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Andreas Haefliger signs with BIS Records

26 September 2017

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BIS Records has announced the start of an important new collaboration with the internationally renowned pianist Andreas Haefliger. An artist about whom the Washington Post wrote, "Each keystroke is a poetic act," Haefliger has for the last thirty years performed with leading orchestras worldwide and as a cherished recitalist at prestigious venues such as the Edinburgh and Luzern Festivals, the Wigmore Hall and the Vienna Konzerthaus.


The first disc, to be released in spring 2018, will be ‘Perspectives 7’, the latest in Haefliger’s series of very personal programme constellations that each take a Beethoven sonata as their point of departure and development.


This generously-filled disc features Berg’s Piano Sonata, Op.1, Liszt’s Légende No.1 ‘St François d'Assise: La prédication aux oiseaux’, Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No.28 in A major, Op.101 and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. The programme replicates the concert that Haefliger gave to great public and press acclaim at this year’s Edinburgh International Festival:


”Inspiringly commanding, thoughtful, lucid and sheerly beautiful. Haefliger the thinker is also the pianist who held this audience enthralled”
Herald


”Haefliger’s genius is in that gap between keyboard and mind...”
Scotsman


The first 6 volumes in the Perspectives series were released by Avie Records.
Future recording plans with BIS will include the continuation of the Perspectives series, solo recital discs of other repertoire, and concerto recordings with major international conductors and orchestras.
BIS President Robert von Bahr writes:


"When I founded BIS some almost 45 years ago, Andreas Haefliger wasn’t even a teenager. Then we each have developed in parallel to becoming a top choice in our respective professions. It is therefore with some considerable pride that we now can announce that our paths will merge, always going in the same direction – to even greater artistic heights. Welcome to the BIS gang, Mr. Haefliger!"


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2017 marked another highly successful summer for Intermusica's artists, who gave critically acclaimed performances at festivals all over Europe. Read a small selection of reviews below.


Brett Dean's Hamlet received its world premiere at Glyndebourne in June and was greeted with universal acclaim. The Sunday Times called it "the operatic event of the year", while in a five star review the Times wrote that “Dean’s skill at creating a supercharged orchestral subtext to each scene is matched by his immense theatricality. Quite apart from his unerring pacing of the story, he also creates at least a dozen moments where sheer sonority alone sends shivers up the spine… The overall impression is of a richly imaginative composer at the top of his game.”


Lise Davidsen made a critically acclaimed UK operatic debut in the title role of Ariadne auf Naxos at Glyndebourne Festival Opera in June. Described as possessing "one of the greatest voices I have ever head" by the Observer, Davidsen's debut was described as "one of those 'I was there' moments" by the Times.


Joshua Weilerstein made an "auspicious" debut at the Proms on 19 July, conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra and his sister Alisa Weilerstein in a programme of Rebel, Berlioz and Pascal Dusapin. Classical Source praised his "admirably prepared and presented" Symphonie fantastique.


Nicholas Collon and his Aurora Orchestra returned to the Proms to perform another symphony from memory on 22 July. This time, they performed Beethoven Symphony No.3 ‘Eroica’, preceded by Strauss Metamorphosen. The Times called it “gripping stuff… an astonishing feat of concentration. With Nicholas Collon favouring speeds ranging from zippy to hair-raising, there was virtuosity all around the band too…an impassioned account of Strauss’s desolate but gorgeous Metamorphosen.”


The Pavel Haas Quartet made a stellar return to the Verbier Festival on 22 July, with Bachtrack praising the quartet for their "old-fashioned virtues of watchfulness, aural alertness and intense concentration... From the micro-perfection of its opening chord to an ethereally feathered final note, this was an Allegro con brio of unfolding joys."


Michel van der Aa was the Composer in Residence at this year's Lucerne Festival, with his works performed throughout the festival. The Luzerner Zeitung praised his "easy handling of current technological possiblities", while the Neue Zurcher Zeitung wrote that his "music theatre of beguiling opulence... might offer a view of the future of opera".


