Vorspiel" - broadcasting of the German premiere
All who have missed the
concert on March 22nd 2002 and its first broadcasting
have one more chance to have a listen to (and tape)
this really good performance of the PV. Jac van Steen's
interpretation is very different from Dennis Russell
Davies' one (on cpo CD) because it respects all of Rott's
instructions in the score - Dennis Russell Davies
mostly ignores them.
August 2nd, 2002
Österreich 1 (Austria Radio 1)
The Ö1 Concert
European Music Festivals. Hans Rott: Pastorales Vorspiel
(Pastoral Prelude) * Franz
Schubert-Franz Liszt: Wandererfantasie C-Dur, version
for piano and orchestra * Claude Debussy: Preludes (selection)
Strauss: Suite from the opera 'Der Rosenkavalier' (Barry
Symphonie-Orchester, Jac van Steen)
(Recorded on March
22nd in the Konzerthaus, Berlin).
Presented by Peter
The transmission should
be available throughout Europe as Radio Österreich 1
is transmitted as well via satellite Astra.
Many thanks to Uwe Harten
for the information!
2. Bard Music Festival
in New York
In just a few weeks the
Bard Music Festival will take place. Besides Gustav
Mahler's oeuvre there will be performances of works
by Hugo Wolf and Hans Rott - some of them are world
Sunday, August 11th 2002
Mahler and Friendse
4:30 p.m. Preconcert Talk:
Hans ROTT (1858-1884)
String Quartet in C Minor (1879-80)
Hugo Wolf Quartet
Songs on Poems by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, for bass-baritone
(1876) [World Premiere]
Dean Elzinga, bass-baritone; Dennis Helmrich, piano
Just two months later an
- concerning Hans Rott - even more important event will
take place in Germany: The Bruckner Festival 2002 in
Würzburg, which has developped to a real "Rott Festival"
- thanks to Erwin Horn's enourmous engagement. We are
now able to give you more details:
October 12th, 2002
11:00 a.m., Hall of the
former Mozart-school, Maxstr. 2
Songs, Piano works and
quartets by Anton Bruckner and Hans Rott
They will give the following
of Rott's works:
- "Pater noster" accompanied
by string quintet (world premiere!)
- Das Abendglöcklein -
"Des Glöckchens Schall" (Zusner) (world premiere!)
- Geistergruß - "Hoch
auf dem alten Turme" (Goethe) (european premiere)
- Wanderers Nachtlied
- "Über allen Gipfeln ist Ruh" (Goethe) (european
- Der Sänger - "Was hör'
ich draußen vor dem Tor" (Goethe) (world premiere!)
- String Quartet in c
- Das Veilchen - "Als
ich das Veilchen heut' gefragt" (world premiere!)
- Das Vergißmeinnicht
- "Das liebliche Vergißmeinnicht" (world premiere!)
- Mailied - "Wie herrlich
leuchtet mir die Natur" (world premiere!)
Markus Bellheim (piano), Johannes Weinhuber (baritone)
and Marina Spielmann (soprano).
details (in German language)
In the meanwhile it is
certain that Rott will played as well during the organ
concerto (also) on
8:00 p.m., Augustinerkirche
Organ concerto: Bruckner
and Wagner on organ
Besides Bruckner and Wagner,
Erwin Horn will play his transcription of the 1st
movement of Rott's Symphony in E major
Apart from that you will
have the chance to listen to the Rott's Symphony in
E major and his "Pastorales Vorspiel" for orchestra on
October 19th and 20th, 2002.
will be the first performance of the version
published by Ries & Erler; we're looking forward
I fear that the performance
of the Pastoral Prelude under the direction
of Dennis Russell Davies won't be better than the one
which can be found on the cpo CD. Russell Davies seems
not to to care for Rott's instructions and prefers to
play the piece rather fast and mechanically.
4. New publishers for
some of Rott's works - finally!
Until now it was very hard
to obtain scores for most of Rott's works - even for
the important ones as the Symphony in E major and the
string quartet in c minor. We don't know why but the
- much-deserved - British musicologist Paul Banks often
doesn't even reply to requests for scores which he exclusively owns.
This unacceptable situation
Because of Banks' behaviour
the Bayerischer Rundfunk (Bavarian Broadcasting Corporation)
has ordered new scores for Rott's Symphony - this
will be done by Ries & Erler - on the occasion of
the Bruckner Festival.
The string quartet in c
minor will be published by Doblinger. Let's hope they
will edit it completely - containing all five movements.
Just a few weeks after
the Bruckner Festival, on October 23rd, 2002,
there will be a performance of Rott's Symphony
in Kempten. Although there are different details concerning
the orchestra, we believe that the organizer is right:
Hungarian Symphonics Pecs.
It is remarkable that the
performance will be directed by Hans Richter. He is
the great-grandson of the famous director (of the same
name) in which Hans Rott placed his hopes concerning
a performance of his symphony with the Viennese Philharmonics
- in vain. Maybe this performance is a kind of compensation?
We will try to contact Richter and ask him.
6. cpo-CD successful
Although the period of
the special introductory price has been terminated some
time ago, the latest recording of Rott's symphony in
E major (cpo) is more successful than we dared to hope:
It reached position no. 3 of jpc's (an online cd-shop
with stores in northern Germany) classical top
10 (regarding July 1st).
7. "New" CD including
At the very end, we are
proud to present something very special: In the web
I found a CD containing transcriptions of several works
for organ, trumpet and trombone. It's called "Symphonia"
and contains - besides works by Verdi, Bach, Vivaldi,
Galilei, Mozart, Planel and Mancusi - the first movement
"Alla Breve" of Rott's Symphony in E major.
It has been recorded by
Josef Hofbauer (trumpet), Renate Slepicka (trombone)
and Reinmar Wolf (organ), who also wrote the transcriptions.
We will present this album in a short while on the website.
If you can't wait, you
might have a look and order
I'm just willing to reveal
that - apart from the other pieces - the Rott transcription
is very interesting because it makes evident that the
symphony has been composed by an organist. But it's
more than "just" interesting: After Rott, the main theme
at the beginning should be played by the trumpet in
a "gesangvoll" manner ("as sung"). This interpretation
gets closer to this instruction than others.