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Festival: Hamburg International Music Festival

© Claudia Höhne
© Claudia Höhne

CANCELLED: April 24 – May 25, 2020

Where is it?

Hamburg, Germany

About the festival

Already entering its fifth year, the Hamburg International Music Festival once again serves as an illustrious showcase for a musical city. Over four weeks, the great Hamburg orchestras and concert organisers are at their best, presenting a programme of national appeal. This season's motto is Belief.

High-ranking guests such as Sir John Eliot Gardiner's English Baroque Soloists, Riccardo Chailly and the Filarmonica della Scala, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Welsh bass-baritone Bryn Terfel, many other international soloists and the four big Hamburg orchestras perform important confessional works from all eras of music history as well as compositions outside the confines of the Belief motto. As the centrepiece of the festival, Kent Nagano conducts the Hamburg State Opera in three performances of Olivier Messiaen's sole opera, St. François d’Assise, and Daniel Harding leads two performances of Mahler's 8th Symphony - the Symphony of a Thousand. There are six concerts exploring the work of the deeply religious Russian composer Sofia Gubaidulina, who lives close to Hamburg. The two opening concerts feature the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra under its chief conductor Alan Gilbert. Conducting doyen Herbert Blomstedt directs three concerts featuring his reading of Mozart's Great C minor Mass, while a trio led by tenor Benedikt Kristjánsson presents an unusual version of Bach's St John Passion. The Swedish Radio Choir, generally regarded as one of the world's best choirs, performs sacred works by Pärt and the Concerto for Choir by Alfred Schnittke. Claude Vivier's Musik für das Ende provides the setting for an exciting musical experience put on by the Canadian Ensemble Soundstreams. The Lichtenberg Figure is the title of an exciting chamber music recital with the Ictus Ensemble, the contemporary music specialists from Belgium.

For full information visit the Hamburg International Music Festival website

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