An important date for
all who have not yet heard resp. recorded the first
German performance of the Pastoral Prelude which I
And a few days later:
(Hessischer Rundfunk/Hessian Radio Station) 2
Concert from Berlin
Rott: Pastorales Vorspiel (Pastoral Prelude)
||Schubert/Liszt: "Wayfarer's Fantasy" D 760
Strauss: 2nd Suite from "Rosenkavalier"
of the first German performance on March 22,
2002, Berlin, Konzerthaus)
Jac van Steen
HR (Hessischer Rundfunk/Hessian Radio Station)
am Vormittag (Morning Concert)
Overture to "The Flying Dutchman"
1st Clarinet Concerto in E-flat major op. 1
Piano Sonata in B-flat major KV 333
||Hans Rott: Symphony No 1 in E major; Cincinnati
Philharmonia Orchestra, Gerhard Samuel
2. The Würzburg Bruckner
Festival 2002 (Part III)
As my report about the
matinee on October 12, 2002 ("Lieder, Piano Pieces
and Quartets by Anton Bruckner and Hans Rott") in
Newsletter 3 had unfortunately been a very short one,
I am very glad that another member of the Internationale
Hans Rott Gesellschaft, Mrs Annette Salmon, who had
been one of the audience, too, was so very kind as
to write down her impressions:
with a beating heart that I arrived at the Great Hall
of the Würzburg Conservatoire for I was about to witness
a 'historic moment'! and it was in the front row where
I took a seat right away!
was introduced by Erwin Horn. The programme featured
pieces by Anton Bruckner and Hans Rott.
Markus Bellheim was interpreting Bruckner's "Erinnerung",
a character piece for piano in A-sharp major. Next
the accompanied Marina Spielmann (soprano) who sang
five Bruckner Lieder. The last piece by Bruckner,
the String Quartet in c minor was played by the Arco-Quartett.
It had been an impressive performance indeed and a
very pleasing one for it had been works hardly ever
heard in concert halls.
however, was still to come: The String Quartet in
c minor by Hans Rott.
the tension, there were three Rott Lieder first! It
was the first surprise: Hans Rott had composed beautiful
songs, which again had been very beautifully interpreted
by Johannes Weinhuber and Markus Bellheim!
great moment had come for me, and I caught my breath
as apparently did the audience, too! There was no
coughing, no noise, no fly to be heard any more; the
audience was completely concentrating - as were the
four string players on the stage: for the first time
we had an opportunity to listen to this String Quartet
being played in its five movement version! It had
been a very impressive moment!
work by Rott meet the expectations we entertained
after having heard his Symphony in E major?
We heard a very interesting and beautiful String Quartet
being interpreted by the young Arco-Quartett.
that Gustav Mahler had studied the score of the Symphony
in E major. I now ask myself whether he also knew
the score of the String Quartet, especially that of
the Adagio. To me Rott's Adagio seemed to be the birth
certificate of the Adagietto of Mahler's Fifth! Which
had been the second surprise! Let's hope a musicologist
will attend to this issue!
was concluded by more Rott Lieder. I must not forget
to mention the "Pater Noster" (a baritone solo, accompanied
by a string quintet plus double bass), for that had
been a first performance, too.
performance must be highly praised. They gave us a
wonderful concert and a lovely time. A big 'thank
you' goes also to Erwin Horn who had been responsible
for the entire organization.
only when the concert was over that I turned round:
The hall was full, about 300 people who had not coughed
once and enjoyed the concert as intensively as I had!
3. The "Julius Caesar"
Score Available Now
house of Doblinger/Wien has accepted the
"Prelude to Julius Caesar" for publication, the first
work by Rott in their programme. Performance materials
(edited by Frank Litterscheid) can be hired,
a study score (order no. Stp. 726) be bought as of
intend to publish further works by Rott. Any news
in this respect will be passed on by me.
4. The Performance
of the Symphony No. 1 in E major by the Detroit Symphony
To me one
of the greatest surprises of the year 2002 had been
the announcement that the well-renowned Detroit Symphony
Orchestra was going to give several performances Rott's
Symphony No. 1 in January 2003. I was not only lucky
to attend the first performance but also able the
during the rehearsals the performance had been mostly
as good as the remembered studio recordings. Especially
the 3rd movement proved the quality of the musicians,
especially the brass, and here above all the horns.
rehearsals did not convey an overall impression, for
even in the last rehearsal Järvi did many alterations
and he was rehearsing details so that it was only
in the concert that the Symphony was played completely
and the movements in the right order.
on January 16, 2003 had been very well attended. The
concert began with the Violin Concert op. 35 by Tchaikovsky;
the soloist was Vadim Gluzman who was justly celebrated
by the audience.
of the Symphony held some surprises in store for me,
despite having attended the rehearsals, for Järvi
had had some more alterations up his sleeve.
movement turned out very well, which for one thing
was due to the orchestra's quality, for another to
the good acoustics of the hall.
movement was played considerably faster than in the
interpretation by Segerstam. In a talk Maestro Järvi
stressed that, in his opinion, the instruction "very
slow" was permitting that tempo, too.
became a special experience: It was dance-like, carrying
away, and full of contrasts.
4th movement, Järvi again deviated from the instruction
"very slow" and did it very fast; it lasted less than
20 minutes! To Järvi's understanding a tempo instruction
is just a relative expression and he wants to stress
the "beautiful melodies" by playing them faster.
be mentioned that many interested people gathered
one hour before the concert began for a CocerTalk
in which Charles Greenwell gave them a very good introduction
into the Rott Symphony. For Greenwell dedicated less
than one third of the given time to Tchaikovsky's
(very popular) Violin Concert used the remaining time
to introduce the audience to the life and work of
Rott. He even presented a short analysis of the work
along with music examples.
In the next Newsletter
of the Internationale Hans Rott Gesellschaft you will
read more detailed report about the rehearsals, the
concert and the talks with Neeme Järvi.
5. The latest
Rott CD - A Review Comparing the CDs
I am not yet able to
give a final judgement about the latest recording
of the Symphony No. 1 in E major (Orchestre National de Montpellier,
Friedemann Layer). Anyway this recording
is a very interesting one in the reception history
for it sometimes deviates very strongly from the hitherto
known CDs: For instance it offers an unusual slow
interpretation of the 1st movement and frequently
strives to follow Rott's instructions to the point.
In this context it is
with great pleasure that I am able to announce that
before long you will find on the Rott Site a review
by the experienced critic Steve Francis Vasta in which
he compares all the recordings.
less than nine works by Rott had experienced their
first performance during the last year, there will
have taken place at least one performance of all -
hitherto known - playable compositions in the not
too distant future.
A further important step
into this direction is the first performance of both
of Rott's Choral Works with Caroline Prozeller conducting
which will take place in Würzburg this spring. More
details will be given soon. By the way, Doblinger
will publish those works, too.
It was by mistake that
the last newsletter had not been sent to all subscribers,
for which I do apologize. It therefore will be distributed
again along with the present one, and I count on the
understanding of all those of you who will receive
it for a second time now.
Thank you very much for
your interest and best regards,