Fri 18. August
20.00 h Schloss Augustusburg Prices C: 47 / 37 / 32 / 23 / 14 / 9 €


New Ways, Old Acquaintances

Kristian Bezuidenhout (fortepiano)
Capella Augustina
Andreas Spering

The Haydn-Festival puts forth two innovations on opening night: first, we have invited an artist to present himself over the course of three evenings. In Brühl, he is an old acquaintance and an audience favorite: Kristian Bezuidenhout – born in 1979 in South Africa, raised in Australia, educated in New York (among other places) and today based in England – is Artist-in-residence at the 2017 Haydn-Festival. The name Bezuidenhout recalls the German word “Bescheidenheit,“ or modesty, and this is reflected in the kind and unpretentious way he carries himself in conversation. As a musician, however, his talent is far from modest. Kristian Bezuidenhout is an excellent interpretor of historical keyboard instruments, particularly on the fortepiano, an instrument few today can make sing quite like he does. Accompanied by Capella Augustina, he will begin with Mozart’s last piano concerto. Next is Haydn’s “Oxford Symphony“ and – innovation number two – a world premiere: we will award a total of ten commissioned compositions over the next years, each an orchestral piece that grapples with the work of Joseph Haydn. The Cologne composer Wilfried Maria Danner, who at one point apprenticed with Henze, Ligeti, Messiaen and Berio, will present the first work in this series.

Wilfried Maria Danner (*1956)
“DJ Joseph…“, fantasia for small orchestra
World premiere – Commissioned composition from the Haydn-Festival

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791)
Piano Concerto No. 27 B major KV 595 for piano and orchestra

Joseph Haydn (1732–1809)
Symphony No. 92 in G major Hob. I:92 “Oxford“


Schloss Augustusburg
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