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World premiere of Karl Weigl's Cello Concerto in Preparation!

Raphael Wallfisch and the Berlin Konzerthaus Orchestra, conducted by Nicholas Milton, plan to record Karl Weigl’s Cello Concerto this coming April 2017. The work, composed in 1934, has never been performed.

Wallfisch’s performance will appear in a series of recordings with Classic Produktion Osnabrück (CPO) of cello music by Jewish composers who lost their voices in exile. Many of the composers to be included in the series—Weigl, Hans Gál, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Berthold Goldschmidt, Franz Reizenstein, Robert Starer, and Ernest Bloch—had a connection either to Wallfisch’s parents, who were exiles themselves, or to his teacher Gregor Piatigorsky.

For more on the project see http://nickythomasmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Raphael-Wallfisch-Berlin-Recording-project-press-release.pdf.

Coming performances

Wednesday, 29 March 2017, in Saarbrücken, Germany, in the Gieseking Hall of the Hochschule für Musik Saarbrücken, at the Fourth Ensemble Concert Saarbrücken, Karl Weigl’s String Sextet will be performed by six musicians of the Saarbrücken Deutsche Radio Philharmonie (Gisela Arnold and Helmut Winkel, violin; Benjamin Rivinius and Jessica Sommer, viola; Mario Blaumer and Min-Jung Suh, violoncello). Also on the program: Richard Strauss, the string sextet from Capriccio; Anton Webern, String Trio op. 20; Mozart, Adagio and Fugue in F Major KV 404a no. 3, and Adagio and Fugue in F Minor KV 404a no. 6

The concert will be broadcasted live, at 8 pm local time, on SR 2 KulturRadio; for seven days starting 30 March 2017 the concert will be available online at www.sr2.de. For more information see https://www.drp-orchester.de/drp/konzerte/saarbruecken/20170329_4_ensemblekonzert_saarbruecken100.html.

Sunday, 21 May 2017, in the nineteenth season of Seattle's Music of Remembrance, in Benaroya Hall's Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall, Karl Weigl’s Three Intermezzi for String Quartet will be performed in a version for string quintet by Mikhail Shmidt, Takumi Taguchi, Susan Gulkis Assadi, Mara Finkelstein, and Jonathan Green. Also on the program: works by Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Hans Gál, and Mieczyslaw Weinberg. See www.musicofremembrance.org.

Recent performances

Friday, 15 July 2016, at the Kimito Island Music Festival, Karl Weigl’s Five Songs for soprano and string quartet performed by Mia Huhta, soprano, and the instrumentatlists Sonja Korkeala, Katinka Korkeala, Hariolf Schlichtig, and Samuli Peltonen.

Sunday, 24 April 2016, in the Allerheiligen Hofkirche der Residenz, Munich, a program titled
Hommage an das Rosé Quartett presented Karl Weigl’s Five Songs for soprano and string quartet, performed by Josephine Renelt, soprano, and the instrumentalists Sonja Korkeala, Teresa Allgaier, Hariolf Schlichtig, and Kristin von der Goltz. Also on the program: Erich W. Korngold, String Quartet No. 1, op. 16; and Johannes Brahms, String Quintet op. 111. See http://www.europamusicale.eu/odeon-konzerte/konzerte-201516/hommage-an-das-rose-quartett/; see also http://www.sonjakorkeala.de/.

Sunday, 20 March 2016, at the Villa Aurora, Los Angeles, a program titled Sounds of Exile: Austrian Composers in the United States, with Sigrid Hagn, piano, and Julia Ammerer-Simma, cello, presented, Vally Weigl’s Old-Time Burlesque and Karl Weigl’s Love Song for cello and piano. Also on the program: in addition to works by Arnold Schoenberg, Alexander Zemlinsky, Eric Zeisl, and Erich Wolfgang Korngold. See http://www.villa-aurora.org/en/eventreader/20160320_eclectic_salon_eng.html.

3 October 2015, in Arnhem, Netherlands, at the International Kammermuziek-festival Schiermonnikoog, Philippe Graffin, Alexandre Pascal, Roger Chase, Lilli Maijala, Jeroen Reuling, and Marcio Carneiro performed Karl Weigl's String Sextet op. 30. Also on the program: Korngold, Marietta’s Lied; Josef Marx, Durch Einsamkeiten; and Schubert, Trio No. 2, D. 929.

5 October 2015
, in Arnhem, Netherlands, at the International Kammermuziek-festival Schiermonnikoog
Marie-Paule Milone and the Malibran Quartet (Tatiana Samouil, Aki Saulière, Tony Nys, and Justus Grimm) performed Karl Weigl's Three Songs for mezzo-soprano and string quartet, and Renate Arends and the Malibran Quartet performed the Five Songs for soprano and string quartet. Also on the program: Strauss, Capriccio op. 85; and Schubert String Quartet op. posth. 163, D. 956.

For more information on the Schiermonnikoog Festival see http://www.schiermonnikoogfestival.nl/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/weekoverzicht-2015_7.pdf.


New reprint edition

The American Composers Alliance (ACA) has issued a newly engraved edition (score and parts) of Karl Weigl’s Five Songs for soprano and string quartet. Performances of this work, which was premiered in March 1937 in Vienna, with Zoë Prasch-Formacher and the Kolbe Quartet, have always garnered glowing reviews. Elisabeth Schumann, too, performed the work to high acclaim, first with the Rosé Quartet (in Vienna) and then with the Brosa Quartet (in London).

Recent Karl Weigl recordings

Karl Weigl Ausgewählte Lieder / Selected Songs (Capriccio C5259), produced by Deutschlandradio Kultur, presents the soprano Sophie Klußmann, the pianist Oliver Triend, and soloists of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin (Sebastian Breuninger and Clemens Linder, violin; Annemarie Moorcroft and Eve Wickert, viola; Mischa Meyer and Adele Bitter, cello) performing the following works by Karl Weigl: Five Songs from “Phantasus” for voice and piano op. 9 (1905); Five Songs for soprano and string quartet (1934); Three Songs for soprano and piano / Drei Mädchenlieder op. 12 (1909); Six Children’s Songs for voice and piano (1932–1934); Five Duets for soprano, baritone, and piano (1909); The Invisible Light for voice and piano (1939); and Rendezvous / Ein Stelldichein for voice and string sextet (1904).

Karl Weigl’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand and Violin Concerto (Capriccio C5049) features Florian Krumpöck and David Frühwirth in the two Weigl concerti, accompanied by the Norddeutsche Philharmonie under the baton of Manfred Hermann Lehner.

Both recordings come with notes by the British composer and writer Lloyd Moore (www.lloydmooremusic.co.uk).

Reissued Vally Weigl recording

The 1974 CRI recording of Vally Weigl's Nature Moods and New England Suite has been reissued on CD as part of an ongoing project at Composer's Recordings Inc. (CRI); the company is gradually transferring the original master tapes of their LP catalog to digital files and making CDs available on a print-on-demand basis. Weigl's Nature Moods is performed by George Shirley, tenor; Stanley Drucker, clarinet; and Kenneth Gordon, violin. The New England Suite is performed by Stanley Drucker, clarinet; Kermit Moore, cello; and Ilse Sass, piano.

Related events

Excerpts from Michael Haas's book Forbidden Music: The Jewish Composers Banned by the Nazis (Yale University Press), as well as many additional photographs and links, can be seen on www. facebook.com/forbiddenmusic; for material and discussions on Karl Weigl scroll down to the entries from 4–6 March 2014.  


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