Mark Wigglesworth was joined by pianist Stephen Hough and the BBC Philharmonic at the Royal Albert Hall on 29 July to perform Brahms Piano Concerto No.1, David Sawyer The Greatest Happiness on Earth and Haydn Symphony No.99. The Sunday Times claimed that Wigglesworth demonstrated "the most authoritative conducting, instantly masterly, I’ve witnessed so far at these Proms, Bernard Haitink’s appearance apart. And Wigglesworth seems close to Haitink’s level... One knew all would be right about this account because Wigglesworth’s intensity was unanswerable.”


Sir John Eliot Gardiner had a busy summer, performing twice at the Proms as well as continuing the Monteverdi Trilogy tour at the Salzburg, Edinburgh and Berlin festivals. His Proms performance of Berlioz La damnation de Faust with the Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique was described as "thrilling" by the Observer in a five star review, while the Salzburger Nachrichten praised the Monteverdi Trilogy performances at the Salzburg Festival: "The harmony and the symbiotic relationship of the performers and their conductor has reached a degree of perfection, which shows style, form awareness and playful freedom."


John Wilson gave two performances at the BBC Proms this year, with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and his John Wilson Orchestra. This year, Wilson led the JWO in two critically acclaimed performances of Rogers & Hammerstein Oklahoma! on 11 August: "no conductor appreciates the importance of an orchestration’s inner voices like Wilson, or is more adept at caressing a countermelody without letting it get in the way." (Spectator)


Andreas Haefliger returned to the Edinburgh International Festival this year, giving an "inspiringly commanding" solo recital in August: "Haefliger the thinker is also the pianist who held this audience enthralled until they leapt to their feet at the end, cheering." (Herald Scotland)


Also in Edinburgh, Richard Egarr led Iestyn Davies and the Academy of Ancient Music in two performances of Bach and Telemann. The Scotsman praised the performances, which were "delivered with a style and panache that lifted the notes clean off the page with their precisely pointed rhythms."


Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Beyond the Score® was presented at the Proms on 23 August in “an excellent evening of innovation” (Bachtrack), with a a multi-media exploration of the symphony directed by Beyond the Score founder Gerard McBurney presented alongside a performance of Dvorák Symphony No.9 ‘From the New World’ from the Hallé Orchestra and Sir Mark Elder.  


Leonidas Kavakos reunited with Riccardo Chailly on 25 August, as Intermusica brought the conductor and his Filarmonica della Scala to the Proms to perform Brahms and Respighi. Kavakos performed the Brahms Violin Concerto, a performance which was praised for the "the way he made the music breathe and sing in lyrical, expansive paragraphs while remaining continuously alert both to subtleties of meaning and absolute directness of expression." (Guardian)


Kirill Gerstein continued his partnership with Semyon Bychkov on 31 August, joining the conductor and the BBC Symphony Orchestra to perform Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.1:
"[Gerstein] delivered the slow movement with improvisatory freedom and dazzled with crystalline virtuosity in the finale." (Daily Telegraph)

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Listen again to Andreas Haefliger’s “bewitching” Edinburgh Festival Recital

08 September 2017

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Listen again on BBC Radio 3

Andreas Haefliger's hugely successful Queen's Hall recital from this year's Edinburgh International Festival is available to listen to on BBC Radio 3 until 13 September. 


Berg Piano Sonata
Liszt Legend No.1, 'St. Francis of Assisi's sermon to the birds'
Beethoven Piano Sonata in A major, Op.101
Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition*


*Also available to listen to via Andreas Haefliger's Intermusica profile


The press noted:


"Minutes after coming on-stage, Andreas Haefliger bewitched his Queen’s Hall audience with a lucid, exquisite take on Berg’s rapturous Op.1 Sonata. Stimulating ideas abounded here... he gave an utterly wonderful performance of Pictures at an Exhibition… a big sound, but knows how to be thunderous not clangorous, a vital skill in Mussorgsky’s ever grander closing bars. Inspiringly commanding, thoughtful, lucid and sheerly beautiful. Haefliger the thinker is also the pianist who held this audience enthralled until they leapt to their feet at the end, cheering."
Herald, August 2017


"Haefliger’s genius is in that gap between keyboard and mind… lingering on the ethereal, pushing the sustain pedal to the limits, creating an evocative sound drifting between here and eternity. The birds of Liszt’s St Francois D’Assise twittered dazzlingly under Haefliger’s fingers as his sermonising St Francois reached out to them, intoned against the brilliance of Liszt’s imagination. Beethoven’s innovations appear[ed] fresh in the pianist’s workings. Mussorgsky’s Pictures At An Exhibition were superb. Haefliger’s playing was so inspiring it sent me straight off to the music shop to hunt down the score."
Scotsman, August 2017


Watch out for Andreas Haefliger’s brand new website, due to be launched in late September.

