to music of our time and reflect his commitment to not just canonical works but the music of the late-20th and early-21st-century as well. Over the past five years, Ondine has released sixteen critically acclaimed recordings featuring Eschenbach with the Orchestre de Paris and the Philadelphia Orchestra, a number of which have received prestigious honors including BBC Music Magazine "Disc of the Month," Gramophone "Editors Choice," and the German Record Critics' Award, among others. His recent Ondine recording of the music of Kaija Saariaho with the Orchestre de Paris and soprano Karita Mattila won the 2009 MIDEM Classical Award in Contemporary Music. Highlights for Eschenbach in the 2011/12 season include series and a tour with the National Symphony Orchestra, a tour with Vienna Philharmonic ending with concerts in Vienna, concerts with the London Philhamonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Boston Symphony, the Orchestre de Paris. He will also conduct in Rome (l'Accademia di Santa Cecilia), Milan (FilarMonica Della Scala), Munich, Prague, Berlin, Hamburg, among many others. In the summer time he will also take part of festivals, Schleswig Holstein, Beijing, Tanglewoodand Ravinia.