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Welcome to the 23/24 concert season

Philharmonia Zürich, Orchestra La Scintilla, Ensemble Opera Nova

Last season, Gianandrea Noseda began his tenure as the General Music Director of the Opernhaus Zürich. He set the stage for German-Romantic repertoire with Brahms’ Deutsches Requiem and the symphonically-inclined First Piano Concerto with the Philharmonia Zürich. In his second season, he’ll continue with Richard Wagner’s Ring des Nibelungen on the operatic stage, and will present further works by Johannes Brahms on the concert podium. The 2022/23 season see Brahms’ second and third symphonies – paired respectively with a piano concerto by Robert Schumann, featuring Lars Vogt as soloist, and with Wolfgang Rihm’s Aria/Ariadne with texts by Nietzsche, presented as a part of a series of performances to mark the composer’s 70th birthday.

Two Philharmonic Concerts explore the Romantic repertoire in the 20th century. For the first, internationally-renowned viola soloist Nils Mönkemeyer will present Béla Bartók’s Concerto for Viola and Orchestra under the musical direction of Simone Young, who combines it with works by Richard Strauss and Gustav Mahler. The Philharmonia Zürich’s solo clarinetist, Robert Pickup, appears with Aaron Copland’s clarinet concerto, in a program including works by Leonard Bernstein and Jean Sibelius, musically directed by Japanese conductor Yutaka Sado.

And the Orchestra La Scintilla joins their newly-appointed Artistic Director Riccardo Minasi in further investigating the 19th century – presenting historically-informed performance practice. The 4th subscription concert brings La Scintilla interpretations of works by Brahms and Antonín Dvořák. And, of course, important Baroque works will play an important role on their program, as Riccardo Minasi leads performances of Johann Sebastian Bach’s four Orchestral Suites. And Trevor Pinnock, a pioneer of historical performance practice, appears as a guest with Georg Friedrich Händel’s Water Music.