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Symphony No 8 (26’)
Symphony No 9 ‘Choral’ (65’)
EMMANUEL KRIVINE – Conductor
AGA MIKOLAJ – Soprano
INGEBORG DANZ – Mezzo-Soprano
MAXIMILIAN SCHMITT – Tenor
KREŠIMIR STRAŽANAC – Bass
GREGORY BATSLEER - Chorus Director
We complete our celebrations of Beethoven’s 250th birthday with his bright and optimistic Eighth Symphony, followed by his ‘Choral’ Symphony, frequently dubbed the greatest piece of all time.
Emmanuel Krivine is quite simply one of today’s finest interpreters of Beethoven. His focus on every detail in the score, delivers exhilarating performances, and by the end of the Ninth you will want to stand up and shout for joy!
Emmanuel Krivine is respected as one of the world’s most distinguished conductors whose elegant and colourful interpretations have made him a favourite with leading orchestras and soloists around the world.
A former member of Munich’s Bayerische Staatsoper, Aga Mikolaj studied with the late Dame Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and built her reputation on Mozart’s leading ladies.
The German mezzo-soprano (and contralto), Ingeborg Danz, studied school music in Detmold. After passing her state teacher's examination she studied singing with Heiner Eckels, graduating with distinction.
German tenor Maximilian Schmitt discovered his passion for music at a very early age, as a member of the Regensburg Cathedral Choir. He continued his studies with Professor Anke Eggers at Berlin’s University of the Arts and Roland Hermann.
Croatian bass-baritone, Krešimir Stražanac, was born 1983 in Croatia. He studied voice with Dunja Vejzović and art song interpretation with Cornelis Witthoefft at the State University of Music and Performing Arts in Stuttgart and privately with Jane Thorner Mengedoht and Hanns-Friedrich Kunz.