‘Thanks to his penchant for writing short and succinct movements. Winterberg’s tough, gritty and uncompromising music never outstays its welcome. It certainly receives persuasive advocacy from Johannes Kalitzke and the Berlin Radio Symphony, and Jonathan Powell does a terrific job in projecting the piano concerto’s dynamic energy.’
Siebe Riedstra’s enthusiasic review of the new recording of Hans Winterberg’s orchestral works for Opus Klassik:
‘The importance of this publication cannot be underestimated, so any attempt at a valuation is superfluous. With his extensive experience with Musikfabrik and Ensemble Modern, composer and conductor Johannes Kalitzke (1959) is the right person to bring these partly very complicated scores into the limelight. Jonathan Powell has a formidable reputation in the modern repertory and delivers an impressive performance, particularly in the huge cadence of the last movement of the piano concerto.’
You can read the full text here.
Martin Blaumeiser writes a glowing review for KLASSIK HEUTE about all aspects of the first commercial CD of Hans Winterberg’s orchestral music, which also includes Jonathan Powell’s rendition of the 1st piano concerto with the Berlin Radio Orchestra and Johannes Kalitzke conducting.
‘new discovery, unparalleled in music history’…
‘No wonder that this artist, who is technically almost unbeatable at the moment, immediately enchants the listener here.’
35 year old German conductor Jesko Sirvend, a multiple prize winner of the Malko competition, is with a 2nd prize from the jury, and also the prize of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, the clear winner of the 2022 Evgeny Svetlanov Conducting competition in Monte Carlo.
An important rediscovery according to Rémy Franck in the Pizzicato Magazine:
‘The First Piano Concerto becomes attractive in the exciting interpretation of Jonathan Powell and Johannes Kalitzke. The English pianist is responsible for the critical edition of all the piano works (including 4 piano concertos)’
Jonathan Powell is in charge of the critical edition of all piano works, and will also record the 4 piano concertos
Martin Blaumeiser reviewed in The New Listener Jonathan Powell’s monumental performance of Sorabji’s Sequentia Cyclica, a highlight of the 25th anniversary edition of the Heidelberger Fruehling Festival, curated by Igor Levit.
‘A sensational performance in every respect’
‘Jonathan Powell is undoubtedly today’s most highly-qualified pianist for this extreme repertoire’
‘His piano playing is characterised by enormous sonority and precisely differentiated dynamics; even in the loudest passages’
Powell masters the necessary precision of touch – and he also keeps track of the large-scale harmonic progressions.’
On personal invitation by Igor Levit, Jonathan Powell will perform the German premiere of Sorabji’s monumental 8.5 hour set of variations ‘Sequentia Cyclica’ in 5 concerts over 3 days at the Heidelberger Frühling Festival beginning of April.
On Saturday 26th March, Michael Zlabinger accepted to conduct his debut with the Tonkünstler Orchester Niederösterreich with only a few hours notice. The programm included among others Kurt Weill’s second Symphony:
A week before going to play the entire Sequentia Cyclica as German Premiere on Igor Levit’s invitation at the Heidelberger Fruehling Festival beginning April, Jonathan Powell performs the entire monumental set of 27 variations on Dies Irae as a Baltic premiere at the Decibels Festival in Riga on 23rd March. Recommended listening, Edgars Raginskis talks to Jonathan about his ties to Latvia and the upcoming performance of SC on Radio Klasika:
Thanks to the initiative of Randol Schoenberg and Michael Haas,
Hans Winterberg‘s music can now be made public despite of an imposed embargo by the Sudenten German Music institute.
Boosey & Hawkes / Exilarte started working on a first ever Winterberg Edition, with english pianist Jonathan Powell in charge of all piano works, and German Radio embarked on a series of new recordings of his orchstral works:
Having had to spostpone a planned debut last season, the Alban Berg Ensemble Wien is giving its Riga debut at the Viennese Classics Festival on 26th February with a program dedicated to Schubert’s 225th anniversary:
The widely acclaimed Swiss piano duo are returning for a recital at the Sara Sandor hall of Bartok Radio Budapest on 22nd February with a program including Beethoven’s Waldstein variations and the Grosse Fuge, a first performance of a piece by Geza Frid, and Peter Eotvos’ Lisztomania:
Having had to postpone a concert planned last season, the Alban Berg Ensemble Wien performs the program of their highly accaimed debut CD with Deutsche Gramophon at the prestigious Societe de musique in La Chaux de Fonds on 20th February:
”Laura Jackson and Jeri Lynne Johnson, both former Taki Alsop Fellows, and Anna Duczmal-Mróz , the just-named 2022-24 fellow, join Alsop on the kickoff program, featuring Jessie Montgomery’s “Source Code,” Michael Daugherty’s “Time Machine” for three conductors and orchestra, and a Frankenstein combination of Sergei Prokofiev’s two “Romeo and Juliet” Suites, as assembled by Alsop.’
You can read the entire article in the Chicago Tribune here:
In between a highly acclaimed production of The Lighthouse at the Kammeroper and a very successful performance of Tosca at the Theater a d Wien in Vienna, Michael Zlabinger conducted his Munich Radio Orchestra debut last December.
You can watch it again on Bavarian Radio’s website:
Anna Duczmal-Mróz has been announced as the recipient of the prestigious Taki-Alsop Conducting Fellow 2022: Over the coming two years, Anna Duczmal-Mróz will work closely with Marin Alsop, in addition to give her debuts among others in Ravinia and Aspen:
Following his critically acclaimed production of Peter Maxwell-Davies The Lighthouse at the Kammeroper Wien in October 2021 (in a joint debut with his brothers Georg and Martin, stage director and stage design respectively), conductor Michael Zlabinger is giving his Theater a d Wien debut with a performance of Tosca (Kristina Opolais, Gabor Bretz) on 30th January
After having worked on all major European stages from Covent Garden, to Madrid, Vienna, Zurich, Munich, Salzburg and Glyndebourne, the three brothers Zlabinger joint forces for their debut production at the Vienna Kammeroper with Peter Maxell-Davies’ masterwork The Lighthouse this October;
‘Director Georg Zlabinger succeeds not only in creating an exemplary, but also an intense, credible and exciting portrayal of the characters, which allows the audience to share in the anxiety and tension in the lighthouse. Michael Zlabinger conducts the highly motivated Vienna Chamber Orchestra, which has taken on the twelve parts of the orchestral cast, at the highest level. He also succeeds in making the mysterious and mystical audible and tangible from Peter Maxwell Davies’ score’.