Kluttig, Roland


Roland Kluttig, born 1968 near Dresden, is one of the today's most accomplished German conductors of his generation. Associate Conductor of Stuttgart Opera from 2000-04, he made an acclaimed recording of Schoenberg's Moses und Aron with its the cast, chorus and orchestra; the numerous productions he conducted there included Nono's Al gran sole, Lachenmann's Das Mädchen mit den Schwefelhölzern and Feldman's Neither.

His current and future engagements include orchestras such as the Dresden Philharmonic, the Radio Symphony Orchestras of Stuttgart, Freiburg, Frankfurt, Berlin, Leipzig and Munich, the Deutsches Symphonieorchester and Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Residentie Orkest The Hague, Klangforum Vienna, ASKO and Collegium Novum Zurich.

He conducted the world premiere of Richard Ayres' opera The Cricket Recovers at the 2005 Aldeburgh Festival in what was named 'best production of a new opera' by The Independent'; examples of his adventurous programming include the combination of Varese's Ameriques with Frank Zappa's large scale orchestral pieces, or Haydn's Seven Last Words with  Messiaen's Et exspecto ressurectionem.



The ensemble's highly qualified and motivated musicians perform works dating from the 20th  and 21st centuries, from solos to larger-scale repertoire, both in concert settings and in interdisciplinary productions. Asko|Schönberg occupies an unassailable position in the arts through its enormous versatility, constant forward momentum and its ability to mirror topicality or even fly in the face of it. Collaboration between musicians and composers is a key element of its work. They examine musical and theatrical formats, techniques and possibilities through a dynamic working process that results in exciting discoveries, new insights and innovative methods of presentation. Asko|Schönberg, while respecting its 20th century heritage, is creating the repertoire of the future. The musicians are highly specialised in the performance of new music, thanks in part to their intensive collaboration with the composers.

The ensemble appears in a select number of concert halls both at home and abroad and is a regular guest at festivals in cities such as Cologne, Zagreb and Paris. In recent seasons, the ensemble has performed in South Africa, Melbourne, London, Paris, Los Angeles, New York and Jakarta.

Asko|Schönberg is the ensemble in residence at the Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ in Amsterdam.

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Ada Nieuwendijk

Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra

Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra

As one of the most innovative and flexible ensembles of its kind in Germany, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra (hr-Sinfonieorchester) is celebrating its 80th anniversary in the 2009/10 season. Thanks to its extraordinarily broad repertoire and its wide range of concert and CD activities, the symphony orchestra of the German Public Radio of Hesse is now enjoying an outstanding international reputation. Experiments and discoveries both in the area of old and new music and the collaboration with top-class conductors and soloists is just as much part of its artistic profile as is the boundary-crossing Music Discovery Project, the participation in the International Conductor’s Competition Sir Georg Solti as well as numerous children and youth projects.

It was the orchestra's first conductor in 1929, Hans Rosbaud, and his emphasis on both traditional romantic repertoire and contemporary music that has forged the path the orchestra has trodden ever since. Following the end of World War II, Kurt Schröder and Winfried Zillig set about rebuilding the orchestra, but it was Dean Dixon, Eliahu Inbal, Dmitri Kitaenko and Hugh Wolff, who have established and carried on the orchestra's truly international reputation in subsequent decades. Estonian-born Paavo Järvi has been the new Chief Conductor of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra since 2006.

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hr / Anna Meuer/ Tim Wegner



MusikFabrik has been commissioning new works and performing unknown ones since 1991. It is never just a question of interpretation, but of taking new paths of development.

The Cologne-based soloist ensemble has built up a close collaboration with prominent conductors and composers: its guest list is as prominent as it is long, and includes Mark Andre, Louis Andriessen, Stefan Asbury, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Péter Eötvös, Heiner Goebbels, Toshio Hosokawa, Mauricio Kagel, Helmut Lachenmann, Olga Neuwirth, Emmanuel Nunes, Carlus Padrissa (La Fura dels Baus), Enno Poppe, Henri Pousseur, Wolfgang Rihm, Peter Rundel, Rebecca Saunders, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Sasha Waltz and Hans Zender.

Contrary to what its name suggests, the musikFabrik does not have a boss. With its democratic base, the musicians themselves take the responsibility for making all-important decisions. This particularly applies to concert programming, which has shaped musikFabrik’s very unique profile. Their programmes consist of interdisciplinary projects that can include: live electronics, dance, theatre, film, literature, visual arts, along with chamber music and the confrontation with works using an open form and improvisation.

Blaauw, Marco

Marco Blaauw studied trumpet at the Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam. He continued studying with Pierre Thibaud and with Markus Stockhausen. He has an international career as a trumpet soloist and is a permanent member of the ensemble musikFabrik in Cologne. Some of the orchestras and new music ensembles with which he has performed as soloist are: the Dutch Radio Symphony Orchestra, the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Klangforum Wien, London Sinfonietta and Asko|Schönberg Ensemble. Marco Blaauw's goal is the further development of the trumpet, its technique and its repertoire. He works in close collaboration both with the established and younger composers of our time. Many works have been written especially for Blaauw or have been inspired by his playing, including compositions by Peter Eötvös, Rebecca Saunders, Richard Ayres, Isabel Mundry and Hanna Kulenty. Since 1998, Marco Blaauw has worked intensely with Karlheinz Stockhausen, and has premiered solo roles in scenes of the opera cycle LICHT. In August 2008 he presented the premiere of "HARMONIES for trumpet" from Stockhausen’s unfinished cycle KLANG for BBC Radio 3 in the Royal Albert Hall.
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This colourful disc showcases Richard Ayres’s melodic, eclectic and theatrical style, which owes as much to the exuberance of Janacek as Kagel’s experiments: Ayres explains 'I want to use consonance, dissonance, melody, texture, elephants, clouds, snowballs, anything, from any time and whenever it is needed.'



'There’s an exuberance, a craziness but also a real sense of an emotional rather than purely intellectual engagement that makes it such a terrific listen.' James Jolly, Gramophone

'Richard Ayres has been a prophet without honour in the UK, but NMC's new disc should redress the balance. Postmodernism without the bling!' Richard Whitehouse, Gramophone

'Some of the wackiest music this side of Charles Ives on acid.' NZ Herald

'There's no doubting that his music ­demands a response ... It's very strange, very quaint and in its way charmingly engaging.' Guardian

'Would that all musical postmodernism were as intriguing and provocative as this!' Gramophone

'this is rambunctious, joyous music ... repeatedly delighting ... highly recommended'  BBC Music Magazine




No.37b was recorded for Hessischer Rundfunk on 1 February 2008 at the hr-Sendesaal, Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

No.36 was recorded live at Huddersfield Town Hall on 28 November 2004, for BBC Radio 3, as part of the 2004 Huddersfield Festival of Contemporary Music.

Balance Engineer TONY WASS for BBC Radio 3
Producer CHRIS WINES for BBC Radio 3
Mixing & digital editing DAVID LEFEBER

No.31 was recorded 22-28 February 2002 in the Kubus-Saal ZKM Karlsruhe, Germany.

Executive Producer COLIN MATTHEWS

Cover and Graphic design FRANCOIS HALL

No.37b: (P) 2010 Hessischer Rundfunk
No.36: (P) 2010 NMC Recordings Ltd
No.31: (P) 2003 MuziekGroep Nederland
© 2010 NMC Recordings Ltd

Schott Music
Catalogue number:
NMC D162
Release Date:
8 March 2010