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Andreas Haefliger returns to the Edinburgh International Festival

01 August 2017

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Andreas Haefliger returns to the Edinburgh International Festival on 15 August 2017 for a solo recital at The Queen’s Hall. Broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, the programme features works by Berg, Liszt and Beethoven and concludes with Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition. Haefliger is a celebrated Beethoven interpreter, receiving considerable acclaim for his unique renditions of the Sonatas over the years:


"A grandly rhetorical performance (of Beethoven’s Hammerklavier Sonata), which threw caution to the winds…a great artist like Haefliger “contains multitudes,” and will show different aspects of himself at different times…the immense slow movement was beautifully shaped, and this success filled Haefliger’s sails, carrying him in triumph through the huge and hugely difficult final fugue…"
Daily Telegraph


“Andreas Haefliger is a musician who brings a boundary-breaking completeness to his recitals…his playing has a humanity and inner logic that you feel Beethoven would have recognised – that, and a sense of externalising for the audience music that has been lived with intensity….”
Classical Source

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Andreas Haefliger & Richard Egarr: solo recitals at Edinburgh International Festival

31 July 2017

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Andreas Haefliger and Richard Egarr return to the Edinburgh International Festival to perform solo recitals on 15 and 17 August 2017. 


Haefliger's, on 15 August, will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 from The Queen's Hall. The programme features works by Berg, Liszt and Beethoven and concludes with Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition. Haefliger is a celebrated Beethoven interpreter, receiving considerable acclaim for his unique renditions of the Sonatas over the years:


"A grandly rhetorical performance (of Beethoven’s Hammerklavier Sonata), which threw caution to the winds…a great artist like Haefliger “contains multitudes,” and will show different aspects of himself at different times…the immense slow movement was beautifully shaped, and this success filled Haefliger’s sails, carrying him in triumph through the huge and hugely difficult final fugue…"
Daily Telegraph


On 17 August, Egarr performs a recital of solo works for harpsichord by Byrd and Purcell at St Cecilia Hall. This is his first performance at the 2017 festival: the following week, he directs a programme of Telemann and Bach Cantatas for solo countertenor with the Academy of Ancient Music and Iestyn Davies. 


A regular at the EIF, Egarr has performed and conducted contrasting repertoire at the festival. Last year, he followed a solo Bach harpsichord recital with an acclaimed performance of Gilbert and Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore with Scottish Opera: 


"Every bar of the score came over with affection and clarity, and was as light as the wind whipping through the rigging. He worked wonders with the orchestra, who sounded utterly rejuvenated"
Seen and Heard International 

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Andreas Haefliger performs Perspectives 6 in return to Wigmore Hall

09 April 2017

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Andreas Haefliger returns to London on 23 April 2017 to perform his Perspectives 6 programme in full at Wigmore Hall. The programme consists of Beethoven Piano Sonatas No.10 and No.30, Berio Erdenklavier & Wasserklavier and Luftklavier & Feuerklavier and Schumann Fantasy in C major.


Haefliger recorded the programme for Avie Records in 2014, and describes how the programme was put together here:


"The programme emerged from the idea of connecting Beethoven’s early Opus 14 sonata and mature Opus 109 with Schumann’s Fantasie, a work informed by its composer’s profound reverence for Beethoven and unconditional love for Clara Wieck. I want to show how each piece progresses towards a kind and gentle loving spirit. Love comes in many forms; sometimes we find it in the humanistic form which is expressed so beautifully and with such gentleness in each of these pieces. While Opus 109 and the Fantasie are not only about this loving quality, and Opus 14 No.2 is not wanting in wit, it is their prevailing motive. We’re looking at a deeply human expression of extreme caring.


