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This morning, David Green will be appearing on Midweek to discuss his grandfather – Ignatz Waghalter.

Waghalter, a German-Polish Jewish composer, was renowned and celebrated during his lifetime for his rich, Romantic works. He was the first Music Director of the Deutsche Oper Berlin and introduced many of Puccini’s operas to the German public: he conducted debut performances of both Tosca and La Bohème. Due to his flight from Nazi Germany, followed by a stark change in compositional style after the Second World War, Waghalter’s works were lost and forgotten.
However, a chance meeting between violinist Irmina Trynkos and David Green led to the foundation of The Waghalter Project in order to reincarnate the composer’s repute through the performance and recordings of his works, together with conductor Alexander Walker. The Waghalter Project has recorded a CD of Waghalter’s complete violin repertoire, which has received a coveted “Supersonic Pizzicato” award, and was released on Naxos this October
To hear the personal stories of such an extraordinary musical figure, tune in to Midweek at 9:00 am on BBC Radio 4 here.
For more information on the Waghalter Project, visit its official website here, or the CD’s page on the Naxos website here.

(Written on December 12, 2012 )

This evening, Cadogan Hall will play host to Ignatz Waghalter: The Lost Romantic. Due to the extraodinary circumstances of his life, Waghalter’s works were lost and forgotten due to his flight from persecution, and the change in musical style following the Second World War. Sixty years after the composer’s death,  his works were discovered and The Waghalter Project was established to re-establish Waghalter as one of the great late Romantic composers. Project founder and violinist, Irmina Trynkos, will be performing Waghalter’s works with the English Chamber Orchestra and conductor Alexander Walker, amongst works by Mozart, Dvořák, and Mendelssohn. Having not been performed in over 100 years, tonight will be a unique opportunity to hear Waghalter’s Violin Concerto in A major, and Rhapsodie for Violin and Orchestra.

For the chance to see the performance of Ignatz Waghalter’s works, or more more information, click here.

The Naxos recording of the violin repertoire can be purchased here.


 

(Written on November 14, 2012 )

This afternoon, Irmina Trynkos and Alexander Walker will appear on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune to discuss their upcoming concert at Cadogan Hall on 14th November, and will be joined by pianist Tomasz Lis, a long-time collaborator of Irmina’s.

Violinist Irmina, who founded the Project and discovered the forgotten works of Waghalter, will be performing the composer’s Idyll Op.19b alongside Beethoven’s Violin Sonata Op.30 live, accompanied by Tomasz. Both Alex and herself will also be discussing the success of The Waghalter Project, which has gained much recognition and accomplishment since the CD launch. Having entered the Top 20 Specialist Classical Music Chart at number 16, Ignatz Waghalter’s lost violin repertoire has begun to receive the appreciation it once held in the composer’s lifetime.

Listen to In Tune on BBC Radio 3, at 4:30pm to hear the rich, Romantic works of Ignatz Waghalter.

The Naxos recording of the violin repertoire can be purchased online here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Waghalter-Rhapsodie-Latsabidze-Philharmonic-Orchestra/dp/B00925T9Z6 

 

 

(Written on November 1, 2012 )

This week, the newly released Naxos recording of Ignatz Waghalter’s Violin repertoire entered the Top 20 Specialist Classical Music Chart at no. 16. Performed by virtuoso violinist Irmina Trynkos, pianist Giorgi Latsabidze, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Alexander Walker, the CD features Waghalter’s Violin Concerto in A major, Op.15 and Rhapsody for Violin and Orchestra, Op.9 as well as the Violin Sonata Op.5 and two encore pieces for violin and piano: Idyll, Op.19b and Geständnis. The Violin Concerto Op.15 was also played on BBC Radio 3’s Breakfast Show this morning.

Having been a hugely celebrated and respected composer during his lifetime in Berlin, Ignatz Waghalter died in relative obscurity in 1949. His rich, Romantic works were forgotten in favour of the more popular avant-garde movement. With the increasing success of the Waghalter Project, however, they are rapidly becoming recognised and appreciated once more for their timeless appeal.

The CD of Ignatz Waghalter’s violin repertoire can be purchased online here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Waghalter-Rhapsodie-Latsabidze-Philharmonic-Orchestra/dp/B00925T9Z6 

Don’t miss out on your chance to win two tickets to the Waghalter Project concert at Cadogan Hall, one of London’s finest venues, on the 14th November. To find out more, please visit the MDT website here.

