Following the concert with Peter Eötvös in January 2019, the musicians* of the Staatskapelle Dresden will again dedicate an extensive portrait concert in HELLERAU to the new Capell composer Aribert Reimann. Reimann’s chamber music confrontations with three composers of the 19th century will be at the centre of attention: Schubert, Mendelssohn and Schumann have long been important benchmarks for the work of the Berlin composer, who approaches their work in a subtle way. In this way, a less well-known facet of the great music dramatist and former song accompanist can be experienced.
Aribert Reimann was born in Berlin in 1936 to a family marked by music. He composed his first piano songs at the age of ten. After graduating from high school, he worked as a répétiteur and studied composition with Boris Blacher and Ernst Pepping, piano with Otto Rausch and musicology at the University of Vienna. From 1974 to 1983 he held a professorship at the Hamburg Musikhochschule with a focus on contemporary song. In 1983 he was appointed to the same position at the Berlin Hochschule der Künste.
Aribert Reimann’s affinity for the human voice is a strong impulse for his compositional work. Thus music theatre and song form the germ cells from which Reimann’s artistic work developed further. With important stage works such as his century opera “Lear” (1976-78), “Medea” (2007-09) and
most recently “L’Invisible” (2011-17), he is one of the world’s leading opera composers. In addition to song compositions to texts by Paul Celan, James Joyce, Joseph von Eichendorff or Louise Labé, he has composed numerous chamber music pieces, solo concertos and orchestral works such as the two piano concertos (1961 and 1972), Sieben Fragmente für Orchester in memoriam Robert Schumann (1988), the Violin Concerto (1995/96) and the orchestral work “Zeit-Inseln” (2004).
The composer has received numerous honors and awards, including the Frankfurt Music Prize, the Grand Cross of Merit with Star of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Ernst von Siemens Music Prize and the German Theatre Prize DER FAUST for his life’s work in 2018.
Part 1: Mendelssohn 7 p.m.
“Solo” for viola (1996)
“…or is it death?” Eight songs and a fragment by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy based on poems by Heinrich Heine, arranged for soprano and string quartet and combined with six intermezzi by Aribert Reimann (1996)
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
Part 2: Schumann 8.30 p.m.
“Solo” for violoncello (1981)
Aribert Reimann gives insights into his work in a conversation.
“Fantasiestücke” for clarinet, flute, harp and two violas arranged by Aribert Reimann (2007)
“Adagio” – in memory of Robert Schumann – for string quartet (2006)
Part 3: Schubert 9:45 p.m.
“Solo” for oboe (2001)
“Nocturnos” for cello and harp (1965)
“Metamorphoses” on a minuet by Franz Schubert (D 600) for ten instruments (1997)
An event of the Saxon State Orchestra in cooperation with HELLERAU – European Centre of the Arts