Matthias Pintscher

Friday, 07. February 2020, 8.00 pm
Munich, Herkulessaal
Introduction 6.45 pm


Nina Šenk
Concerto for orchestra (2019) [commissioned by musica viva, kindly supported by the friends of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra e.V., world premiere]


Matthias Pintscher
SHIRIM for baritone, mixed chorus and orchestra (2019) [commissioned by musica viva and the Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest Amsterdam, world premiere of the complete cycle]

Matthias Pintscher, Conductor

Georg Nigl, Baritone

Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks

Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks

Although there has been no shortage of attempts, love has never been sung more beautifully than in the Song of Songs, the Old Testament book that unites earthly fulfilment with a deep yearning for the divine. Composer Matthias Pintscher, too, finds these songs “the most beautiful love poems ever written”. The Song of Songs has left traces in his music that run all the deeper for being set the original Hebrew. “Everything in Hebrew seems so compressed”, he explains. “Each and every word is so rich in meaning, so full of radiance.” His cycle Shirim thus attempts to develop a sonic universe from this language, a universe that seeks to be much more than an accompaniment. Under his baton, this triptych for baritone, chorus and orchestra will be heard complete for the first time at musica viva. Joining it is a newly commissioned piece by the Slovenian composer Nina Šenk, who completed her studies with Pintscher. Over the last two decades Šenk has produced a host of orchestral works that combine her vivid imagination with a special love for the symphony orchestra.

impressions from the concert and the rehearsals

Matthias Pintscher © Astrid Ackermann
Composer and conductor Matthias Pintscher.
BRSO © Astrid Ackermann
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra at musica viva.
Nina Senk © Astrid Ackermann
Nina Šenk after the world première of her Concerto for orchestra.
Nina Senk und Matthias Pintscher © Astrid Ackermann
Nina Šenk with her teacher Matthias Pintscher.
BRSO © Astrid Ackermann
Bavarian Radio Chorus and Symphony Orchestra
BRSO © Astrid Ackermann
Baritone Georg Nigl at the first complete performance of Matthias Pintscher's SHIRIM cycle.
BRSO © Astrid Ackermann
Matthias Pintscher und Georg Nigl © Astrid Ackermann
Matthias Pintscher © Astrid Ackermann
BRSO © Astrid Ackermann
Komponistin Nina Šenk und Matthias Pintscher vor dem BRSO (c) Astrid Ackermann
Composer Nina Šenk and conductor Matthias Pintscher
Matthias Pintscher (c) Astrid Ackermann
Matthias Pintscher
BRSO, Pintscher und Nigl (c) Astrid Ackermann
Matthias Pintscher and Georg Nigl (Baritone)
Georg Nigl (c) Astrid Ackermann
Georg Nigl (Baritone)
Matthias Pintscher und Georg Nigl (Bariton) (c) Astrid Ackermann
Matthias Pintscher and Georg Nigl (Baritone)
BR-Chor (c) Astrid Ackermann
Bavarian Radio Chorus
Das BRSO im Herkulessaal von oben (c) Astrid Ackermann
The BRSO at Herkulessaal
Holzbläser (c) Astrid Ackermann
Jonathan Gross and Christopher Corbett
Ivanna Ternay (c) Astrid Ackermann
Ivanna Ternay
Stefan Tischer (Tuba) (c) Astrid Ackermann
Stefan Tischler
Magdalena Hoffmann (Harfe) (c) Astrid Ackermann
Playing the harp with a double bass bow: Magdalena Hoffmann
Modifiziertes Becken (c) Astrid Ackermann
Cymbal with modification
Schlagwerker-Utensilien (c) Astrid Ackermann
Matthias Pintscher (c) Astrid Ackermann
Matthias Pintscher
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