(Written on October 16, 2012 )

On 14th November, Irmina Trynkos and the English Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Alexander Walker will perform a selection of works from Ignatz Waghalter’s lost repertoire. The concert will feature the first performance of his Violin Concerto in A Major since 1911, and Rhapsodie for Violin and Orchestra, which will be the first performance since 1907, alongside works by Dvořák, Mozart, and Mendelssohn.

Although celebrated in his lifetime, Ignatz Waghalter’s works have been forgotten since his flight from Europe in the Nazi era, and the change in musical fashions, which followed the end of the Second World War. Violinist Irmina Trynkos, together with conductor Alexander Walker, pianist Giorgi Latsabidze, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, has recently recorded Waghalter’s works for violin to, which is now available to buy here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Waghalter-Rhapsodie-Latsabidze-Philharmonic-Orchestra/dp/B00925T9Z6 

To win two tickets for this unique opportunity to hear groundbreaking performances of Ignatz Waghalter’s music at one of London’s finest venues, visit the MDT website here.

(Written on October 10, 2012 )

Following the launch of Ignatz Waghalter’s violin repertoire on CD, Irmina Trynkos and Giorgi Latsabidze will be performing Waghalter’s Sonata for Violin and Piano in E minor op.82, alongside works by Wieniawski, and sonatas by Elgar and Schumann tomorrow at a concert at Philharmonie Berlin at 7:30 pm.

Ignatz Waghalter was a Jewish German-Polish composer, born in Warsaw in 1881. He and his family later moved to Berlin, where he worked under several esteemed composers, such as Joseph Joachim who encouraged and supported Waghalter to be admitted into the Berlin Akademie der Künste, where he studied composition and conducting. Alongside his composition, Waghalter was appointed conductor at Komische Oper, followed by the Deutsche Operhaus, Berlin, and was recognized as a huge musical figure, well-loved and respected by both musicians and his audiences. However, Ignatz Waghalter, like many composers of the time, was forced to flee his home in 1934, due to the invasion by the Nazis, and his works became lost and forgotten.

Whilst in Germany, Waghalter produced a huge reportoire for violin, some of which has been performed and recorded by virtuoso violinist Irmina Trynkos, pianist Giorgi Latsabidze, with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Alexander Walker. The CD features première recordings of the Violin Concerto in A major, Op.15 and Rhapsody for Violin and Orchestra, Op.9 as well as the Violin Sonata Op.5 and two pieces for violin and piano: Idyll, Op.19b and Geständnis.

Tomorrow evening’s concert will see the return of Waghalter’s music to be performed in Berlin once again.

To book tickets, and for more information, visit the event website here.

(Written on October 4, 2012 )

Today marks the CD launch of Ignatz Waghalter’s violin repertoire by Naxos, performed and recorded by virtuoso violinist Irmina Trynkos, pianist Giorgi Latsabidze, with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Alexander Walker. The CD will feature première recordings of the Violin Concerto in A major, Op.15 and Rhapsody for Violin and Orchestra, Op.9 as well as the Violin Sonata Op.5 and two pieces for violin and piano: Idyll, Op.19b and Geständnis.

To celebrate the launch of the album, Irmina and Giorgi Latsabidze will be performing Waghalter’s Sonata for Violin and Piano in E minor op.82, alongside works by Wieniawski, and sonatas by Elgar and Schumann tonight at a concert at St John’s Smith Square at 7:30 pm. For more information visit their website here.

Ignatz Waghalter was a Polish-German composer born in 1881 in Warsaw, later moving to Berlin. Born to a musical Jewish family, Waghalter was a prodigy pianist from a young age and winner of the Mendlessohn Award at the age of 21. Whilst in Germany, he was well-loved and respected by both musicians and his audiences, premiering three operas during his lifetime and producing a huge collection of works for violin with piano or orchestra. However, with the invasion of the Nazis, like many other composers of the time, Waghalter and his family fled their lives in Berlin and his works became lost and forgotten.

Irmina Trynkos and Giorgi Latsabidze will also be performing at the Philharmonie Berlin on Friday 5th October. For tickets and more information about the concert, visit here.

(Written on October 1, 2012 )