"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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Sinfonie Nr.5 by Anton Bruckner at the end of the concert season

Marc Niemann will conduct Anton Bruckner's Symphony No. 5 in B flat major on 17/18 and 19 June at the end of the season, thus making a contribution to the Bruckner Year on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the great Austrian composer's birth. In Bruckner's oeuvre, this monumental work marks the full development of his individual tonal language and impresses with the perfect balance between form and content.

Bruckner was never able to hear the work, which he described as his ‘Fantastic’, in concert, as he was unable to attend the premiere in 1894 for health reasons.

Alongside this glorified masterpiece is the ‘Symphonic Epilogue’ by the Czech composer Hans (Hanuš) Winterberg (1901-1991), who was born as the son of a rabbi in Prague and survived the horrors of the Holocaust in Theresienstadt. After the war, he emigrated to the young Federal Republic of Germany and developed his musical language, which he himself said was ‘originally based on Arnold Schoenberg, but finally found a way of polyrhythmic and polytonal character’.

His work was not accessible to the public until recently and is now being celebrated as a discovery in many places. The Symphonic Epilogue will be performed by the Philharmonic Orchestra Bremerhaven for the second time since its premiere in 1952.

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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