Monday, 13 July 2015 08:11


concerto chiusura Cantiere289,30pm

Royal Northern College of Music Manchester


Justus Grimm, cello
Markus Stenz
Roland Böer
Jan Latham Koenig

As it celebrates such an important anniversary, the Closing concert of the 40th Cantiere proposes a Galà of directors linked to the history of the Cantiere, both from its beginnings and now. In fact, three illustrious personalities of the symphonic panorama will alternate on the podium: Markus Stenz, Jan Latham Koenig and Roland Böer who, in a single evening, will delight both the orchestra and the audience with the gestures and interpretations of three different directors. Detlev Glanert composed Frenesia for large orchestra for the 150th anniversary of the birth of Richard Strauss, basing it, as perhaps any German composer would have, on Ein Heldenleben (A Hero’s Life), the epitome of high German romanticism and - as Strauss himself explained - of «an independent and generic ideal of masculine heroism». Frenesia invokes Strauss’s hero without emulating him, however. Galert explains «I don’t think traditional romantic heroism is still possible after the historical events which led to 1945. Frenesia is a portrait of modern man, with his physical presence, his nervous system, his muscles and movements» This modern portrait includes a wide and varied assortment of instruments, from the Wagnerian anvil to the bongos of the beat generation, from the rumble of the double bassoon to the frenetic cry of the piccolo.



 Roland Böer studied piano, composition and orchestra conduction. Since 2009 he has been music director of Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte di Montepulciano, where since 2015 he has also been music and artistic director. He has been a guest conductor of opera and symphonic repertoire at Teatro alla Scala of Milan, Covent Garden Royal Theater and the English National Opera of London, Théâtre de la Monnaie in Bruxelles, Deutsche Oper and Komische Oper of Berlin, the Royal theater of Stolkholm, the Royal Theater of Copenhagen, Opéra du Rhin in Strasbourg, Opera of Bern, Wielki theater in Warsaw, and Volksoper of Vienna, Teatro Petruzzelli of Bari, Opéra de Nice, Hungarian State Opera House of Budapest. His new engagements for next year’s season are: at the Opera of Firenze - Maggio Musicale, at the Opéra de Nice, while at the National Theater of Prague, he will direct Elektra.

ridimensionato koenigJan Latham-Koenig  has directed in prestigious theaters all over the world such as the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, English National Opera, New Japan Philharmonic, Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Dresden Philharmonic and many others. He has worked at the Academy of Saint Cecilia in Roma with Evgeny Kissin. His most important performances as opera conductor include Novaya Opera of Mosca, Opera Nazionale of Prague, Nuovo Teatro Nazionale of Tokyo, The National Opera of Finland, Vienna Staatsoper, Opéra National de Paris, Royal Danish Opera, the Cilean premières of Peter Grimes and I Lombardi in Santiago. 



Markus Stenz2 MolinaVisualsMarkus Stenz was artistic director of Cantiere (1989–1995) and Principal Conductor of the London Sinfonietta (1994–1998). In Australia, he was artistic director and Chief Conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Renowned for his contemporary interpretations, Stenz was Principal Conductor of the Gürzenich Orchestra in Cologne (Gürzenich-Kapellmeister).He is a refined performer of Henze’s work which he directed at Deutsche Oper di Berlino, at the Munich Bavarian State Opera, at Salzburg Festival and a premiere at La Fenice in Venice. 


Detlev Glanert (1960) Frenesia per grande orchestra (2013) [italian premiere]
Sergej Prokofiev (1891-1953) Sinfonia concertante in Mi minore per violoncello e orchestra, Op. 125 (1952), Andante, Allegro giusto, Andante con moto-Allegretto-Allegro
Sergej Prokofiev, Suite sinfonica da War and Peace Op. 91 (1944-46, arr. Palmer) I l ballo (I. Fanfara e Polacca II. Valzer. III. Mazurka.) I ntermezzo-Notte di
Battaglia (I. Tempesta di neve II. Battaglia III. Vittoria[italian premiere]