Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks - BRSO

musica viva vol. 41 – Arnulf Herrmann

BR-KLASSIK CD 900641 musica viva: Arnulf Herrmann © BR-KLASSIK Label

Drei Gesänge am offenen Fenster (Three Songs at the Open Window) for soprano and large orchestra, based on texts by Händl Klaus and Arnulf Herrmann, was commissioned by musica viva/BR. The BR-KLASSIK CD documents the live recording of its premiere on October 24, 2014 in a musica viva concert at the Herkulessaal of the Munich Residenz. The performers are Anja Petersen (soprano) and the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks conducted by Stefan Asbury.

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“Tour de Trance” for soprano and piano, on a text by Monika Rinck, was commissioned by the Musiktage Hitzacker, and premiered in 2017. This studio recording from September 19, 2022 is one of the new versions of the song cycle from the year 2022. Anja Petersen sings, with Björn Lehmann accompanying on the piano.

The new version of “Tour de Trance” for large orchestra with soprano was commissioned by musica viva/BR in 2020. The CD presents the live recording of the premiere on November 12, 2021 in a musica viva concert in the Herkulessaal. The performers are Anja Petersen (soprano) and the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks conducted by Pablo Heras-Casado.

Born in Heidelberg in 1968, Arnulf Herrmann is considered one of the most renowned German composers of contemporary music. He studied piano, music theory and composition in Munich, Dresden, Paris and Berlin, where he completed his studies in 2002. In 2003, he was entrusted with a teaching position for theory, analysis and aural training at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin; from 2004, he was the main teacher for composition there and, from 2006, also lectured on instrumentation and analysis. Since 2014, he has held the chair of composition at the Hochschule für Musik Saar.

Herrmann mainly composes ensemble and chamber music, but also pieces for orchestra and the stage. In 2012, his opera “Wasser” (“Water”) premiered at the Munich Biennale; excerpts from it had already been heard in 2011 as part of the Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik. In 2017, his opera “Der Mieter” (“The Tenant”) premiered with great success at the Frankfurt Opera, which had commissioned the work. Numerous international contemporary music ensembles perform his works at music festivals such as the Donaueschinger Musiktage, the Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik, and Wien Modern.


Drei Gesänge am offenen Fenster
for soprano and large orchestra [2014]
world premiere

Tour de Trance
for soprano and piano [2017 / 2022]
new version of 2022

Tour de Trance 
for orchestra with soprano [2020]
world premiere

Anja Petersen soprano
Björn Lehmann piano

Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
Stefan Asbury, Pablo Heras-Casado conductors

Release date: January 20, 2023