World Premiere – Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s cantata “Ode to Joy” will resound for the first time together with Beethoven's 9th symphony

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World Premiere – Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s cantata “Ode to Joy” will resound for the first time together with Beethoven's 9th symphony
On the German Unity Day, Thomas Sanderling and the Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra brings the courageous early work by the famous Russian composer to Peenemünde.

Seaside Resort Ahlbeck, October 2, 2012
Press Release

On October 3, the German Unity Day, the 19th Usedom Music Festival presents the first German performance of the cantata  »K Radosti« (Ode to Joy) by Pyotr Tchaikovsky together with Beethoven's 9th Symphony. The pieces will be performed in the historic Army Research Center in Peenemünde by the Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra (Orchestra in Residence at the 19th Usedom Music Festival) under the direction of Thomas Sanderling together with the Rundfunkchor Berlin and the NDR Choir. Soloists are Maria Bulgakova (Soprano), Marina Prudenskaja (Mezzo-soprano), Steve Davislim (Tenor), and Dimitry Ivashchenko (Bass) – a sign of peace. The Usedom Music Festival is the largest festival in Germany with focus on Russian Music related to the "Russia Year" in germany. The Usedom Music Festival is dedicated to the musical connections between Russia and Germany.

According to the International Tchaikovsky Society, there has been no documented performance of the half-hour long cantata with full-scale orchestra together with the 9th Symphony. According to Professor Dr. Thomas Kohlhase, Chairman of the Academic Council of the International Tchaikovsky Society, this is why both musical versions of the famous ode by Friedrich Schiller would represent a particular occasion. He also emphasized that this early work documents, among other things, the 25-year-old student’s »technical ability« to compose and could be taken as evidence of his courage to compose under the pressure of the Beethoven cult of his time. Tchaikovsky himself was also aware of this when he wrote: Beethoven assumes »a place in my heart […] like the Lord God« (quoted from Kohlhase, in: International Tchaikovsky Society. Mitteilungen 12 [1995]). According to Kohlhase, the piece absolutely had to be finished by the young composer as a prerequisite to the examination with his teacher Anton Rubinstein at the St. Petersburg Conservatory. Here he was not allowed to choose the text or the genre. That is why he strictly opposed the publication of this piece.

Thomas Sanderling and his orchestra resist the ban issued by the great Russian composer, master of beloved operas, ballets, symphonies, and concerts. They present the young Pyotr Tchaikovsky as extremely courageous and talented young composer.

Thomas Sanderling is a profound authority on Russian music. After the composer Dmitri Shostakovich heard the director with the Russian State Orchestra, he asked Sanderling to direct the German premieres of his 13th and 14th Symphony. In addition, the son of the already deceased internationally honored director, Kurt Sanderling, recorded numerous pieces on CDs and receive the highest international honors. With his wide-ranging guest performances he directed, among other things, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the London Philharmonic, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Moscow Philharmonic (Memorial concert for David Oistrach), and the Tchaikovsky Radio Symphony Orchestra in Moscow as well as international concert tours.

Thomas Sanderling will bring the first Orchestra in Residence at the Usedom Music Festival to Germany from Siberia – the Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra. It is considered one of the most important orchestras in Russia with an impressive list of guest performances world-wide and internationally famous directors and soloists.

19. Usedomer Musikfestival
September 15 – October 7, 2012
Alexander Datz
Media and Public Relations
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