Jun Märkl will open the MDR Musiksommer on 23 June with a televised performance in Magdeburg Cathedral of Mendelssohn’s ‘Lobgesang’ Symphony with the MDR Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.
His recording of the same work was released to critical acclaim on Naxos in spring 2011: “This new Leipzig performance, finely played and sung, and spaciously recorded, could win over many doubters to Mendelssohn’s splendid symphony-cum-cantata.”
Gramophone, March 2011
“Märkl blows away any Victorian cobwebs with a reading that keeps Mendelssohn’s precision scoring firmly on its toes. This approach reaches its zenith in the glorious chorus Die Nacht ist vergangen (‘The night is departed’), which pushes forward with an elatory zeal guaranteed to activate the goose flesh. He negotiates the tricky Allegretto second movement – halfway between a scherzo and song without words – with remarkable assuredness, and captures the ‘religioso’ spirit of the slow movement without the slightest tinge of bogus piety.”
Classic FM Magazine, March 2011
This concert marks the end of his five-year tenure as Principal Conductor. Highlights have included tours to Spain and the Baltics, regular appearances in the Berlin Konzerthaus and Cologne Philharmonie, and a performance of Schumann’s rarely-heard opera Genoveva at the Rotterdam Opera Festival.
Earlier in June Märkl will make his first visit to Hong Kong, conducting the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra in a French programme with regular collaborator Jean-Yves Thibaudet.