Super September for Daniel Harding

Following a busy summer at festivals all across Europe, Daniel Harding kicks off his 2019/20 season with an exceptional month of music-making with five different ensembles.

Finishing August in Amsterdam, September will see Daniel on the podium in Pisa, Berlin, Vienna and Munich, before beginning October in Milan with the Filarmonica della Scala.

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Tonight, at the Lucerne Festival, Daniel will lead the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in a concert performance of Tristan und Isolde Act II with soloists Stuart Skelton, Christine Goerke, Matthias Goerne and Claudio Mahnke.

Of the same programme at the Concertgebouw last Saturday, one reviewer said: “In a bewitchingly overwhelming, sonorous interpretation of the score by Daniel Harding and the Concertgebouw Orchestra, the night of love turned into the intoxicating ecstasy of two tragic lovers, whose spell one could not escape.” Translated from Bachtrack

Anima Mundi Festival

Launching his second season as Artistic Director at the Anima Mundi Festival in Pisa, Daniel conducts his Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Choir in an opening performance of Brahms Requiem this weekend, alongside baritone Mark Stone and soprano Hanna Husahr.

The festival itself then continues until 20 September, with concerts in both the Cathedral and the Camposanto. Highlights include a solo recital by Kristian Bezuidenhout, a programme of Handel, Fago and Vivaldi with Trevor Pinnock and The English Concert, and solo Bach with Isabelle Faust.

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Berlin, Vienna & Munich

The following three weeks will see Daniel collaborate with the Berliner Philharmoniker, and open the 2019/20 seasons for both the Vienna Philharmonic and Symponieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks.

In Berlin, Daniel conducts three performances of Berlioz’s Roméo et Juliette as part of the city’s Musikfest. Tenor Andrew Staples will join fellow soloists Kate Lindsey and Shenyang, alongside the Rundfunkchor Berlin. The third performance, on Saturday 14 September, will be broadcast live on the Berlin Phil’s Digital Concert Hall.

Just six days later in Austria, Daniel opens the Vienna Philharmonic’s 2019/20 season with Sibelius and Mahler symphonies at both the Wiener Konzerthaus and Musikverein. Soprano Christiane Karg will join Daniel and the orchestra for Mahler, giving a total of four concerts across the week.

Then, on 26 September, Daniel opens the Symponieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks’ new season with three more performances of Mahler; Symphony No. 2 with mezzo-soprano Okka von der Damerau and soprano Hanna-Elisabeth Müller. The performance on 27 September will be broadcast live on BR-Klassik, and streamed live on BR-Klassik Concert.

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