Magdalena Kožená embarks on chamber music tour with Simon Rattle and friends

Magdalena Kožená embarks on a chamber music tour this month with six concerts throughout Europe. She begins this exciting new project in her home country of the Czech Republic with a concert in the Rudolfinum on 19 January, especially fitting as the programme includes works by some of the great Czech composers.

In an interview last year Magdalena Kožená commented, “There will be a set of Dvorák songs that will have been arranged for the ensemble especially for the occasion, by the English composer and conductor Duncan Ward. So, I’m very much looking forward to having those new arrangements. We’re also doing Janáček’s ‘Říkadla’ in an arrangement I found for voice, piano and clarinet, which is something of a rarity. Everybody knows ‘Říkadla’ in its final choral version, but Janáček’s first sketches are for clarinet and piano. They’re almost never performed.”

The tour continues with performances at the Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg (22 January), the Alte Oper, Frankfurt (25 January), the Philharmonie, Luxembourg (27 January) and the Wigmore Hall, London (29 January) where she is Artist in Residence in all venues for the 15/16 season. The tour comes to an end at her new ‘home’ city in Berlin on 9 February at the Philharmonie.

Magdalena is joined on her tour by Simon Rattle, this time as pianist in the chamber music group alongside fellow Berliner Philharmoniker musicians Daishin Kashimoto (violin) and Amihai Grosz (viola). The remainder of the ensemble include Rahel Rilling (violin) Dávid Adorján (‘cello), Kaspar Zehnder (flute) and Andrew Marriner (clarinet).

Magdalena says of the tour: “It’s fantastic to do something like this, because for a singer to get together with a chamber group is becoming harder and harder to do.” We wish her all the best!

Read the full interview here, and find out more about the tour here.

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