Berio’s encore pieces, written between 1965 and 1989, condense a universe of virtuosity, expression, styles and complexity into their short span. I try to include the music of our time in programmes wherever possible. The marriage of Beethoven and Schumann with Berio’s extraordinary encore pieces in Perspectives 6 arose very naturally and happily. The Berio pieces connect the three works from the past and give a ground-tone to the programme. At the end of the evening, you walk out almost as if you’ve been through a meditation."


The recital in London is preceded by a performance of the same programme at Klösterle Weil der Stadt on 21 April.

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Andreas Haefliger performs with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra in tour of Asia

17 March 2017

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Andreas Haefliger returns to the Singapore Symphony Orchestra this week for a performance of Messiaen Turangalila at The Esplanade Theatre on 1 April 2017. The performance is conducted by the orchestra's chief conductor, Lan Shui.


Haefliger’s last collaborations with the orchestra were for the world and European premieres of Zhou Long Piano Concerto, written especially for Haefliger and inspired by the pianist’s interest in Eastern spirituality - performances that were described by the Guardian as “a sensational tour de force from Haefliger”.


Haefliger then travels to India for recitals at the NCPA Mumbai and the Pune Music Society on 6 and 8 April. Haefliger performs his Perspectives 6 programme, which juxtaposes works by Beethoven Berio and Schumann, and which he recorded for Avie Records in 2014. He performs the same programme on 23 April in his return to the Wigmore Hall.

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Andreas Haefliger makes De Doelen debut with solo recital

01 January 2017

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Andreas Haefliger makes his debut at De Doelen, Rotterdam, on 15 January 2017, giving a solo recital of works including Beethoven Sonata No.10 and No.30, four Encores by Berio and Schumann Fantasie in C. Haefliger recorded and released this programme on Avie in 2014 as part of his Perspective series, to great critical acclaim:


"I’ll risk hyperbole and suggest that this disc, along with Mitsuko Uchida’s, are the two finest recordings of the Schumann Fantasie made thus far this century. Haefliger is an artist at his peak: confident, serene, consummately lyrical…a vision of musical architecture second to none."
International Record Review on Perspectives 6: Beethoven, Berio, Schumann (Avie Records)


Haefliger performs the same programme at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebæk, Denmark, on 13 January.

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Andreas Haefliger begins two-week US tour with Marina Piccinini

26 January 2016

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Andreas Haefliger embarks on a two-week US tour alongside internationally renowned flautist Marina Piccinini this month, opening the tour at the EJ Thomas Hall in Akron, Ohio, on 9 February 2016. The duo then visit Washington Performing Arts Society on 11 February, University of Florida on 13 February and Rockefellar University, New York City, on 17 February before closing the last leg of their tour at the Nasher Sculpture Centre in Dallas on 19 February.


As part of a programme that features the works of Prokofiev, Thomas Adès, C. Franck and Boulez, the performance also includes a world premiere of Marc-André Dalbavie’s Nocturne, a piece composed for Haefliger and Piccinini's 25th wedding anniversary.


Following his US tour, Haefliger returns to the United States in March for two performances of Schumann Piano Concerto with the Minnesota Orchestra and conductor Jesús López-Cobos.

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Andreas Haefliger continues his Perspectives recital series at Wigmore Hall

19 November 2015

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Following on from two recitals in Mumbai and Pune, Andreas Haefliger returns to London on 3 December 2015 to contine his Perspectives recital series at Wigmore Hall. Haefliger performs a selection of Mozart, Beethoven, Bartók and Brahms on, a programme designed to highlight the lesser known links and affinities between Beethoven Piano Sonatas and the music of other composers.


Click here to watch a video exploring the Perspectives series in more depth.

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Andreas Haefliger: performances with Doric Quartet at Wigmore Hall & Concertgebouw for European tour

25 January 2015

Andreas Haefliger focuses on chamber music during February with several concerts alongside the Doric Quartet. This new collaboration was suggested by the Wigmore Hall’s Executive Director John Gilhooly – a fan of both Haefliger and of the quartet.


They play the Shostakovich Piano Quintet together at the Wigmore Hall on 14 February, preceded by a tour across Europe, notably to the Amsterdam Concertgebouw on 8 February and for the Bilbao Philharmonic Society on 9 February.

