Waldsee Concerts 2020
Dear visitors of the «Waldsee Concerts»!
Again in 2020 we can expect a series of exciting concerts amidst the beautiful natural backdrop of Sammatz. I began the year with my colleagues from the Wiener Symphoniker ‹Feuertrunken› with Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. What an amazing piece of work! Beethoven was deaf when he created the composition. Is that not incredible? Then his idea with the chorus: «Joy, beautiful sparkle of God, Daughter of Elysium, We enter, fire-drunk, Heavenly, Your holy sanctuary, Your magics bind again, What custom has strictly parted, All men become brothers, Where your tender wing lingers». 2020 marks his 250th birthday. He would have certainly loved to have come to Sammatz to compose and would have been inspired by the rustling of the trees, the birdsong, the colours of the grasses and flowers whilst sitting at the forest lake.
The artists of the Waldsee concerts are also celebrating it. The young, up-and-coming ‹Noré Quartet› will play the Beethoven String Quartet 59,1 among other things. The string trio ‹Trio d’Iroise› from Hanover (NDR-Radio Inf. Orch.) will also perform Beethoven’s Trio in C minor. In the last week of August, I will play with my wonderful chamber music colleagues: Nicola Birkhahn on violin and viola (Bayer.Rundfunksinf.Orch.), Konstantin Pfiz (Mahler Chamber Orch.) on cello and Paul Rivinius (ECHO Klassik award winner) on piano. We will play his piano quartet op.16, the piano trio dedicated to the ‘Archduke Rudolph’, the wonderful cello sonatas, his famous ‘Kreutzer Sonata’ and ‘Spring Sonata’ for violin and piano, alongside other exciting works that lend themselves to diverse instrumentation.
However, at the Waldsee, we don’t only play Beethoven, but also other works; for example Brahms and Prokofiev by the highly talented, young clarinetist Žilvinas Brazauskas and his congenial partner Violetta Khachikyan on piano. Last but not least, I am particularly pleased that there will be two wonderful singers in Sammatz, both of whom are successful in large opera houses in Berlin, Vienna and Dresden. The alto Karolina Gumos and soprano Caroline Melzer, will come for a duet evening with the American Elenora Pertz (German Opera Berlin) on the grand piano with a romantic program of Brahms, Wagner and A. Berg.
Come and celebrate Beethoven with us! Allow yourself to be enchanted again this year by the beautiful Waldsee and the sounds of music offered by international, successful and young newcomers with ‘great brotherly joy in unison and with the sounds of nature’ – entirely in the spirit of the great Beethoven. Of that I am sure!
Yours Sophie Heinrich