Concert: Hollywood in Dresden Frauenkirche: Hope and Vogler in duet

Hollywood in Dresden’s Frauenkirche: Hope and Vogler in a duet

Violinist Daniel Hope and cellist Jan Vogler play a duet in the Dresden Frauenkirche. Photo

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This year, the Dresden Music Festival wants to open horizons and has special concerts in its program. They surprise with lesser-known pieces – and look to the future.

Violinist Daniel Hope and cellist Jan Vogler brought a touch of Hollywood to the Frauenkirche on Tuesday evening at the Dresden Music Festival. Accompanied by the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, they played famous film scores by composers such as Florence Price, John Williams and Miklós Rózsa, both solo and in duet.

In particular, her interpretation of the Sinfonia concertante for violin and cello by Rósza, who became known through compositions of classics such as “Quo vadis?” and “El Cid”, caused enthusiasm in the church, which was filled to the galleries. The audience celebrated the soloists with applause and bravos, and the orchestra and conductor Anna Rakitina with standing ovations after Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony in E minor.

Two renowned artists on stage

With Hope and Vogler, two renowned artists were on stage together, both of whom are also prominent players in Saxony’s culture. Hope is the music director of the Frauenkirche and Vogler is the artistic director of the Dresden Music Festival and the artistic director of the Moritzburg Festival for Chamber Music. With their encore, they remembered the composer Erwin Schulhoff, who also lived in Dresden for a while. Unlike the Hungarian Rózsa, who was able to flee to America from the Nazis and caused a sensation there as one of the creators of the “Hollywood Sound”, the Prague native was interned and died in a camp in Bavaria, said Hope.

Contemporary music is the focus of the last week of the festival, with three more premieres of works by the British jazz musician Cassie Kinoshi and the American composer Hannah Ishizaki. “My tip: just listen and experience new worlds of sound,” said artistic director Vogler. “This is the music of the future.”


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