"Marc Niemann intelligently decoded the complex scores, but also kept an eye on the poetic mood."

Michael Pitz-Grevenig about sacre du printemps and Petrouchka in "Das Orchester" 6/2022

"Marc Niemann and the orchestra have played a decisive role in the success of the production. The interpretation is differentiated and sensitive, with a warm French sound"

Michael Stange on IOCO about the premiere of "Les contes d'Hoffmann"

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New release with world premiere recording of works by Hans Schaeuble

On 10 May 2020, a new recording of works by Swiss composer Hans Schaeuble was released on the Solo Musica label Munich. Bremerhaven's musical director Marc Niemann, who has caused an international sensation with his excavations of rarely performed repertoire, made this recording last October with the renowned Sinfonietta Riga, which performs worldwide with leading conductors and soloists and whose numerous recordings have received many awards - including the coveted Grammy.

The Serenade for String Orchestra op. 42 from 1956 can not only be found on this recording as a world premiere recording, but Marc Niemann and the Riga musicians probably premiered this work, as no performance has survived to date. The recording also presents the rather sombre Piano Concerto op. 50 (composed in 1967) with pianist Oliver Triendl, whose discography comprises almost 150 recordings, and the cheerful and light-footed Concertino for oboe and string orchestra op. 44 from 1959, for which the internationally renowned oboist Kai Frömbgen was engaged as the soloist.

"Hans Schaeuble's music combines lyrical, melodious passages with highly virtuosic Stravinsky-style motor skills in a very individual way, fanning out a very broad spectrum of expression. It is not only a pity that music of such atmospheric density and such a unique tonal language could be completely forgotten, it is incomprehensible!" (Marc Niemann)

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Rosenkavalier Premiere at Bremerhaven theatre

On 4 May 2024, the comedy for music "Der Rosenkavalier" by Richard Strauss based on a libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal will premiere at the Stadttheater Bremerhaven. Marc Niemann will be the musical director and Julius Theodor Semmelmann will direct.
Strauss and Hofmannsthal created this work in 1911, which contains so many allusions to already existing stage works, most obviously the proximity to Mozart's opera buffa "le nozze di Figaro", that it could almost be considered a historical outline of theatre history. However, it is often overlooked that neither the supposedly historically authentic language nor the frequently quoted waltz existed during Maria Theresa's reign. While this has given rise to criticism that "Der Rosenkavalier" is too close to operetta, scenes such as the presentation of the silver rose, the Marschallin's time monologue and the famous final sonnet are among the most impressive operatic scenes in literature.

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