Shadows of recollection
As the painter Philipp Otto Runge once remarked: »We must become children if we want to achieve our very best«. Berg’s Violin Concerto and Mahler’s Fourth Symphony point in this direction. Berg wrote his piece »in remembrance of an angel«, recalling the death of Manon Gropius, the daughter of Alma Mahler. And a childish sensibility can be heard at times in the Mahler symphony. The fourth movement, originally intended to close the Third Symphony, was entitled: »What the child tells me.«
Expected running time incl. intermission: 110 min.
Isabelle Faust captivates her listeners through her insightful and faithful interpretations, based on a thorough knowledge of the historical context of the works as well as her attention to current scholarship.
At an early age, Isabelle Faust won the prestigious Leopold Mozart and Paganini competitions and was soon invited to appear with the world's leading orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo, the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. 2016 marks her first year as Artistic Partner for the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.
Isabelle Faust performs a wide-ranging repertoire, from Johann Sebastian Bach all the way through to contemporary composers such as György Ligeti, Helmut Lachenmann and Jörg Widmann. To highlight this versatility, in addition to her mastery of the great symphonic violin concertos, Isabelle Faust also performs works such as Kurtág's »Kafka Fragments« with the soprano Anna Prohaska, or Schubert’s octet on historical instruments. She will premiere several new works for violin and orchestra during the next seasons, including concerti by the composers Ondrej Adamek, Marco Stroppa, Oscar Strasnoy and Beat Furrer.
Over the course of her career, Isabelle Faust has regularly performed or recorded with world-renowned conductors including John Eliot Gardiner, Philippe Herreweghe, Daniel Harding, Bernard Haitink and Andris Nelsons. During recent years Isabelle Faust developed a close relationship with the late Claudio Abbado and performed and recorded under his baton.
Faust has recorded many discs for harmonia mundi with her recital partner Alexander Melnikov. These include their latest album with the Brahms Sonatas for violin and piano, as well as Schumann’s piano trios. Both, her recording of Mozart’s violin concerti with Il Giardino Armonico and Giovanni Antonini, as well as Bach’s harpsichord sonatas with Kristian Bezuidenhout were released in 2016/2017.
Rising Swiss soprano Regula Mühlemann, »a soprano with a crystal-clear tone you could pour over ice and drink« (The Guardian), was raised in Lucerne where she studied at the Conservatory of Lucerne with Barbara Locher.
Regula kicked off the 2016/2017 season with concerts with the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra. Later in the season she can amongst others be heard in concert in the US with Chicago Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Manfred Honeck. Further highlights of this season included her debut with the Staatskapelle Dresden at ZDF´s Advent Concert in Dresden´s famous Frauenkirche, her debut at Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome with Schumann´s »Das Paradis und die Peri« and Daniele Gatti conducting, as well as singing Servilia in Mozart´s »La clemenza di Tito« in concert alongside Joyce di Donato and Sonya Yoncheva in Baden-Baden.
Regula Mühlemann is a sought-after concert singer. She has already performed in Germany, Switzerland and Italy. As a regular guest at Lucerne Festival she has amongst others performed Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks. Regula Mühlemann works with renowned conductors such as Nello Santi, Sir Simon Rattle, Daniel Harding, Enoch zu Guttenberg, Pablo Heras-Casado, Ivor Bolton, and Howard Arman.
Regula made her movie debut singing Ännchen in the feature film »Hunter’s Bride«. The critically acclaimed movie was directed by Jens Neubert and featured Daniel Harding conducting the London Symphony Orchestra. She was hailed by the critics; the Neue Zürcher Zeitung called her a »first class discovery«. Regula made her next movie appearance starring alongside Bejun Mehta in an exciting new movie production of Gluck’s »Orfeo«, which was shot on location in Prague.