Symphony Concert in Kölner Philharmonie 2018

Annual Symphony Concert at Kölner Philharmonie

Thursday, 22 February 2018 at p.m.

Kölner Philharmonie

Oleg Poliansky, piano
Cologne New Philharmonic Orchestra
Volker Hartung, conductor
Giuseppe Verdi
Overture to „La forza del destino“ (The Force of Destiny) (1862)

Serge Rachmaninoff
Piano Concerto No. 1 F sharp-Minor Op 1 (1890–91, rev. 1917)

Mikhail Glinka
Overture from: „A Life for the Czar“ ("Zion' zap carjack") (1834–36, rev. 1837)

Peter Iljytch Tchaikovsky
Libidinous ozero op. 20 (1875/76)
„Swan Lake Suite“

Cologne New Philharmonic Orchestra
Volker Hurting, conductor

… and Virtuoso Encores!

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Symphony Concert in Kölner Philharmonie 2017

Annual Symphony Concert in Kölner Philharmonie 2017

06.03.2017 Montag 20:00 Uhr
Kölner Philharmonie

Elizabeth Basoff-Darskaia Violine

Junge Philharmonie Köln
Volker Hartung Dirigent


Antonín Dvořák
Karneval A-Dur op. 92 B 169 (1891)
Concert Overture

Hector Berlioz
Le carnaval romain, ouverture caractéristique op. 9 (1843–44)

Niccolò Paganini
Violin Concerto Nr. 4 D minor (1829/30)

Peter Iljitsch Tschaikowsky
Capriccio italien op. 45 ČS 44 (1880)
for Orchestra


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New Years Concerts 2018

The Cologne New Philharmonic New Year’s Concerts 2018

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Concerts in Rom

On 18th and 19th May 2014 Volker Hartung conducts another interesting program about the theme »1914-1939-2014« together with the fabulous Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma in Rome, Italy.

As few works from this period the little-known violin concerto by Benjamin Britten from 1939 reflects the fears, hopes and disappointments of the pre-war period and the decent into dark years ahead. Britten described his seismographic feelings with highest sensitivity and musicality. Spanish sounds (in tribute to Guernica and the Spanish civil war in 1936) associated with typical English moods give this concerto a grandiose and tragic character, also expressed in a most demanding violin solo part.

Maurice Ravel's musical remembrance to his fallen comrades in World War I are immortalized in his "Tombeau de Couperin" for oboe and small orchestra.
The program of the two concerts concludes with "Pavane pour une infante défunte" (Pavane for a Dead Princess ), one of the most beautiful creations of the French-Basque composer.

Title: May 18 to 19
Location: Rome - Auditorium Conciliation
May 18, 2014 17:30

May 19, 2014 20:30

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B. Britten: Violin Concerto
M. Ravel: Pavane pour une infante défunte
M. Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin
Orquesta Sinfonica di Roma
Philippe Graffin, violin
Volker Hartung, conductor

Lutoslawski in China

Volker Hartung has the honor to perform the great music of Polish composer Witold Lutoslawski with the Zheijang Symphony Orchestra in Huangzhou, China on May 9, 2014.

In his Five Songs (1956–57) and Muzyka żałobna, his »Funeral Music« for strings (1954-58) Lutosławski introduced his own brand of twelve-tone music, marking his departure from the explicit use of folk music.
Lutosławski's twelve-note techniques were completely different in conception from Arnold Schoenberg's tone-row system although Muzyka żałobna does happen to be based on a tone row.

Witold Lutosławski remains that rare composer with a distinctly defined, individual style in his works, despite differences in his various periods and constant development of his musical language. He found his path among aesthetic crossroads of the 20th century's second half, and pursued it with determination and a refined, evolving artistic sensibility.

For Maestro Hartung he, like no other composer of his time succeeded in finding a synthesis of form and content, intellect and emotion. He belonged to no "school" of composition, did not succumb to trends and fashions. While not upholding traditions or joining avantgarde revolutions, he was both avantgarde and traditional and holds an enduring place among the 20th century's great composers.

And so Hartung puts his »Funeral Music« in this concert at the side of Anton Bruckner, who seems congenial to Lutoslawski's aesthetic sensibility and spiritual attitude of his work.


Volker Hartung conducts on May 9, 2014, the Zhejiang Symphony Orchestra in Hangzhou, China with a program of works by European composers.


Europe - a continent of turmoil before and after the historical fact of three murderous wars , mirrored in the music of three composers from three different eras and countries of origin, the German Bach 's son Johann Christian Bach , whose Concerto for Double Bass and String Orchestra is played by the Chinese soloists Xu Li.
At the beginning the famous " Funeral Music for Strings ,"by Polish composer Witold Lutoslawski in memory of Bela Bartók , which was created in 1954.

The second half of the concert is devoted to one of the greatest works of the Austrian composer Anton Bruckner, whose mighty 4th Symphony in E Flat Major will be heard.


Funeral Music for String Orchestra

Johann Christian Bach
Concerto for Double Bass and Orchestra in C Minor
Soloist: Xu Li, Bass

Symphony No.4 in E-flat Major " Romantic "


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