The transition from 2013 to 2014 went wonderfully for me. The big successes from Madrid, Shanghai, Chicago and Boston in December and January created a beautiful sequence. I have had a lot of pleasure conducting Bruckner's 9th Symphony or that of Dvorak with the excellent formations of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

In Boston my coming back to the piano with the 12th Concerto by Mozart gave me the opportunity to retrieve the beautiful sensations of the keyboard, and it was a great joy to  take back the cycle of Lieder by Schubert in Chicago with my accomplice Matthias Goerne. Together we will also play La Belle Meunière in Washington on January 27.

January has not only brought satisfaction but also the immense sadness to see disappear a great Master and friend, Claudio Abbado...

The beginning of this year is also marked by my reunion with my dear National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, who has superbly played the Symphony of the New World and the Haffner by Mozart. Together we were lucky to welcome the penomenal Martin Grubinger in the spectacular piece by Dorman : Frozen in Time.

Among the strong moments in which I invite you in this beginning of season is the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Richard Strauss which we will celebrate with the NSO in march with several concerts :

It will be a big joy to reunite with my friend Renée Fleming with a remarkable distribution in Rosenkavalier. It will also be an opportunity to revive the scenes of Salomé and Electra.

These Strauss celebrations  will go on in Europe with the prestigious Staatskapelle of Dresden, with whom I will interpret R. Strauss' knightly Don Quichotte with Gautier Capuçon.

But before I will find the two orchestras I am so familiar with and who gave me such beautiful moments : the Orchestre de Paris and the orchestra of the NDR.

The Orchestre de Paris will have a very uncommon programme. We will put in perspective three masterpieces, among which the Viola Concerto by Béla Bartók, posthumous piece by the Hungarian composer which will be interpreted by Tabea Zimmermann.

With the NDR we will perform a Tchaikovsky program and present a marvelous young talent named Christopher Park who will perform the Wanderer Fantaisy

The NDR and I are very proud to have received the Grammy Award for “Best Classical Compendium”, for our recording of Hindemith at Ondine records !

Again and to come so many wonderful moments in music, a real joy to share, with you, my friends and my audience !

I wish you a very good year !

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Christoph Eschenbach


Grammy Award

The night of January 27, 2014 Christoph Eschenbach, Midori and NDR Symphony Orchestra received for their Hindemith CD 

a GRAMMY in the Best Classical Compendium category!  

This Ondine's CD commemorates the 50th anniversary of Hindemith's death. With the Violin Concerto and Symphony Metamorphoses Eschenbach and Midori Hindemith had delighted audiences in Hamburg and Kiel at two concert evenings in October 2012.

Christoph Eschenbach and Matthias Goerne at Isaac Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall, March 5, 2014
If you are very, very lucky, you get to hear a performance every now and then that is so sublime in execution, so profound in expressive realization that it will have a place with you for the rest of your life. I felt I had one of those experiences … when baritone Matthias Goerne sang [Schubert], partnered by Christoph Eschenbach at the piano. I felt privileged to witness it" (The Baltimore Sun). Hear for yourself when the duo comes to Carnegie Hall to unleash the heartbreaking, unrelenting sadness in this Schubert song cycle.


The Celebration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Richard Strauss with NSO and Staatskapelle

Throughout the month of March we will celebrate with NSO the 150th anniversary of the birth of Richard Strauss by offering you Rosenkavalier, Salome and Electra extracts and Don Quixote and Don Juan with Staatskapelle of Dresden.

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FEBRUARY 1-8 National Symphony Orchestra Washington, DC, USA  
FEBRUARY 12-13 Orchestre de Paris Paris, France  
FEBRUARY 16 Lied Recital Baden-Baden, Germany  
FEBRUARY 20-23 NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg, Germany  
FEBRUARY 27-28 National Symphony Orchestra Washington, DC, USA  
MARCH 1 National Symphony Orchestra Washington, DC, USA  
MARCH 5 Lied Recital New York, NY, USA  
MARCH 8 National Symphony Orchestra Washington, DC, USA  
MARCH 20-22 National Symphony Orchestra Washington, DC, USA  
MARCH 30-31 Staatskapelle Dresden, Germany  

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Chicago Tribune December 2013

[...] Eschenbach had the orchestra playing with comparable commitment for both the Beethoven and Bruckner works. The solemn, massive chords that opened "Egmont" set forth the tensions that were resolved in the blazing Beethovenian drama the conductor whipped up later on [...]

Eschenbach also traveled a middle course, maintaining firm control of the overarching symphonic structure while attending closely to instrumental detail and allowing the music to breathe warmly and flexibly. His handling of transitions, always crucial to the success of any Bruckner performance, was sensitive. You heard toughness and integrity in the orchestra's playing but you also heard heart-ease and tenderness [...]

Chicago Classical Review January 2014

Matthias Goerne performed Schubert’s song cycle “Die schöne Müllerin” Sunday night at Symphony Center. [...]

Goerne and Eschenbach have recorded the Schubert cycles and performed them together around the world, yet there was not the slightest hint of routine in Sunday night’s riveting performance. The partnership between the two men was extraordinary with Eschenbach’s piano amplifying and expanding on Goerne’s vocalism in virtually symbiotic fashion [...]

As in previous collaborations, Eschenbach—who had conducted the Boston Symphony Orchestra the previous evening—was a full partner with Goerne, bringing an equally terraced array of hues and dynamic detailing to his piano playing.

Boston Classical Review January 2014

[...] Christoph Eschenbach returned to lead the Boston Symphony Orchestra in an inspired, if slightly distant, reading of the colossal work.

Eschenbach’s Bruckner is noted more for its strength of articulation than enveloping warmth. With deliberate gestures, the conductor pulled luminous sheets of sound from the orchestra.

[...] The ensemble played superbly; Mozart’s nimble lines glowed with warm blend. Eschenbach answered with a sweetened and ghostlike piano tone. One wanted a little more clarity to his touch, but the performance had its affecting moments.

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Paul Hindemith:

Konzert für Violine und Orchester (1939)

Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by C.M. von Weber (1943)

Konzertmusik für Streichorchester und Blechbläser, op. 50 (1930)

Midori, violin

NDR Symphony Orchestra

CD Ondine ODE 1214-2 

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