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Egon Wellesz, Symphony No 1 (1945), México City, March 2018

Egon Wellesz, Symphony No 1 (1945), México City, March 2018

On 18 March 1938, Méxi­co filed a for­mal pro­test note to the League of Nati­ons in Gene­va to pro­test — as sole coun­try — against the “Anschluss”, the annexa­ti­on of Aus­tria into Nazi Ger­ma­ny on 12 March 1938. On March 10 and 11, 2018, Jörg Bir­han­ce will con­duct a sym­pho­nic con­cert with the Orques­ta filar­mó­ni­ca de la Ciu­dad de Méxi­co, com­me­mo­ra­ting 80 years of both the Anschluss and the noble-hear­­ted act of Méxi­co. The pro­gram inclu­des the Mexi­can first per­for­mance of Sym­pho­ny No 1 by Egon Wel­lesz (1885–1974), who­se exi­le had begun exact­ly on 12 March 1938, as rep­re­sen­ta­ti­ve of the Aus­tri­an exi­led com­po­sers. Fur­t­her, he will con­duct the ori­gi­nal […]

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Egon Wellesz "Prosperos Beschwörungen", Lemberg/Lviv, March 4, 2016

Egon Wellesz "Prosperos Beschwörungen", Lemberg/Lviv, March 4, 2016

After octo­ber 2015’s per­for­mance of the 1st sym­pho­ny, the next con­cert with an opus magnum of Egon Wel­lesz, con­duc­ted by Jörg Bir­han­ce, is going to take place: on March 4, 2016, “Pros­pe­ros Beschwö­run­gen” (Pros­pe­ros Incan­ta­ti­ons), five sym­pho­nic pie­ces, after Shake­speare “The Tem­pest” (1934–1936), with Lviv Phil­har­mo­nic Orches­tra in Lviv Con­cert Hall — the pie­ce which saved Egon Wel­lesz from Nazi per­se­cu­ti­on. Bru­no Wal­ter first per­for­med it in Vien­na in Febru­ary 1938 and asked Dr. Men­gel­berg, the direc­tor of Con­cert­ge­bouw Ams­ter­dam, if he could con­duct Pros­pe­ro ins­te­ad of “Tod und Ver­klä­rung” by Richard Strauss. Dr. Men­gel­berg invi­ted him to do so, and Bru­no Wal­ter and Egon Wel­lesz went to Ams­ter­dam. The […]

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