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Bavarian Radio Chorus and Symphony Orchestra with Matthias Pintscher

Friday, 7 February 2020 | Herkulessaal in the residency of Munich | 8 pm

Introductory talk: 6.45 pm

Matthias Pintscher © Astrid Ackermann
Matthias Pintscher

Nina Šenk [*1982]

Concerto for orchestra [2019]
Commissioned by Bavarian Radios’ musica viva series | World première

Matthias Pintscher [*1971]

Cycle for baritone, chorus and orchestra [2009-19]
I for baritone and orchestra [2017]
II for a cappella chorus [2009]
III for baritone, chorus and orchestra [2019]
Commissioned by Tonhalle Zürich and Bavarian Radio’s musica viva series
First complete performance


Georg Nigl, baritone
Bavarian Radio Chorus
Yuval Weinberg, chorus master
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Matthias Pintscher, conductor


Tickets online



about the Programme

Although there has been no shortage of attempts, love has never been sung more beautifully than in the Song of Songs, the Old Testament book that unites earthly fulfilment with a deep yearning for the divine. Composer Matthias Pintscher, too, finds these songs “the most beautiful love poems ever written”. The Song of Songs has left traces in his music that run all the deeper for being set the original Hebrew. “Everything in Hebrew seems so compressed”, he explains. “Each and every word is so rich in meaning, so full of radiance.” His cycle Shirim thus attempts to develop a sonic universe from this language, a universe that seeks to be much more than an accompaniment. Under his baton, this triptych for baritone, chorus and orchestra will be heard complete for the first time at musica viva. Joining it is a newly commissioned piece by the Slovenian composer Nina Šenk, who completed her studies with Pintscher. Over the last two decades Šenk has produced a host of orchestral works that combine her vivid imagination with a special love for the symphony orchestra.

the concert on the radio

BR-Klassik will broadcast a live recording of the concert on radio. Broadcast date to be announced.

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