Retinsky’s Marian Antiphones conducted by Currentzis

Teodor Currentzis will conduct the ‘Salve Regina’, part of the ‘Marian Antiphons’ composed by Alexey Retinsky.
On February 8 at the Moscow Conservatory with the famous Choir “Musica aeterna”…   

The Marian Antiphons were commissioned by the conductor Olga Prykhodko, with financial support of the Institute of Religious Sciences St. Thomas Aquinas in Kyiv. The cycle is dedicated to the 800th anniversary of the Dominican Order (Ordo Fratrum praedicatorum). The First recording was made by Ensemble Alter Ratio in 2017.

The joy of working on Marian Antiphons consisted in the fact that I only had to create favorable conditions for a future tree like a gardener, almost impartially watching him grow independently. Everything else was due to the fruitful soil of the prayerful Latin texts, every moment being ready to let a seed-sound die to be further born again. (Alexey Retinsky/2016)

Marian Antiphons at Donemus

Alexey Retinsky at Donemus

Link to the concert

Donemus in 2017

Missed our network drink at The Penthouse in The Hague? Enjoy our presentation to look back to 2017 and see the brief summery of our activities…   

14,000 compositions;
650 composers;
80,000 PDFs;
1,4 million digitzed pages;
500 new titles in 2017;
1,000 daily views;
1.9 concerts daily.

A few examples of orders last week
Michale Fine – Mexico
Karel Goeyvaerts – Russia
Vladimir Martynov – Sri Lanka
Rudolf Escher – Tokyo
Leo Smit – Sweden/South Korea
Daan Manneke – New York

Alexey Retinsky

Alexey Retinsky (ukr. Oleksii Retynskii) was born in 1986 in Simferopol, Crimea. Retinsky began his musical training with playing wind instruments. He graduated from the Simferopol School of Music, mastering the oboe, saxophone and trumpet. In parallel, he began to study composition autodidactically. Later on, he studied composition and electroacoustic composition at the Kiev Music Academy (under the tutelage of Prof. I. Sherbakov) and the Zurich University of the Arts (under Prof. Bruno Karrer and Prof. German Toro-Perez). In 2013-2014, he was working in the field of composition and audio design with a focus on multi-channel music in the sound studio “Idee und Klang” (CH; Basel). He completed his postgraduate studies with Prof. Beat Furrer at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz. Since 2014, he has been living and working in Vienna.

Retinsky’s oeuvre is broad and diverse; he creates symphonic, chamber and electronic music, as well as music for theatre, film, installation and performance art. His music works and various projects have been performed at the Mariinsky Theater (RU), National Philharmonic of Ukraine, MuseumsQuartier in Vienna, Museum Joanneum Graz (AT), Dresdner Zwinger (DE), and at the Festivals CIME/ICEM Denton (USA), MDR Musiksommer Eisenach (DE), Musik der zeitgenössischen Komponisten in Luzern (CH), Gaudeamus Muziekweek (NL) and many others. He has collaborated with such musicians and collectives as Antoni Baryshevski (UA), Voldymir Lawrinenko (DE), Luigi Gaggero (FR), Michail Menabde (GEO), Jean-Bernard Matter (FR); Olga Pryhodko and choir “Alter Ratio” (UA), the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Keuris Saxophon Quartett (NL), Ukho-ensemble (UA), Teodor Currentzis and MusicAeterna choir (RU). In the field of cinema, he has worked with the film company LenDoc (RU) and the director Nick Dreyden. In addition to his work as a composer and musician, Retinsky does painting and film photography.

His musical language seems peculiar in that it is distant from the tradition of the avant-garde and the so-called ‘minimalism’, despite the fact that the formal characteristics of the two can be found within his oeuvre. His experimental electroacoustic music often presents a different “music culture” as it aims to unite and transform a multitude of musical streams into a holistic experience. The term “music culture” in this context encompasses both the temporal and the geographic dimensions. Retinsky sees it as self-evident to try to revert the musical expression in all genres back to its original ritual meaning and create a connection between the listeners and musicians.

“… Alexey Retinsky is a fascinating young composer. This is a completely different category of music … “
Theodor Currentzis

Robert Holl

Robert Holl was born in Rotterdam and studied with Jan Veth and Davis Hollestelle. In 1971 he won the First Prize at the International International Vocal Competition ´sHertogenbosch and continued his studies with Hans Hotter in Munich. In 1972, he was awarded the 1st Prize at the ARD Music Competition.

From 1973 to 1975, Robert Holl has been a member of the Bavarian State Opera Munich. In the following years he reduced his operatic activities in favour of concert and Lied recitals. From the late 1980s he could be heard increasingly in opera productions. Mr. Holl was a regular guest at the Vienna State Opera, the Brussels and Zurich Oper House, the Staatsoper Unter den Linden and the Deutsche Oper Berlin as well as at the Cologne Opera – mostly in the main Wagnerian roles.
His roles at the Vienna State Opera since 2002 include Landgraf Hermann, König Marke (TRISTAN UND ISOLDE) under Christian Thielemann, Franz Welser-Möst and Peter Schneider, Gurnemanz (PARSIFAL) under Donald Runnicles and Pimen (BORIS GODUNOW) under Daniele Gatti.

After his huge success as Hans Sachs at Bayreuth´s MEISTERSINGER production in the years 1996 to 2002 under conductors such as Daniel Barenboim and Christian Thielemann, Robert Holl sang Gurnemanz from 2004 to 2007 in Christoph Schlingensief´s production of PARSIFAL. In the years 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012 he could be heard as König Marke at the Bayreuth Festival.

In 2013, Robert Holl participated at the autumn tour of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra under Christian Thielemann with Beethoven´s IX Symphony in Japan and Russia. Season 2013/2014 included concerts at the Vienna Musikverein with the Vienna Symphonic under the baton of Philippe Jordan with extracts from Wagner´s “Meistersinger” as well as in the cycle “Poesie und Musik” (“Poetry and Music”). Further highlights were Haydn´s Nelson-Mass in San Francisco and Copenhagen, his Mass in Time of War in Los Angeles and concerts in Vicenza, all under the baton of Sir András Schiff, Shostakovich´s Michelangelo-Suite in The Hague as well as recitals with pianist Oleg Maisenberg in Moscow and at the Vienna Musikverein.

The current season sees recitals at Wigmore Hall in London, in Stuttgart, Linz and Rotterdam, to name only the most important ones.

Being an internationally sought-after concert singer, Robert Holl has worked with the most renowned conductors and orchestras in Europe, the USA and Japan. But before all, he is one of the most important Lied singers of our time. He is particularly interested in the German and Russian Lied repertoire and especially close to the work of Franz Schubert.

Robert Holl has participated at important international festivals in Europe and abroad. Upon invitation of Swjatoslaw Richter he participated several times at the Moscow Winter Festival and the Tours Festival. As artistic director of Schubertiades in the Netherlands and in Austria he realizes special programs and concert cycles.

Numerous recordings of orchestral works and Lieder – with piano partners such as Sir András Schiff and Oleg Maisenberg – show the artist´s versatility. Compositions by Robert Holl – songs and piano works – have been published in print and on CD.

Since 1998, Robert Holl has been a professor for Art Song and Oratorio at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.

In Austria Robert Holl was awarded the title Kammersänger and the Cross of Honor for Arts and Science. In 1997, he became honorary member of the Society of Music Lovers in Vienna. In his native country he has been „Ridder in de Orde van de Nederlandse Leeuw“ since 2007.

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