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Andreas Haefliger gives European premiere of Zhou Long’s Piano Concerto at BBC Proms

19 August 2014

Andreas Haefliger returns to London on 2 September to give the European premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Zhou Long’s Piano Concerto at the BBC Proms. Haefliger, who the Sunday Times recently described as "a pianist at the peak of his powers", performs with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra under the baton of the orchestra’s Music Director Lan Shui at the Royal Albert Hall, following on from the piece's world premiere in Singapore on 4 July.


This unusual piano concerto, which was written for Haefliger, explores the fusion of spiritual Eastern elements with more traditional Western music practices, and incorporates ideas inspired by Haefliger’s personal interest in kung-fu.
Haefliger will be discussing the composition alongside Lan Shui on Monday 1 September on In Tune on BBC Radio 3.


UPDATE:
Haefliger's performance of the Piano Concerto was praised by the Guardian as “a sensational tour de force from Haefliger”, and by the Daily Telegraph:


“the inventiveness of Zhou’s orchestration and the work’s often irresistible rhythmic exuberance held the attention. It’s hard to imagine a more committed and vivid performance than it received here from the Shui, his orchestra and the pianist Andreas Haefliger.”

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Andreas Haefliger: two concerts with Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra at London’s Cadogan Hall

07 February 2014

Andreas Haefliger joins the Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra and its Chief Conductor Michel Tabachnik in their London residency at Cadogan Hall this month, for performances on 21 and 22 February. Haefliger will perform both Ravel piano concerti: the G major on 21 February and the Left Hand on 22 February.


This follows Haefliger’s performance with the Brussels Philharmonic of the Left Hand Concerto at De Singel Antwerp as part of the KLARA radio station’s music day, with live radio relay and subsequent television broadcast.


Haefliger’s next London appearance will be 9 April when he returns to the Wigmore Hall for a solo recital of Beethoven, Berio and Schumann.

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Andreas Haefliger performs recital at Beijing’s National Centre for Performing Arts

01 November 2013

Andreas Haefliger returns to Beijing in November for a recital at the National Centre for Performing Arts.


On 15 November Haefliger performs a selection of Berio, Beethoven and Schumann, a programme which he will bring to Wigmore Hall, London, in April 2014.


Haefliger’s recital in Beijing is a reinvitation after his extraordinary performance of Beethoven’s Hammerklavier last Autumn at the NCPA Beijing and at Shanghai’s Concert Hall.

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Andreas Haefliger performs recital at the Edinburgh International Festival

01 August 2013

Andreas Haefliger will perform Beethoven's 'Hammerklavier' sonata and Schubert's Sonata in G major D.894 sonata at the 2013 Edinburgh International Festival. His recital, on 17 August, is in the Queen's Hall series.


You can also hear Haefliger in conversation on Radio 3's In Tune the day before, 16 August, when he also will treat a studio audience to a live performance.


"The contours of Beethoven’s piano masterpiece ['Hammerklavier' sonata] are delineated with wonderful authority.”


Independent, Album of the week, November 2011 (album: Perspectives 5)

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Andreas Haefliger performs with the Orchestre de Paris at the Salle Pleyel and on tour

25 October 2012

Andreas Haefliger replaces Grigory Sokolov at 24 hours’ notice, playing recitals at Louisiana Museum of Art in Copenhagen, on 25 and 26 October. The programme is Schubert Sonata in G major, D.894, and Beethoven 'Hammerklavier' Sonata Op.106.


This is the same programme Haefliger recently performed on tour in China, at the Beijing NCPA and Shanghai Concert Hall, with great success and immediate re-invitations.


On 8 November Haefliger will appear with the Orchestre de Paris and Paavo Järvi playing Mozart's K.491 concerto at the Salle Pleyel and on tour to Zurich, Bern, Lucerne and Geneva (18 to 21 November).


A short film has just been released of Haefliger playing at the Wigmore Hall and discussing with distinguished journalist James Jolly the making of his latest album, Perspectives 5, featuring Beethoven’s 'Hammerklavier' sonata together with Liszt’s Les Annees de Pelerinage Suisse.

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Susie Mcleod
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+44 20 7608 9920
smcleod@intermusica.co.uk

Sana Khan
Associate Artist Manager
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skhan@intermusica.co.uk

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