Easter Festival Salzburg: Choral Concert

Myung-Whun Chung Conductor
Anna Prohaska Soprano
Adrian Eröd Baritone
Cameron Carpenter Orgel
Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks

    Gabriel Fauré

    • Requiem, Opus 48

    Camille Saint-Saëns

    • Symphony No. 3 c minor opus 78 »Organ symphony«
    Date of broadcast: April 10, 2017, from 8.00 p.m live on BR-Klassik; April 15, 2017, from 3.05 p.m. on Ö1
    • 10.04.2017
      20:00 Uhr
      Grosses Festspielhaus
      (external ticket supplier)
    • 14.04.2017
      19:00 Uhr
      Grosses Festspielhaus
      (external ticket supplier)

    Myung-Whun Chung

    Principal Guest Conductor

    Since the 2012/2013 season Myung-Whun Chung has been the first artist in the history of the Staatskapelle to hold the title of Principal Guest Conductor. This South Korean maestro has conducted many symphony concerts in the Semperoper since his debut here in November 2001. He has also directed a new production of Verdi’s »Don Carlo« (2003) from the orchestral pit and has accompanied the Kapelle on tours through Europe (2001, 2005, 2008 and 2013), to the USA (2005) and Asia (2006).

    In addition to his work on the conductor’s rostrum, Myung-Whun Chung frequently performs as a chamber musician with Kapelle players, most recently at the Salzburg Easter Festival in 2013 when he wore two musical hats as conductor and chamber musician at Kapelle concerts. Chung launched his Dresden Mahler cycle in the 2012/2013 season with the composer’s First Symphony, continuing last season with the Second and Ninth Symphonies.

    Born in Seoul, Myung-Whun Chung began his career as a pianist, in 1974 he won the 2nd price at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Competition. In 1979 he became an assistant to Carlo Maria Giulini at the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and later directing the Saarbrücken Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Opéra Bastille in Paris and the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome. 

    Since 2000 he has been Music Director of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, while at the same time contributing to the musical life of his home country in various functions. For example he is Artistic Director of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra as well as the Asia Philharmonic Orchestra, an ensemble which brings together Asian musicians from the world’s leading orchestras for special concert projects.

    During his career Myung-Whun Chung has collaborated with virtually all of the great orchestras. His catalogue of CDs with Deutsche Grammophon features many prize-winning recordings. In addition to his musical activities, he is highly committed to various humanitarian and ecological causes. He was an Ambassador of the UN Drug Control Programme and in 1995 was honoured as UNESCO’s »Man of the Year«. In 1996 he received the »Kumkuan «, the highest cultural award of Korea. He has been appointed the first Cultural Ambassador of his country, and in 2008 became a »Goodwill Ambassador« for UNICEF, the first conductor to hold this position.

    Cameron Carpenter

    Für den Ausnahmeorganisten Cameron Carpenter erfüllte sich 2014 ein lang gehegter Traum: Die Fertigstellung seines eigenen Instrumentes. Mit der erstmals in New York dem Publikum präsentierten InternationalTouring Organ (ITO) ging Cameron Carpenter im Anschluss auch in Europa auf Tournee. Station machte er im Frühjahr und Sommer 2014 unter anderem im Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, dem Konzerthaus Wien, der Alten Oper Frankfurt und Kölner Philharmonie. Die nach Carpenters Plänen gefertigte ITO ermöglicht ihm, an fast jedem Ort der Welt konzertieren zu können – eine Selbstverständlichkeit für die meisten Instrumentalisten, eine Revolution jedoch für Cameron Carpenter als Organisten. Begleitend zur Premiere der ITO erschien im Frühjahr 2014 seine Debüteinspielung »If You Could Read My Mind« für Sony Classical.

    Zu den Höhepunkten der Saison 14/15 zählen die erste USA Tournee mit der ITO wie auch die deutsche und englische Premiere des für Carpenter geschriebenen Orgelkonzertes At The Royal Majestic von Terry Riley mit dem Deutschen Symphonie-Orchester Berlin und dem BBC Concert Orchestra. Das Konzert wurde im April 2014 mit Los Angeles Philharmonic unter John Adams uraufgeführt, im Mai folgte die Europäische Erstaufführung mit dem Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.

    Cameron Carpenter arbeitet regelmäßig mit bedeutenden Künstlern anderer Genres zusammen, wie z.B. dem Regisseur Peter Sellars, für dessen Regiearbeit »Michelangelo Sonnets« beim Manchester International Festival 2013 Cameron Carpenter Schostakowitschs »Michelangelo-Suite« für Orgel transkribierte und spielte.

    Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks

    Artistic Director: Peter Dijkstra

    The Bavarian Radio Chorus, founded in 1946, is the oldest of the station’s three ensembles. Responsibility for the chorus’s development is traditionally held by the chorus director as well as the conductor of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Illustrious former principal conductors who have left their mark on the chorus are Eugen Jochum, Rafael Kubelik, Sir Colin Davis, Lorin Maazel

    and Mariss Jansons. The chorus’s artistic director since 2005 has been Peter Dijkstra from the Netherlands. With a stylistically diverse repertoire ranging from medieval motets to contemporary choral works, from oratorios to operas, the Bavarian Radio Chorus is renowned around the world for its breathtaking homogeneity of tone.