About our program

Distinguished listeners, dear members of KammerMusikKöln,

I give you my heartfelt greetings and invite you to share our passion for chamber music as we enter our seventh season. We have given it the title Turning Points, because this season we will be presenting works that have given important impulses to musical history and other contemporary composers.

For example, Arnold Schoenberg ended the romantic period with his string sextet Verklärte Nacht in order to simultaneously open doors for the further development of his twelve-tone technique. The compositions of Claude Debussy, whose death 100 years ago we remember in our second program, has impressed and influenced many contemporary composers. Rarely heard works of his friends Eric Satie and Albert Roussel complete the program.

Knowing the overwhelming success of Beethoven's septet of 1802, Louis Spohr composed his nonet op. 31 in 1813 - probably the first of its kind - and inspired other composers such as Franz Berwald, Franz Schubert or George Onslow to write for large mixed ensembles.

A baroque concert during the Advent season will require your active participation, as four-part sets of traditional Advent and Christmas songs will be performed together with you. Of course our musicians will support you in all registers of the voice!

As in the previous season, we have again programmed two recitals. The first is a program for flute and harp, with Alja Velkaverh and harpist Antonia Schreiber, who has been known to you from concerts a few years ago. The second recital will be a classical piano violin evening, in which Nicholas Rimmer and José Blumenschein, who will join us again, to our delight, will perform the monumental Kreutzer Sonata by Beethoven, among others.

We have again invited guests, some of whom are performing here for the first time, such as the Alinde Quartet from Cologne and Natalie Chee, Concertmaster of the SWR Symphony Orchestra and Paulina Kilarska, who will enrich our Advent program at the harpsichord.

We are also looking forward to seeing our fellow guests Laura Ruiz Ferreres, Julian Shevlin and Andreas Mildner, all of whom have performed in recent seasons as part of our concerts.

I wish you and us an exciting and successful 2018/19 season.

Sincerely yours,

Prof. Matthias Buchholz
Vice-Chairman and Founding Member of KammerMusikKöln