By Ben Mattison
From PlaybillArts.com - 12 May 2006
The Berlin Philharmonic's 2006-07 season will include the world premieres of works by Thomas Adès, Marc-André Dalbavie, and Pascal Dusapin, the orchestra announced. The season opens on August 26; it includes a total of 99 performances in Berlin, of which 42 will be led by music director Simon Rattle, as well as 37 concerts on tour.
Ades' Tevót, which was co-commissioned by the Philharmonic and Carnegie Hall, will debut on a tour in February 2007. Dalbavie's new work for flute and orchestra will be premiered by Emmanuel Pahud and conductor David Zinman in October; Dusapin's new work will be heard at the 2007 Aix-en-Provence Festival.
The season will also include performances of John Adams' one-act opera A Flowering Tree, which was co-commissioned with a group of arts organizations around the world and will get its first performance in Vienna in November. Music director Simon Rattle will conduct; the cast includes soprano Hyunah Yu, tenor Russel Thomas, and bass Eric Owens.
Other highlights include a celebration of composer Hans Werner Henze's 80th birthday, to include a performance of his Raft of the Medusa, and performances of Brahms' German Requiem, Ligeti's Requiem, Bartók's Cantata Profana, and Dutilleux's Correspondances with Dawn Upshaw. Pierre-Laurent Aimard will serve as pianist in residence, appearing solo, chamber, and orchestral concerts, among other events.
Guest conductors include Claudio Abbado, Pierre Boulez, William Christie, Zubin Mehta, Seiji Ozawa. Soloists include pianists Martha Argerich, Barenboim, and Lang Lang; violinists Gidon Kremer and Frank Peter Zimmermann; and singers David Daniels, Simon Keenlyside, Angelika Kirschlager, René Pape, and Thomas Quasthoff.
The season will also include visits from the Vienna Philharmonic, Daniel Barenbom's West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, and the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie,
The season also marks the arrival of the Philharmonic's new Intendant, former San Francisco Opera director Pamela Rosenberg. She takes over planning duties starting with the 2007-08 season.