Saturday 27.7

16.00 – VERDO Concert Hall
Sarah Maria Sun – Soprano
Kuss Quartet – String quartet
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Opening Concert with works by Kirchner, Reimann and Schönberg

Breezes from the planets beyond! Could anything be more appropriate for the opening of a “…boundless…” chamber music festival? As the Kuss Quartet interprets it, Arnold Schönberg’s opus 10, embodying as it does the transition from the tonal music of the 19th century to the atonal music of 20th century Modernism, corresponds to Aribert Reimann, composer-in-residence in Hitzacker in 1988. His transformation of Kirchner’s song cycle on texts by Heinrich Heine appears to be reflected in the intermezzi of the bagatelles. Aribert Reimann will be attending the opening concert.

19.07 – VERDO in the garden area (admission free)
Seven Past Seven: Festival Introduction ... boundless ... and more, featuring Aribert Reimann

20.00 – VERDO Concert Hall
Steven Issleris – Cello
Connie Shih – Piano
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Works by Bach, Kurtág, Schumann and Adès

The British cellist Steven Isserlis, a descendant of Felix Mendelssohn and grandson of the Russian composer Justus Isserlis, enjoys a great reputation as a „genius of the cantabile" and ensemble performer. His greatest passion is Robert Schumann. Beginning with his own arrangement of Schumann’s late second violin sonata in D Minor op. 121, he is joined by the Canadian pianist Connie Shih to look back at a Bach gamba sonata and forward to contemporary works by György Kurtág and Thomas Adès.

22.10 – St. Johannis-Kirche Hitzacker (Elbe)
Kuss Quartett – String quartet
Emmanuel Hovhannisyan – Duduk
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Ten Past Ten: Caucasian Miniatures