The Mahler Chamber Orchestra joins forces with Conductor Laureate Daniel Harding and Håkan Hardenberger in a programme pairing Ludwig van Beethoven with works by Edgar Varèse and Mark-Anthony Turnage. The trumpet concerto Håkan, which Turnage wrote for Håkan Hardenberger, receives its German and Italian premieres on this tour. The concerts take place in Cologne (15 June) and Ravenna (19 June).
As Conductor Laureate, Daniel Harding collaborates regularly with the MCO: he most recently conducted the MCO Academy in February 2016. This short project in June is the third time Håkan Hardenberger performs with the orchestra, the last time being an extensive tour to Austria, Germany and Luxembourg in 2013.
Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Håkan is the second collaboration between the British composer and the Swedish trumpet player, following their musical “psychological study” From the Wreckage in 2004. In addition to the trumpet concerto, the programmes in Cologne and Ravenna include Varèse’s Intégrales and Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony.
This tour leads the MCO to Cologne, a city closely linked to the orchestra since its early years and as part of its former North Rhine-Westphalia residency and the annual MCO Academy, as well as to Ravenna, as part of the 27th edition of Ravenna Festival – the renowned Italian festival connected to Riccardo Muti.