1. New CDs
Hans Rott's String Quartet in c minor is available
for some time now in an interpretation by the Mandelring
Quartett recorded at the Gustav Mahler Music Weeks
Toblach 2003. It's worthwhile buying it alone for the
unique performance although it comes only in a CD Box
of three CDs (along with works by Mahler, Wagner, Shostakovich
For details and purchase information see http://www.hans-rott.de/cdegmm03.htm.
IHRG members can buy this CD box at a very favourable
price; for details see the current issue of DIE QUARTE
October 2004, another recording of the Symphony No.
1 in E major came out. It's a very interesting
interpretation by the Philharmonisches Orchester des
Staatstheaters Mainz with Catherine Rückwardt
conducting (Acousence records ACO-CD 20104). For further
details and purchase information see http://www.hans-rott.de/cderueck.htm
Presumably by the end of January 2005, Acousence will
publish a CD with chamber music by Hans Rott, i. e.
the Symphony for String Orchestra in A-flat major (Streicher
des Philharmonischen Orchesters des Staatstheaters
Mainz with Enrico Delamboye conducting) and the String
Quartet in c minor (Mainzer Streichquartett). For more
details, as soon as available, see http://www.hans-rott.de/cde.htm
IHRG members can buy this CD, too, at a very favourable
price; for details see the current issue of DIE
QUARTE (see below).
2. DIE QUARTE
Just out: the first issue (in colour) of our new magazine
QUARTE (The Fourth) published in a German as
well as an English version which will replace our
circular letter to our members. Most members of the
International Hans Rott Society will have received
their copies by now. From the contents of issue I/2004:
" This Dig has been Worthwhile"
interview with GMD Catherine Rückwardt
The Bells of Kiruna
Hans Rott going north
Hans Rott in Tokyo
How Hans Rott came to the Aargau
3 . More news from the International Hans Rott Society
Besides DIE QUARTE there are three other very good
reasons for joining the International Hans Rott Society
a) The membership fees have been reduced: As of now,
full members pay an annual fee of just 30.00 Euro.
b) The Annual Gift 2004
who become a member still in this year will receive
the annual gift 2004 with - among others -
the Symphony for String Orchestra in A-flat major and
the Prelude to "Julius Caesar". Both works
have been recorded on the occasion of this year's world
premieres of both works and will not be available anywhere
else. Despite some technical shortcomings they are
a very interesting alternative to those published or
being published soon on commercial CDs.
c) CDs at a special price
Members of the International Hans Rott Society will
get the three recently published commercial Rott CDs
at a considerably (20 % and more) reduced price. For
details see DIE
the IHRG General Assembly on October 16, 2004 in
Cologne, the Board had been re-elected for a second
period: Dr Uwe Harten (Vienna), Erwin Horn (Würzburg),
and Martin Brilla (Aachen).
4 . Review
The Asian first performance of the Symphony No. 1
in E major in Tokyo in November 2004 by the Japan Philharmonic
Orchestra with Ryusuke Numajiri conducting had been
a surprisingly great success. A detailed report on
the rehearsals and the performances you will read in
the current issue and the next of DIE QUARTE.
Also the five performances of the Symphony at the Philharmonie
in Cologne/Germany (WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln
with Neeme Järvi and the Gürzenich-Orchester
with Sebastian Weigle conducting) had been a great
5 . Outlook
Next year we may look forward to the following performances
of the Symphony No. 1 in E major:
March 2005: Neue Philharmonie Westfalen, Johannes
April 2005: Orchester des Staatstheaters Kassel, Rasmus
NDR Sinfonieorchester, Alan Gilbert
Also in April 2005 the Swedish first performance of
the Symphony for String Orchestra in A-flat major will
The same month will see another highlight: On April
12, 2005 the world premiere of the Suite in E major
will take place in Hagen/Germany. The Philharmonisches
Orchester Hagen with Antony Hermus conducting will
perform it along with Gustav Mahler's Symphony No.
1 - an interesting combination, no doubt.
More details and events you will find, as always,
We wish all the subscribers of our newsletter a Happy
New Year with many exciting musical events.