Heinz Holliger conducts The WDR Symphony, Cologne In Concert – April 17, 2015 – WDR, Cologne –
An eclectic concert from Germany this week. Legendary Oboist, Composer and conductor Heinz Holliger leads the West German Radio Symphony in works by Robert Schumann, Aois Zimmermann and York Höller – all broadcast live on April 17, 2015. Also featured are soloists Ludwig Rast, Rainer Jurkiewicz, and Joachim Pölti, Horns in the Schumann Concert Piece in F Major for four horns and Håkan Hardenberger, trumpet in the Zimmermann trumpet concerto and the Höller Fanal for Trumpet.
Beginning the concert with Schumann’s “Zwickau Symphony” in G Minor, followed by the Höller, Schumann’s overture to Manfred, Alois Zimmermann’s Concerto for Trumpet “Nobody Knows The Trouble I seen” and ending the concert with Schumann’s Concert Piece.
Håkan Hardenberger is almost at home in Cologne: In 2011/2012 Hardenberger played for one season as “Soloist of the Season” with the Symphony Orchestra. Now the man from Malmö returned to the Philharmonie and played works by two Rhinelanderers with pieces by Höller and Zimmermann Zimmermann’s Trumpet Concerto made Hardenberger famous: Since its premiere in 1955, “Nobody …” was considered almost unplayable – until Hardenberger dared to work on the piece 20 years ago and remained the only interpreter of the work for a long time.
As a conductor, Heinz Holliger has worked for many years together with leading orchestras and ensembles worldwide, including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw Orchestra, the London Philharmonia Orchestra, the Vienna Symphony, the Vienna Philharmonic, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the SWR Symphony Orchestra of Baden-Baden/Freiburg and Stuttgart, the WDR Symphony Orchestra of Cologne, the Frankfurt Symphony Orchestra, the Zürich Tonhalle Orchestra, L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Chamber Orchestra of Lausanne, the Budapest Festival Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Lyon, and the Strasbourg Philharmonic, as well as his long standing collaboration with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.
In high demand as a composer, Heinz Holliger’s works are published exclusively by Schott Music International. His opera on Robert Walser’s “Schneewittchen” at the Zürich Opera House received great international attention. Other major works are the Scardanelli Cycle and the Violin Concerto.
Heinz Holliger’s recordings as an oboist, conductor, and composer are available on Teldec, Philips and ECM. He is currently recording the works of Charles Koechlin in a series of releases for the SWR/Hänssler label. Of the five recordings currently released, a double CD with soprano Juliane Banse was awarded the Midem Classical 2006 Award and the 2006 Prize from Echo Classics.
Enjoy the concert.