Photo: Reiner Pfisterer

Wolfram Christ returns to the Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino this week to conduct a concert as part of the Shostakovich cycle which the orchestra is undertaking in the 2018/19 season.

For his third collaboration with the prestigious orchestra Christ has programmed Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 9, op. 70.  This will be preceded in the first half by Federico Gardella’s Two Souls, interspersed with movements from Schubert’s incidental music to Rosamunde, Fürstin von Zypern. Two Souls, which is set for the Japanese noh voice and orchestra, was commissioned by Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and will be given its world premiere performance with soloist Ryōko Aoki and Wolfram Christ at the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino on Friday, 12th January 2018.

Further details about the performance can be found here: http://www.operadifirenze.it/events/wolfram-christ-4/

Coming from the heart of the great German orchestral tradition, conductor Wolfram Christ epitomises sincerity and musical integrity, and is praised for his exhilarating and sensitive interpretations. Former Principal Conductor of Kurpfalz Orchestra Mannheim and First Guest Conductor of Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra he is also one of the most distinguished exponents of his instrument and current Principal Viola of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra. His release of C.P.E. Bach’s Hamburg Symphonies with Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra on the hänssler CLASSIC label is widely regarded as the finest performance of these works.