Jan 07, 2011
Following three performances of Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder with the New York Philharmonic and its music director, Alan Gilbert (Jan 6-8), Thomas Hampson will perform and discuss songs by Mahler – as well as music by Schubert, Schumann, Liszt, and American composers – in a front of a live studio audience at The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space at WQXR on Monday, January 10. This will be broadcast live at 7pm on Classical 105.9 FM WQXR and www.wqxr.org, and will be available as a live video webcast at www.thegreenespace.org. The music of Gustav Mahler, who was born 150 years ago and died a century ago next May, is the centerpiece of Hampson’s 2010-11 season, when the baritone will perform Mahler’s music in 50 recital and concert programs with the world’s greatest orchestras and leading conductors. His new recording of Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn with the Wiener Virtuosen – described by the Wall Street Journal as “superb” – was released last month on Deutsche Grammophon, and a film crew has been following Hampson throughout his Mahler odyssey for a documentary about the composer’s life and music that will be broadcast this spring in Europe.
A reviewer for BBC Music magazine called Hampson’s new Wunderhorn recording, “a wonderfully fresh imaginative take on the songs” and “a constantly absorbing recital” that benefited from Hampson’s “pungent characterizations.” A review at the website Classical Review noted, “Magnificently supported by the Wiener Virtuosen – a conductor-less ensemble comprised of members of the Vienna Philharmonic – Hampson embarks on an intimate journey during which he imbues the familiar Mahlerian landscapes with innovative hues and tones… . This one-of-a-kind Des Knaben Wunderhorn embodies the soul of the Mahlerian Lied… . A firm contender for my Record of the Year list, 2010. Or 2011? Why not both!”
Hampson began the worldwide celebrations of Mahler’s life and music on July 7, 2010 – the 150th anniversary of Mahler’s birth – in Kaliste, Czech Republic, with a recital from the composer’s birth house, streamed live on medici.tv, as well as an internationally televised orchestral concert, available on DVD. Later in the summer he performed Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with the NDR Symphony Orchestra, Hamburg and Alan Gilbert on a four-city tour that included the final concert of the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival. Hampson’s current performances with the New York Philharmonic are his first with the orchestra since his term last year as its first Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence. This spring, the baritone joins Gilbert and the orchestra on tour in Europe for the second consecutive season, performing Mahler songs in several cities (May 12-23, venues tba).
Hampson’s other Mahler performances this season include concerts with such orchestras as the Vienna Philharmonic, Hamburg’s NDR Sinfonieorchester, the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, and Czech Philharmonic, with conductors including Mariss Jansons, Philippe Jordan, and Antonio Pappano. Hampson also features the composer’s songs in a series of recitals in Berlin, Munich, Hamburg, Vienna, Zurich, London, Amsterdam, Paris, Milan, Madrid, and Oslo, and – as “Mahler Artist-in-Residence” – presents the complete songs at Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie. A detailed list of his upcoming performances follows below.
Thomas Hampson discusses Mahler’s songs in a “Cultural Conversation” published in the Wall Street Journal on January 6 and available here: tinyurl.com/25tmeh6.
Thomas Hampson will fill in as a guest host for Terrance McKnight on WQXR this Thursday, November 5, beginning at 7 pm ET. During this hour, Thomas will celebrate the song repertoire, featuring works by Schubert, Mahler, Ives, and many others. Tune in and learn more about Hampson’s guest host hour via WQXR.
PENTATONE continues its American Opera Series with Houston Grand Opera’s world premiere recording of Tarik O’Regan’s The Phoenix (2019), an opera on the life of Lorenzo da Ponte, Mozart’s favorite librettist. Da Ponte (1749-1838) was an adventurer, who not only travelled the world, but in a way also through time, living across what seem to be impossible moments of history that never should have aligned in somebody’s life.
The documentary by C Major Entertainment “The Animated Story of Jenny Lind”, in which Thomas Hampson is the narrator, has won this year’s Golden Prague Fesitval’s Performing Arts Prize, one of the world’s most prestigious and acclaimed Performing Arts festival for TV and film, with opera, dance, concerts and documentaries from all over the world. It is also on the Shortlist of potential winners of the Prix Italia.
Thomas Hampson makes his Global Concert Hall debut next month, performing with the Orchester Wiener Akademie under the baton of its founder and musical director Martin Haselböck. The concert, filmed at the Brucknerhouse Linz in August 2020, will be streamed on IDAGIO’s Global Concert Hall on Thursday, October 15, beginning at 8 pm Berlin / 2 pm New York. The concert will be available to stream through October 22.
Thomas Hampson returns to the stage this month, with a concert at the Stiftskirche Millstatt, and two performances at the Salzkammergut Classic Festival. Beginning on August 2 in Millstatt, Hampson will perform lieder by Gustav Mahler and Johannes Brahms with pianist Christian Koch, and the Carinthia Chor Millstatt will sing Carinthian songs under the direction of Bernhard Zlanabitnig.
For the first time ever, audiences around the world will have a special opportunity to watch the Canadian Opera Company’s 2018 world premiere production of Hadrian, in full, online. On Monday, August 10 at 6:30 p.m. ET, in partnership with Montréal Pride Festival, the COC is hosting a free, one-night-only digital stream of the modern grand opera. The Hadrian Watch Party helps kick off one week of virtual Pride events and will feature a live Q&A session with both the composer and celebrated singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright and librettist Daniel MacIvor, a giant in Canadian theatre.
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