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FEBRUARY 2010

Martinu's Piano Concertos: Editor's Choice of Gramophone Magazine

We are delighted to announce that the recent Naxos recording of Martinu's Piano Concertos has been awarded an Editor's Choice in the March 2010 issue of Gramophone Magazine. The three works for piano and orchestra on the awarded disc span twenty years of the Czech composer's peripatetic career, from the Concertino to the Third and Fifth Piano Concertos.

Martinù was one of Czechoslovakia's most prolific and varied composer with an impressive list of orchestral compositions including six symphonies and five piano concertos.

DECEMBER 2009

Arthur Fagen conducted the Richmond Symphony Orchestra with a program including Cesar Franck’s  Symphony in D minor and Beethoven’s Egmont Overture. Mr. Fagen was joined by soloist Yang Wei for a work by composer Bright Sheng, ‘Nanking! Nanking’, a Threnody for Orchestra and Pipa. Soon after, he flew to Italy where he conducted the Orchestra Sinfonica di Sanremo on November 22, joined by pianist Benedetto Lupo in Mozart’s Piano Concerto K. 448. The program prepared for the Sanremo Symphony was part of a Haydn cycle and included Haydn’s Symphony nr. 84 in E-Flat Major of the so-called Paris Symphonies. Mr. Fagen opened the evening with Beethoven’s Prometheus Overture op. 43. Both concerts earned enthusiastic reviews.

NOVEMBER 2009

Mr. Fagen is currently conducting the Richmond Symphony Orchestra with a program including Cesar Franck’s  Symphony in D minor, Beethoven’s Egmont Overture , and ‘Nanking! Nanking’, a Threnody for Orchestra and Pipa, - a four-stringed Chinese instrument ( often referred to as the Chinese lute) - by composer Bright Sheng. On November 22 he will conduct the Orchestra Sinfonica di Sanremo, joined by pianist Benedetto Lupo in Mozart’s Piano Concerto K. 448. The program  includes Haydn’s Symphony nr. 84 in E-Flat Major of the so-called Paris Symphonies. Mr. Fagen will open the evening with Beethoven’s Prometheus Overture op. 43.

More information at:

www.richmondsymphony.com
www.sinfonicasanremo.it

OCTOBER 2009

Arthur Fagen conducted the Orchester Musikkollegium Winterthur,  the oldest Orchestra in Switzerland, conducted in the past by Hermann Scherchen and Wilhelm Furtwängler and connected with composers like Richard Strauss, Igor Stravinsky and Anton Webern. Mr. Fagen performed the second version - rarely performed – of Mendelssohn’s Symphony n. 4 (Italian), edited in 1833/1834, and Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto Op. 64, joined by soloist Sergej Krilov, as well as a première of Sommernachts-(tag)-Traum by Swiss composer Rolf Urs Ringger. The critics have been very enthusiastic ( please see reviews ).

 

SEPTEMBER 2009

Mr. Fagen returned to South America last month to conduct for the second time this year the  Orquesta Filarmonica de Bogota performing works by Elgar, Liadoff and Prokofiev.  Soon after Mr. Fagen appeared at the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival conducting the NDR Radiophilharmonie Orchestra in an homage to jazz clarinetist Benny Goodman with soloists Sabine and Wolfgang Meyer. The first week of September he has been invited to lead the Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano and Trento on the last concert of the Busoni International Piano Competition in Bolzano. 

AUGUST 2009

This month Arthur Fagen returns to South America to conduct the  Orquesta Filarmonica de Bogota after his successful appearance in Colombia last May, in two concerts on 14 and 15 of August performing works by Elgar, Liadoff and Prokofiev.  Soon after Mr. Fagen appears at the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival conducting the NDR Radiophilharmonie Orchestra on August 20 and 21. The program is an hommage to jazz clarinetist Benny Goodman. Gershwin’s An American in Paris will open the evening, and soloists Sabine and Wolfgang Meyer will join Mr. Fagen in a program including Arnold’s and Copland’s Clarinet Concertos.


More information at:
www.arthurfagen.com
www.shmf.de

JUNE 2009

ARTHUR FAGEN has concluded the recording for Naxos of complete piano concertos by Bohuslav Martinu

The last week of May Mr. Fagen concluded the recording of the complete piano concertos by Bohuslav Martinu, to be released in Autumn. Arthur Fagen is currently in Poland, conducting the Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra. Program includes Respighi’s Fontane e Pini di Roma, and Paganini’s Violin Concerto Op. 6 with soloist Janusz Wawrowski.

More information at:
Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra, June 12 & 13, 2009
www.filharmonia.krakow.pl

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